William Hair Haseler was a renowned silversmith during the turn of the (last) century. Born in Birmingham, England in 1821, he founded his company in 1870. It specialized in gold and silver work. At around the same time, the famous department store of Liberty and Company opened and quickly became a must-shop hub of world goods that promoted the Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts styles. In 1898, Haseler and Liberty created a formal partnership and launched the Cymric line using freelance designers. They’re partnership was a natural fit as both companies held an affinity for the natural grace of leaves, flowers, and ornamental lines which graced the two concurrent movements. After Haseler’s death, the partnership continued until 1926.
This rare and fabulous Arts & Crafts silver enamel necklace was handcrafted around 1900 by William Hair Haseler, whose pieces were retailed by Liberty and Company. It features a drop pendant with a blue and green foliate motif that measures 32.5 x 27 mm. The chain measures 15 inches in length. This antique necklace weighs 7.2 grams. The pendant bears the “SILVER” hallmark and the maker’s mark which reads, “WHH”. The chain bears the silver fineness mark, “STERLING”.
As a lover of Arts and Crafts styles, from furniture and architecture to gems and art, I was totally surprised and delighted to find this necklace in a stall at antiques fair in the middle of a horse field in the North of England. I simply had to bring it home. For you.
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