Fabulous Edwardian Charles Horner William Ruskin Brooch
Made from William Ruskin Pottery these brooches were part of the Charles Horner Arts & Crafts movement, almost an "intellectuals" brooch it showed you subscribed to the artistry and voice of William Ruskin.
Size: 3.5cm long x 3cm widest point Condition: Excellent Marks: Full Chester Hallmark for sterling silver - date letter for 1918
As seen on page 66 fig. 3-44 of Charles Horner of Halifax
About Charles Horner
Charles Horner was a large manufacturing Jeweller in Halifax, Yorkshire. Charles Horner set up in business in 1857 straight after finishing his apprenticeship. Proving himself to be not only a successful businessman but also an imaginative designer he patented the first thimble under the brand name Dorcas - one of the most successful products of the period which at one point had a world market of 6 million. Charles died in 1896 but by this time his sons were said to be very much involved in the business. The profits and subsequent investment of the profits from the Dorcas product allowed the brothers to expand the business rapidly. Brothers James and Harry designed and built a new factory at Miles Cross in Halifax and concentrated on the wholesale and mass-production of Jewellery and Silver items. It came into operation at an opportune time, Art Nouveau Jewellery was very much in fashion and the Charles Horner business found a ready market. A huge employer in the area, it was rather unusual that it's trade was outside of Birmingham - the centre of the Jewellery industry at the time. Pieces were often hallmarked in Chester as well as taken to Birmingham. If you want to learn more about Charles Horner - there is a Museum in Halifax that has a room / large collection of Charles Horner Pieces - The Bankfield which is well worth a visit. If you can't get there, I can thoroughly recommend the book (pictured) Charles Horner of Halifax by Tom J Lawson the detail is unbelievable with lots of plates of catalogue pages and photographs.
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