An early Liberty Cymric silver cigarette case by Archibald Knox

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For sale is this exceptionally rare  Liberty & Co Cymric silver sugar cigarette case, hallmarked London 1900, date letter “e”.  This is undoubtedly an early formative Archibald Knox design and this piece will appear in Dr Stephen Martin’s forthcoming third edition of his seminal work “Archibald Knox”.

The Cymric range was launched in May 1899, just one week prior to the start of the 1899 London assay year date letter “d”. By the end of 1899 Liberty had registered its Birmingham marks, and most pieces from c 1900 carry the Birmingham mark “a”.  This unusually carries the London date letter “e”.  I have written about these early pieces before, notably A513 and and in my article “Origins of the Liberty Cymric range“.

Condition is excellent.

Maker: Liberty & Co

Designer: Archibald Knox

Date : 1900

Marks: Ly & Co Liberty mark, London, date latter “e”

Material: Sterling silver

Condition: Excellent

Size: 1.0 cm high, 10.25 cm long, 7.75 cm wide

Weight : 123 grams, 4.3 oz

SKU: A953 Category:


See article by myself, Anthony Bernbaum, entitled “Origins of the Liberty Cymric range”  in the Archibald Knox Society Journal 2014 Volume III, Page 26.  Liberty registered their new London marks in the final week of May 1899, one week before the London date letter changed to “d” for 1899/1900. Thereafter, all Liberty items of this period carry Birmingham marks.  Archibald Knox earliest works at this time did not yet carry his trademark modernist style or classic celtic knots. Please see additional images.

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