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    Posted 4 years ago

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    While I was in the U.K. I came across this very large cigar case. I recognize it immediately, it is the work of William H Haseler, I do have a couple of his cigarette cases here on CW. It as a Birmingham hallmark and a date mark for the year 1910 also his makers mark. The case measures approx 16 cm in length 7 1/2 in across and weighs a hefty 180 grams.

    He is a interesting character. He was very influential with Liberty and I've put a few details of him and his connection to Liberty & Co, below.

    William H Haseler was born to John and Sarah Evert (Hair) Haseler in 1821/1882 in Birmingham. He married Elizabeth Rabonne in 1851 and together they had 6 children. In 1870, Haseler founded the company, W. H. Haseler & Co, specializing in gold and silver work, and jewellery.

    Five years later, Arthur Lasenby Liberty (1843-1912) started a small shop on the corner of Regent St in London. Specializing in exotic goods from Japan and the Far East, his business thrived and he became a leading merchant to the upper classes, including famous members of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. The store soon became the most fashionable place in London, featuring luxurious wares including fabrics, clothing, furniture, clocks, jewellery, wallpapers and decorative objects of all kinds. His efforts to promote the Art Nouveau style, with its depiction of leaves and flowers in flowing ornamental lines, were so influential that the term "Stile Liberty" became the accepted term for the style.

    During the 1890s, Liberty formed relationships with leading English designers. In 1898 Liberty and Haseler created a formal partnership to launch the Cymric silver line under the title Liberty and Co Cymric (Ltd) " using free lance designers. One of those designers, Archibald Knox (1864-1933) began designing for Liberty in 1899. He forcused on the new Celtic design work for the Cymric range and its Pewter counterpart, known as Tudric. Haseler was responsible for making many of Knox's designs. Knox was a highly gifted designer and is largely credited with the success of Cymric silverware. He continued to design for Liberty until 1912.

    William H Haseler died 1909 in Shropshire, but his company continued in partnership with Liberty until 1926. Haseler pieces can be found in collections of the V&A museum in London, as well as many museums throughout Britain.

    Many thanks for looking.

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    1. trunkman trunkman, 4 years ago
      Beautiful piece!!
    2. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      Aww, thank you so much trunkman, I really appreciate the visit.
    3. trunkman trunkman, 4 years ago
      You are very welcome -- :)
    4. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 4 years ago
      Wow ! That's so gorgeous ! :)
    5. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      Thank you nutsabotas, I really appreciate the visit and comment.
    6. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Incredibly BEAUTIFUL cigar case!! My friend, who collects cigar memorabilia, would go nuts over this!!
    7. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 4 years ago
      Oh how I would love to have that...I'd give it to a friend of mine for sure. I didn't even know these were made but it makes perfect sense. It is beautiful!
    8. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
    9. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Absolutely stunning Jean!! Love it!
    10. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      Hi Scott, I would love to know what your friend says. I have looked online and have seen one similar to this by William H Haseler unfortunately there was no information. As always thank you for your comment.
    11. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      Thank you shareurpassion, it is a great addition to my collection of cigarette silver cases.
    12. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      Thank you kyra.
    13. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      Hi Judy, thanks for your comment.
    14. Junkman60 Junkman60, 4 years ago
      Very nice. Thank you for sharing
    15. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      Hi Junkman, thank you for the visit and I appreciate your comment.
    16. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 4 years ago
      Love it!
    17. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      Many thanks vintagelamp :-)
    18. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      Many thanks

    19. Rick55 Rick55, 4 years ago
      Very nice piece and write-up Jean!
    20. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      Awww, thank you Rick :-))))
    21. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      Many thanks

    22. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      Many thanks


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