If you read many of my musings, then you probably already know that my favorite things to do on my days off in London are to visit my friends, The Crown Jewels, at the Tower of London and to go to Liberty’s Department Store for a champagne tea. Liberty’s sometimes feels like a museum to me, it’s gorgeous architecture and smooth, beautifully carved dark timbered woodwork are unchanged since the building was built in 1924. If you saw it, you might think it dated back hundreds of years, but it’s actually built in a Tudor revival style; the builders incorporated timbers from two retired British Naval ships in the building of it and it is a truly a delight to the senses. If you get really lucky on your visit to Liberty, you might find that there is a section, usually on the top floor, that will have a display of antique Liberty items and items designed by the original designers from the Arts & Crafts era. They are usually beyond my price range, but I’ve seen fabulous armoires, clocks, art and yes, jewelry, on my many wanderings.
This wonderful Arts and Crafts pendant would fit right in there at Liberty and Company. It was designed by the famed Liberty designer William Hair Haseler and is hallmarked to the reverse with his makers mark and ‘925’ for sterling silver. It was made before the store on Regent Street was built in the 20s, and probably dates to about 1905-1910 (Liberty and Company predates the Regent street store by some 40 years). It is set with four round faceted amethyst gems and one round blister pearl which measures 8.2 mm in diameter. The pendant is 39 mm long from top to bottom and 28 mm across, it weighs 4.8 grams.
To be honest, I’m a bit reluctant to part with this lovely piece, I’m always tempted to keep a good Liberty piece, I like to wear them when I visit, let them visit their roots, as it were!
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