Silver

Two large George Hunt silver forks

Price: £350 each

For sale are these two large silver arts and crafts forks by the renowned silversmith and jeweller George Hunt. The forks are an exceptional gauge of silver and really lovely “in the hand”.  The marks have been struck satisfyingly deep along the handle, and also the George Hunt mark repeated on the fork itself.

Condition of both forks is excellent.

Maker:  George Hunt

Designer:  George Hunt

Date: 1938

Marks: GH, Chester, “n”

Material: Sterling silver

Condition: Excellent

Size: 21.5 cm long

Weight: 98 grams, 3.5 oz each

SKU: A1074/5 Category:

Description

George Edward Hunt (1892-1960) was a notable Birmingham Arts and Crafts jeweller. He was born on 2 September 1892 in Dudley, near Birmingham. At the age of five he contracted diphtheria and became deaf.The family left the Black Country and moved to Harborne, a suburb of Birmingham, where Hunt remained until his death in 1960.

In 1908, at the age of sixteen, Hunt won free admission to the Margaret Street Art School in Birmingham, where he was taught by Bernard Cuzner. He was awarded several prizes for both design and metalwork in national competitions.

Hunt opened a shop at Five Ways, near Birmingham city centre. By the 1920s his clientele included aristocracy such as Eileen Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland, for whom he made a series of enamelled miniatures of her ancestors.

He is buried at St Peter’s Church, Harborne, alongside his parents.

An exhibition of his work, The Silent World of an Arts and Crafts Jeweller was held by Bonhams in 2006, at their premises in London, Bath and Knowle, near Birmingham.

Additional information

Period

Art nouveau, Arts and crafts

Maker

George Hunt