A fabulous c1899 Arts and Crafts waist clasp designed by Oliver Baker for Liberty & Co and created no doubt at the silver works of William Hair Haseler (Oliver’s brother-in-law). It is a scarce, early design by Baker and is therefore sure to be a collector’s piece. Baker’s designs for Liberty & Co are housed in the V&A Museum in London, as well as in other important museums across the globe.
This design I have seen only once or twice before over the years so it is certainly a scarce thing. This impressive waist clasp demonstrates well why Baker’s designs are so revered today. The hammered silver sunburst design is glorious and the elegantly shaped central section has been so beautifully created. Cabochon turquoise stones appear in all three panels. The playful, ribbon-like finishes to each end section are a nod too, at Art Nouveau sensibilities of design.
It is in pleasing order and is clearly stamped with the Liberty & Co mark in diamonds, along with the CYMRIC mark and the mark for sterling silver at the bottom of the central panel. The waist clasp measures approx 9.3cm wide by approx 6.5cm in height. The box in the images is not included but I will package carefully in a new box to keep her safe during transit.
As said an early Baker piece created in the c1899 era. What a beauty! Complimentary tracked and signed postage is included. Thank you.