Posted 3 years ago
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.