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    Posted 5 years ago

    Peasejean55
    (491 items)

    For me I haven't seen a pendant like this from Murrle Bennett.
    In the second photo which isn't very clear, I've put a photo from the auction explaining the design that was made by Hermann Haussler, who worked for the Theodor Fahrner Jewellery factory
    In Pforzheim, Germany around 1910, according to the photo Fahrner often made pieces for Murrle Bennett.
    To me this is a lovely Silver pendant with multicoloured enamel flowers in a Jugendstil style. It has a hammered finish and is marked on the back 950 for purity of Silver and the Murrle Bennett monogram.
    Many thanks for looking.

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    Comments

    1. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Woaaah! a beauty!
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      WoW !!!
      WHAT A STUNNER !!!!
    3. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Wonderful Jean - the enamel!
    4. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Thanks Kyra, vetraio and racer for leaving great comments and love.
    5. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Many thanks
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    6. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Many thanks
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    7. BelleEpoque BelleEpoque, 5 years ago
      Interesting overlap of Murrle Bennett and Fahrner... And lovely pendant :)
    8. Bluboi Bluboi, 5 years ago
      Jean--this is a wonderful find. I have several of the Fahrner pieces with the floral design and hammered background. MB and TF worked very closely together and every now and then you find a co-stamped piece. Here is a close up of a necklace:

      http://photos.imageevent.com/bluboi/fahrner/websize/Fahrner%20Haussler%20necklace2.jpg
    9. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the link Bluboi, and comments. I've been looking up Hermann Haussler, Theodor Fahrner and Murrle Bennett. I didn't realise Theodor Fahrner died in 1919, so I believe this is a early piece..
    10. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      BellaEpoque, it is a interesting overlap, I'd never seen work From Murrle Bennett in this manner, it's interesting how the makers and designers worked together, I'm a bit confused of who's work it really is, seeing that I believe Haussler designed the pendant I think Fahrner made it, and it has Murrle Bennett monogram. In a way it's the same as Bernard Instone who made a lot of Sybil Dunlop Jewellery, and may be he did work for Shipton and co.
    11. Bluboi Bluboi, 5 years ago
      There is a good write-up of the relationship between Bennett and Fahrner in a Fahrner book I have at home. I will dig out more details tonight.
    12. Bluboi Bluboi, 5 years ago
      Let me see if I can synthesize the Bennett/Fahrner connection. This information is from "Theodore Fahrner Jewelry...between Avantgarde and Tradition," by Hase-Schmundt, Weber and Becker.

      Theodor Fahrner Jr.
      - 1855: the firm of Seeger and Fahrner (Sr.) was founded, located in Pforzheim

      - 1859: Theodor Fahrner Jr. was born

      - 1883 Fahrner Sr. dies and the business is taken over by Theodor Fahrner Jr. and by 1887 his firm is listed as a jewelry manufacturer

      - 1900 (through Fahrner's death in 1919): designs for Fahrner jewelry were made by numerous artists (of which one was Hermann Haussler). Fahrner was highly unusual in allowing his designers to mark their jewelry though the individual markings weren't consistently applied. He employed both free-lance artists as well as hiring staff designers. Haussler was a staff designer from 1908-1911 and "introduced flower decor with good luck." All of the flower brooches shown in the Fahrner book are attributed to Haussler, but it doesn't appear he signed any of his pieces.

      - 1901: Introduction of the TF trademark, enabling exporting to Britain and collaboration with firm of Murrle, Bennett & Co.

      - 1919: Fahrner died after a long illness and the firm was sold to Gustav Braendle

      Murrle, Bennett & Co.
      - 1884: the firm Siegele & Bennett was formed. Siegele and Murrle were cousins and both were friends with Theodor Fahrner.

      - 1896, Siegele withdrew and Ernst Murrle became a partner in the firm now called Murrle, Bennett & Co. Murrle and Bennett were born in Pforzheim.

      - Murrle, Bennett & Co had a shop at 13, Charterhouse Street in London and up to 80% of the wares were from Pforzheim, especially from the firms of Wilhelm Fuhner and Theodor Fahrner. The firm also exported to France and had representatives in Edinburgh and South Africa.

      - Murrle traveled up to 6 times a year to Pforzheim to examine the new jewelry and export the finished products through the firm's sales agency of Immanuel Saake (who was also a part owner of Murrle, Bennett & Co.). Apparently a very large portion of the jewelry bought by Murrle was manufactured by Fahrner and had the trademarks of both firms (though I only rarely see the double mark!).

      - 1909: Murrle, Bennett & Co. founded a subsidiary named the "Artistic Rolled Gold Co."

      - WWI (1916) ended the German leadership of Murrle, Bennett & Co. (Murrle was interned on the Isle of Man). The firm's ownership passed into the hands of British colleagues in 1917 and was renamed White, Redgrove & Whyte
    13. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Thank you so much for your time and for giving me all this information Bluboi, now I can see all the connections. In a nutshell, Hermann Haussler designed this pendant, Theodor Fahrner made it, and Murrle Bennett sold it. I hope I'm right. Yet again thank you.
    14. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 5 years ago
      We'll done Jean. This was a good buy. I have a piece with both marks, designed by one of Farhner's in-house desigers.
    15. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Hi Jewels1900 thanks for your encouraging comment, it's much appreciated.
    16. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Many thanks
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    17. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Many thanks
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    18. ozmarty ozmarty, 5 years ago
      lovely!
    19. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Thank you for passing by ozmarty, and leaving a lovely comment.
    20. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Many thanks
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    28. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
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    29. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 2 years ago
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