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Birmingham Guild of Handicraft | 5-Branch Silver-plated Arts & Crafts Chandelier | England c.1900

£2,495.00

A good quality 5-branch arts and crafts chandelier by an unknown designer and in the style of Birmingham Guild of Handicraft. The brass and beaten copper fitting presented with its original silver-plate and complimented with 5 reproduction vaseline glass lampshades in the style of John Walsh Walsh. England c.1900

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Ht.(as displayed) 75cm/30in, Ht.(min) 66/26, Daim.50/20

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

 

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