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Posted 2 years ago

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kiwipaul
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James Fenton was a prolific Birmingham, England silversmith whose mark was first entered in 1854, and whose company traded as late as 1956.

They were a famed thimble manufacturer who produced many small silver items in Victorian times, and then diversified into silver and enamel jewellery in the early 1900's.

Their silver and enamel pieces are highly collectible and usually quite striking with superb enameling. It was great to get a matching set with the necklace and earrings.

The pendant above is 4cm x 2.5cm excluding the suspension rings, and it's hallmarked with the Birmingham Anchor, and the date letter "i" for 1908, the earrings have an "h" for 1907.

I can't find any info about Fenton's designers, however the pendant has a Secessionist look similar to German Jugendstil pieces of the period.

Some people claim their pieces were sold through Liberty & Co, and while I've never seen any proof of that, their items wouldn't have looked at all out of place there.

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  1. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
    Nice set, Paul, I love these colors together :-)
  2. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
    Just beautiful.
  3. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 2 years ago
    I agree with both Kyra and Karen, lovely set.
  4. Bluboi Bluboi, 2 years ago
    Beautiful colors and great style. It is interesting to see the differences in the enamel on the earrings -- shows these were man (hand) made. So hard to find a set!
  5. Zowie Zowie, 2 years ago
    Stunning
  6. BelleEpoque BelleEpoque, 2 years ago
    Hmmmm, lovely!
  7. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    beautiful colors!
  8. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 2 years ago
    Nice Paul. You need some better ear wires so your wife can wear them!

    I don't think I've seen Fenton earrings before. So rare and in such good condition.

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