Birmingham Guild of Handicraft | Oxidised-Copper Arts & Crafts Lantern | England c.1905


A large oxidised-copper lantern of variable patination in the style of Birmingham Guild of Handicraft, the glass cylinder with diamond-patterned optic.

Ht.(lantern)59cm/23in, W.(max) 28/11, Diam(glass) 17/7

The Birmingham Guild of Handicraft 1888-1905

  • Birmingham Guild of Handicraft was an Arts & Crafts organisation. Its motto was ‘By Hammer and Hand’.

  • Around 1888 It began as a loose part of the Birmingham Kyrle Society, then became a more fully formed group within the Kyrle Society in 1890

  • In 1895, the Guild set up as an independent workshop and limited company with the guidance of Edward R. Taylor.

  • The Guild produced furniture and metal-ware, taking special advantage of the switch to electric lighting and the consequent need for new light fittings.

  • Arthur Dixon was the chief designer and head of metalwork workshop. Other members were Albert Edward Jones and Thomas Birkett.

  • Due to commercial pressures, there was a merger with E & R Gittins in 1905