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    Posted 8 years ago

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    Murrle Bennett and Company was a wholesale jeweler established in London in 1884 by the partnership of Ernst Mürrle of Pforzheim, Germany and John Bennett of London, England.

    The firm achieved significant successes after 1900, producing pieces in the German Art Nouveau style known as Jugendstil. They supplied Liberty & Co., the London Arts and Crafts emporium, and collaborated with famed art jewelers of the day, including Theodor Fahrner.

    There is evidence MB&Co were outworkers to Liberty & Co., supplying Liberty designs to keep up with demands that Liberty couldn't satisfy from their own production firm of William Hair Haseler (WHH) in Birmingham.

    Murrle Bennett and Co. was short-lived, and the partnership between the German Mürrle and British Bennett did not survive the trauma of WWI.

    This necklace is a fab piece when worn, the pendant is an eye-catching 70mm high and has lovely mobility.

    It's a great example of Murrle Bennett's one-off Arts & Crafts pieces, and shows the transition around 1900 to use of non-traditional settings with semi-precious stones and commonplace items such as oyster shell.

    The two large sections of blister pearl contrast beautifully with the sparkling red gems, I've never had these tested, however presume they're almandine garnets.

    Still they could be rubies, see the very similar MB&Co. ruby earrings from the archive on, one of the world's greatest resources for Arts & Crafts, Nouveau and Deco jewelry.

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    1. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 8 years ago
      A very lovely piece of jewellery.
    2. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Wow. Just exquisite!
    3. inky inky, 8 years ago
      I have to say these are my favourites, they are just so beautiful so very feminin....:-)
    4. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 8 years ago
      So beautiful...
    5. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      Stunning !
    6. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Hi Paul, I hope your well. I was wondering if this pendant is gold or silver, looking at the photo it looks to be gold.
    7. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 5 years ago
      Hi Jean, yes it's gold, I can't remember the carats, probably 15ct, cheers
    8. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Thanks Paul, I've just bought a silver blister pearl and I think garnet swag necklace, it is marked for Murrle Bennett. I was wondering if these pieces were earlier then the silver enamel. I'll post when I'm back in the UK.
    9. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 5 years ago
      Hi Jean, look forward to seeing it.

      I think MB&Co also had a line of designer pieces that were more exclusive and maybe one-offs or quite limited editions.

      Another one of these would be this peridot and ruby brooch:

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