Silver plated William Mark coffee pot with Ashbee family inscription

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I am delighted to have found this quirky item which has an inscription from the Ashbee family.  The coffee pot itself is plated, and a rather lovely design by the Australian Guild of Handicraft member William Mark. He stayed on at the Guild after 1909 for a few years before setting up on his own for a short period.  By 1920 he had returned to Australia.  This piece dates to 1915.

The really exciting feature is the inscription “N.F from M.E.A & J.F.A, 19 Feb 1915”  Nevill Forbes was Janet Ashbee’s brother and 19th Feb was his birth date.  The initials are for Mary Elizabeth Ashbee and Jane Felicity Ashbee, Charles Ashbee’s two daughter aged about five and two at this time. No doubt Janet Ashbee organised this gift from her two daughters to their uncle.

This is now in the collection of Court Barn Museum

Maker: William Mark
Designer: William Mark
Date : 1915
Marks: Signed W. Mark, Chipping Campden
Material: Silver plated copper, fruit wood
Condition: Not great! Well loved.
Size: 21.5cm tall
Weight : NM

SKU: A257 Categories: ,


See Alan Crawford, “C.R. Ashbee”, Yale University Press. Nevill Forbes was an important Russian/Slavic scholar and Professor at Oxford University.

In 1913 a plated piece also by Mark was given to Charles Ashbee as a Christmas gift also inscribed from his two oldest children, Mary and Felicity.  This is now in a private collection, having come from the Ashbee family.

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