An H Minns necklace of the Artificers Guild

Price: £1,000-£5,000

For sale is this exceptional arts and crafts silver and agate necklace by Horace Minns of the Artificers Guild.  The necklace is beautifully crafted, made to a very high standard with stunning agate stone.  The piece is not assayed but is marked for “Minns”.

Minns is known as one of the leading silversmiths who worked for the Artificers Guild and my research on him is summarised further below in “Additional information”.  Minns originally seems to have worked for Joseph Hodel of the Bromsgrove Guild who witnessed his wedding in Liverpool in 1910. From 1911 Minns was working in London and had his own studio at 54 Willow Road, Hampstead, London.

Minns produced jewellery marked in his name using designs taken from, or inspired by, Edward Spencer’s Artificers Guild.  This pendant is very much in the style of Artificers Guild.

Maker:  Horace Minns

Designer:  Horace Minns

Date : c 1915

Marks: Not assayed, stamped Minns

Material: Sterling silver, agate

Condition: Excellent

Size: 13cm diameter, 7.5cm tall

Weight : 317g, 11.2 oz

SKU: A588 Category:


Minns is variously recorded as Horace or E Minns in the various journals and catalogues of the period.  A record of his publications and brief biography is set out below:

1905  Bristol and Clifton 8th Arts and Crafts Exhibition: H Minns wins 3rd prize in the silver category, behind the Guild of Handicrafts (1st) and Gaskins (2nd).

1910 Arts Crafts Exhibition Society:  H Minns is recorded in the 1910 Catalogue as executing work for Joseph Hodel.

1910: Living in Liverpool, marriage witnessed by Joseph Hodel.

1911 census: Living in London.

1912 Arts Crafts Exhibition Society: Recorded as executing work for Edward Spencer and the Artificers Guild.

1913 Studio Journal: Work by Minns for the Artificers Guild is illustrated.

1916 Studio Journal:  Minns is recorded as executing a perfume bottle (see Van den Bosch Gallery) by the Artificers Guild, designed by Edward Spencer.

1916 Arts Crafts Exhibition Society: Minns is recorded as executing work for the metal working firm of Bainbridge & Reynolds.

1926 Arts Crafts Exhibition Society: Minns is recorded as executing work for the Artificers Guild.