Arts and Crafts silver and copper box by A. E. Jones Ltd circa 1905.
Albert Edward Jones was a Birmingham silversmith influenced by and part of the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century. As an important maker unmarked pieces have been catalogued, this piece is one of those designs that has been associated to this influential maker.
A beautiful copper and silver box by this important maker of the Arts and Crafts movement. The box lid has been raised to form a curved framed border to which a silver chased panel has been set. The silver chased panel depicts a family garden scene with two adults sat on a bench in the foreground with children to the rear. The panel has half round raised border detail with copper chased flower heads at each end. The box itself is made from copper with sterling silver corner feet and hinges to the rear, the silver assets are attached via rivets to the copper box. The inside of the box is lined with cedar which is encased with a copper rim. There is a very faint signature to the silver chased scene but we are unable to clarify the name.
The Arts and Crafts box is in very good condition. The patina to the copper is very good with an attractive definition formed from the planishing of the box lid. The hinge and feet are riveted, all secure and in good condition. Lid hinges are all fine with hinge pins secure. All sits flat and level, surface marks representative of age. The silver chased panel has had some rubbing with some definition lost.
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