14 April 2016

Dealer Spotlight: Hallmark Antiques

Please tell us a bit about yourselves and what you specialise in.

We are Hallmark Antiques. We have been in business for 37 years, specialising in small silver collectables and Arts & Crafts items, including Liberty & Co silver and pewter items, with original enamels. We also stock fine jewellery.

How did you start your career in antiques?

One of the partners of Hallmark Antiques is a member of The Gemmological Association of Great Britain, which enables us to give professional advice to our customers. We enjoy what we do!

Do you have a personal favourite in your collection?

Yes, a giant copper inkwell made by the famous metal artist, Richard Rathbone. I've never seen one like it before. It's one-of-a-kind!

One-off large handmade hand beaten copper inkwell, by Rathbone. Arts & Crafts movement, c1880-1900.

Do you have an item that has an interesting story behind it?

As above.

Richard Llewellyn Rathbone (1864-1939), was one of the best metalworkers of the Arts and Crafts Movement. He was born in Lancashire, son of Richard Rathbone, a Liverpool merchant. He established his own studio in Liverpool in the 1890s and taught metalworking at the University of Liverpool. In c1903 he moved to London where he was appointed head of the Sir John Cass Institute and taught at the London Central School of Arts and Crafts. He supplied many companies like Morris and Co, Arthur Simpson and The Handicrafts, and Liberty's to name but a few.

Below is just a small example of the stock Hallmark Antiques currently have on offer.
Blue enamel & pewter jug by Liberty & Co “Tudric” –  pewter brand, c1900.
6 Liberty sterling silver spoons, boxed. Birmingham, 1929.

Liberty Tudric pewter vase, c1900, original green glass hand blown liner
Unknown maker Arts and Crafts hand-beaten copper tea box

Sterling silver & wood candlesticks by A.E. Jones, Birmingham 1922.

Duchess of Sutherland Cripples' Guild bowl in copper and silver, handmade.

Blue enamel & pewter dish by Liberty & Co “Tudric” –  pewter brand, c1900

Hallmark Antiques were recently recommended by Bonhams as a place to buy Art & Crafts antiques, in The London Magazine.

Hallmark Antiques 
Stand 319 & 356
Tel: 020 7629 8757

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