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Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Trefid Spoon - George Edward Hunt - Chester 1948
REF: CA2112 / LA353645
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This is well made solid sterling silver spoon, of good size, made by the renowned Birmingham jeweller and silversmith, George Edward Hunt. The piece carries full U.K. hallmarks to the back of the stem, and these are for Chester 1948. The makers mark is the usual GH in shield for George Hunt, and the is also present (as is usual) on the spoon's bowl, near where it meets the stem. The piece is completely hand planished, and you can see leftover hammer marks to both the bowl and stem. The piece is made in the Arts & Crafts style, and appears to be a representation of a much older 'Trefid' type design to the terminal. Plus, it also has an older style 'rattail' to join the stem to the bowl. George Edward Hunt (1892-1960) was a Dudley born jeweller and silversmith, working in the Arts & Crafts style. It's known that George had contracted diphtheria at the age of 5, which unfortunately left him permanently deaf for the rest of his life. In his early years his family moved to Harborne near Birmingham, where he remained living and working until his passing in 1960. In 1908 George gained admission to the Birmingham School of Art on Margaret Street, where he received tuition from another famous designer and metalworker, Bernard Cuzner (one time designer for Liberty & Co). He also studied at the Vittoria Street School of Jewellery and Silversmithing, where the headmaster of the jewellery school was Arthur Gaskin, a man who undoubtedly influenced his style of work, particularly his jewellery pieces. George operated a shop selling his pieces near Birmingham city centre, and it gained popularity during the 1920's with such clientele as the Duchess of Sutherland, for whom he made some items. It's known that George worked alone in a studio room in his garden, and pieces such as this example are extremely hard to find. It's fair to say that he is better known for his exquisite jewellery, and cutlery items such as this are certainly uncommon. In 2006, Bonham's auctioneers hosted a travelling exhibition of his work entitled, The Silent World of an Arts & Crafts Jeweller -alluding the fact that George had been deaf from an early age. The spoon measures 21cm in length and is 5.3cm wide across its bowl - its weight is approximately 71g / 2.28 troy ounces. At this size it's likely that the spoon was designed as a serving piece. The condition is good and solid, with any notable damage or faults. There is a perfectly normal levels of wear from use and handling, such as very light contact marks, but this is nothing that detracts whatsoever. If you have any further questions, please ask.
Century Antiques has clarified that the Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Trefid Spoon - George Edward Hunt - Chester 1948 (LA353645) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1948
The condition is good and solid, with any notable damage or faults. There is a perfectly normal levels of wear from use and handling, such as very light contact marks, but this is nothing that detracts whatsoever.
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This Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Trefid Spoon - George Edward Hunt - Chester 1948 is located in Kilby, United Kingdom