Bernard Instone was a well-known goldsmith who was born in Birmingham, Great Britain, in 1891. His interest in jewellery began when he was just seven years old. Perhaps it was encouraged by his brother Lewis's skills as a goldsmith. He often designed fine jewellery for ladies. After graduating from art school, he began working at John Paul Cooper's Westerham Studio. Then, around 1905, he was asked by the Berlin court goldsmith Emil Lettre to go to Unter-den-Linden in Berlin for further training. While in Germany he made a brooch for the King of Bavaria.
Set of 6 mocha spoons in the original (!) late Art Nouveau box by Bernard Instone for the Langstone Silver Works 1928. Hammered spoons decorated with an arrow-shaped cord wire of silver, accompanied by a turquoise hemisphere of enamel in a frame setting. Marked, excellent condition. Absolute collector's item, worthy of a museum!
Another edition of the spoons is in Birmingham Museum. Further descriptions on You Tube, Lit.: Grace's Guide to British Industrial History
Dimensions & Details
- Sterling silver 925/-
- Weight 79,1 g without box
- Length spoon 11,5 cm
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