Liberty & Co. Silver - Cymric Ware


Arthur Lazenby Liberty opened his now infamous department store in 1875, with a view to import and retail oriental fabrics. By 1899, Liberty decided to manufacture a range of domestic silver, employing the best designers of the day, marketed as 'Cymric.' Designers that contributed to the 'Cymric' collection included most famously Archibald Knox, Bernard Cuzner, Jessie King and A.H. Jones.

Although mechanically produced, the silver retained some of the spirit of the Arts & Crafts age, the pieces were hand-finished by craftsmen before being retailed at Liberty. Archibald Knox created the Cymric designs from 1864-1933, working for Liberty around 1905 onwards. As its name suggests, the Cymric design influences included Celtic motifs, with serpentine curls and interlacements in most designs.

In 1899, Liberty exhibited silverwork which was designed by artists based in Birmingham – Oliver Barker (1856-1936), Bernard Cuzner (1877-1956) and Albert Edward Jones (1879-1954). Much of Liberty's silver was manufactured in Birmingham by W.H.Haseler with the rest manufactured in London. The partnership between W.H.Haseler and Liberty was formed in 1898, continuing until 1926. With Haseler's help, Liberty launched both 'Cymric' and 'Tudric' lines under a new company name of Liberty & Co.  


Liberty & Co Silver at Auction

Ever popular with a wide sphere of silver collectors, Liberty & Co. Cymric ware continues to increase in value. Particularly sought-after are early, enamelled pieces in good condition. Clocks, vases, buttons, vesta cases, dishes, flatware, candlesticks, buckles, as well as jewellery are incredibly sought-after and sell exceptionally well in specialist auctions with an established, discerning buyer base.

For a free, up-to-date valuation on your Liberty & Co. collection, contact our specialist team, or fill out our valuation form below. 


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Liberty & Co silver enamel vesta case

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Maker's Marks

Liberty & Co silver hallmarks

William Hair Haseler Liberty hallmark

'L&Co' or 'Ly&Co' as seen in the top image. Often accompanied with full Birmingham hallmarks, including lion standard mark, Birmingham ahchor passant mark, and date letter as per the middle image.

N.B. In 1898, W.H.Haseler and Liberty went into partnership, with Haseler producing most of Liberty’s silverware from their Birmingham workshop. This mark is a W.H.H within a rectangular surround shown in the lower image. 





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