Silver wine beaker

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A Keswick School of Industrial Arts silver wine beaker, marked KSIA, Birmingham 1896/7.  Decorated with grape repousse work. Whilst the Keswick School registered a hallmark at Birmingham in 1889 this is one of the few other early pieces known by them (see AK 14 also). It is probably made by Thomas Sparks. He was one of the leading metalworkers at the School at this time and copper pieces signed by him have the same distinctive hammered background, comprised of rows of small hammered dashes.

Maker:  Keswick School of industrial Arts
Designer: Unknown, probably made by Thomas Sparks
Date : 1896
Marks: KSIA, Birmingham, date letter “w”
Material: Sterling silver
Condition: Excellent
Size: 9.5cm diameter, 8cm tall
Weight : 165 grams

SKU: A15 Category:


See Ian Bruce “The Loving Eye and Skilful Hand” for further information on the KSIA and S. Pudney, “The Keswick School of Industrial Art, An experiment in artistic philanphropy.”