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Liberty & Co. "Cymric" Celtic Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Spoon

Liberty & Co. "Cymric" Celtic Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Spoon
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The first order reference on English silver marks and makers, Jackson's Hallmarks, adds "Important Art Nouveau" to the side margin entry about Liberty & Co., whose "L&C" in diamonds, "lion" for sterling, "anchor" for Birmingham, date letter "e" for 1904-05 appear on the 1 1/4" diameter, round, bowl backside of this 4 3/8" long, weighty at .9 T. oz., spoon.

The import of Liberty & Co. is apparently more significant than the modest comment in Jackson's implies.

Known for jewelry manufacture as well as silver, the company initiated a line in 1899 called "Cymric" which emerged from the Arts & Crafts movement and incorporated Celtic motifs and symbolism.

This piece, which is functionally likely a tea caddy spoon, is stamped "Cymric," indicating it is a product from that line. Online research indicates it was designed by Archibald Cox.

It incorporates a large sphere on the lower part of the handle which has a "Celtic Knot" surface. The remaining portion of the handle appears to be hand worked and shows a rattail backside.

Without a monogram or inscription, it remains in original condition, showing no wear and having a bright finish. There is one small, deep, scuff in the front surface of the bowl.

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