Charles Horner was born in England, in 1837. Between his knack for innovative design and his wonderful marketing skills, he founded a thriving business in the 1860s that produced silver jewelry and ornaments, and outlasted two world wars. The business was based in Halifax, England, and was known for its Art Nouveau pendants, necklaces, hatpins, silver thimbles, and knot brooches.
This handsome, antique Edwardian Ruskin Pottery brooch was handcrafted in Chester, England in 1918. It features an oval finished piece of Ruskin pottery done in shades of purple, green and yellow and set in a simple yet beautiful silver mounting. This brooch pin measures 29.5 x 37.9 x 12 mm and it weighs 12 grams. This piece has been fully hallmarked as it bears the mark for Chester, the lion mark for English sterling silver, and the date letter “S” for 1918. It also bears the Charles Horner maker’s mark, “C.H.”
The Charles Horner firm was unique as it was an English company that mass-produced Arts and Crafts jewelry, a type of jewelry that was not normally mass-produced. They were one of few who not only designed their own pieces but also produced each design in-house. They were successful, prolific, and highly skilled.
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Antique Edwardian Ruskin Pottery Silver Brooch by Charles Horner
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