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    Posted 4 years ago

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    I’m thrilled with these 2 pieces I think I can attribute both of these to Archibald Knox. They came as a pair the quality of the photos were not good, also their were only 2 bidders, so I was thinking they maybe fake which I was quite willing to take the risk and I’m so glad I did.
    They are both marked for Liberty & Co, Birmingham hallmark for a 1900 and d for the year 1903 also Cymric which was a line made for Liberty & Co.
    In 1890s, Liberty formed relationships with many leading English designers. In 1898, Liberty and William 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 & Co in 1899. He forcused on the new Celtic design work for the Cymric range and it’s Pewter counterpart known as Tudric. Haseler was responsible for making many of Knox’s designs. Knox is a highly gifted designer and is largely credited with the success of Cymric silverware.
    I would like to know if people think this pendant and brooch were designed by Archibald Knox. I have seen the same design but I’m not sure if I can upload the photos on CW.

    Many thanks for looking

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    1. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      Same brooch
    2. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      Very nice write up on these two lovely brooches :-)
    3. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      Hi Manikin thanks for your kind comment. Luckily for me one is a pendant the other a brooch. Apparently Brad Pitt Is a big collector of his work. Archibald Knox work can go for mega amounts of money.
    4. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 4 years ago
      Hi Jean, I'm not sure if these are Knox off the top of my head. I've certainly seen this design many times before. I'm wondering what they were originally as they show no signs of being hat pins or large buttons. Anyway, I'll have a look in my Knox books when I get a moment and let you know. I have a good selection with Knox designs. Got something very interesting & Knoxish myself recently, might be a modern interpretation, might not - won't know until it arrives.
    5. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      Hi Jewels1900 the brooch is definitely a brooch, I’ve looked at the pendant for clasp or hinge marks but I can’t find any so I’m presuming it was originally a pendant. The enamel is in great shape hardly any missing enamel missing and considering their good age they are both in excellent condition, a few scratches here and there on the back. They both weigh approx 11 grams and 1 1/2 in diameter so I would think to large to have been hat pins.
    6. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      Many thanks

    7. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      I’ve been looking at these again and I’ve now come to the conclusion that they were neither a brooch, pendant also I don’t think they could have been for a hat pin or buttons.
    8. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      Many thanks

    9. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 2 years ago
      Well I do believe this brooch and pendant were originally enamel buttons by Archibald knox. My 2 were converted into a pendant and brooch, whoever adapted them made a good job.

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