Really a rare and beautiful Liberty & Co pendant from the c1900 and very much in the Arts and Crafts tradition of that era. Fully signed by William Hair Haseler of Birmingham, who made many pieces for Liberty & Co. This is most likely a Bernard Cuzner design- it is a rare design and, pleasingly, is catalogued in the Liberty Design Sketch book, housed in Westminster Archives as design number 9445.
There are a number of silver foliate designs with blister peal, which you may come across in your research of Liberty & Co pieces, however, this is just the most beautiful design, having a double drop, articulated form. The upper most triangular section of the pendant is of an open work design with a trio of clusters of leaves and a forget-me-not flower motif, made from tiny silver balls. Two small chains, each studded with a bezel set blister pearl, lead to the main plaque section. The form is outlined by a rope twist border (as is the upper plaque) and the oval bezel set blister pearl has a fine rope twist detail at its base. Clusters of tiny leaves criss cross the main plaque and there are tiny silver balls dotted around the design too. A wonderful, third, tiny bezel set blister pearl is suspended at the bottom of the pendant, finishing off this incredible piece so beautifully. It is a triumph!
The quality of the design and the execution of this fabulous piece is second-to-none. Here we see what the combination of an outstanding designer and an outstanding jewellery craftsman are capable of. It is signed on the verso with “WHH” and also as sterling silver. The pendant measures approx 6.5cm in height, including the typical Liberty’s slim, triangular bale, and the chain I am happy to include for you, is approx 57.5cm (22.5 inches) in length. In excellent condition, retaining some patina.
I shall post by complimentary tracked and signed mail within the UK and by courier internationally. All boxes in the images are for display only but I will package carefully in a new gift box for you.