ARTIFICERS’ GUILD: HISTORY & VALUATIONS

Have you ever wondered what your piece of Artificers’ Guild silver is worth?

Find out more about the history of Artificers’ Guild and get in touch using the form below for a free valuation.

How we can help you sell your Artificers’ Guild silver

Artificers’ Guild silver is valuable and collectable due to the guild’s own commercial success in the early 1900s. If you own a piece of Artificer’s Guild silver, use the form on this page to request a free valuation of your item. 

Find out more about the history of Artificers’ Guild in the history section at the bottom of the page. 

The Market for Artificers’ Guild silver in 2020

The market for Artificers’ Guild silver has grown steadily over the years, as the guild is one of the only one to have experienced commercial success during the Arts and Crafts movement.

There is now more than ever an appreciation of the role of the artist or maker. At its height, the guild employed around 40 skilled craftsmen who poured their creativity into their pieces. 

However, more than ever condition is key and collectors discriminate against even the smallest imperfection.

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Selling your Artificers’ Guild silver with Mark Littler Ltd.

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Send us details about your silver directly via email or use the form below.

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We contact our international network of customers for the best offers.

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If you decide to proceed with an offer we issue you with a contract.

Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.

Send us your silver. We have a fully insured courier service available.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

We complete the sale with the buyer and send your funds via BACS.

Auction or Private Sale?

If you are deciding on how to sell your Artificers’ Guild silver we can have a no-obligation chat on the best options for you. We can either make a personal introduction to the best saleroom based on your location and item free of charge. Or we can look into collecting you some no-obligation offers for a private sale, which could save you considerably in commission.

In a nutshell here are the main pros and cons of each option:

  • Auctions can provide an increased market exposure (when you choose the right saleroom) but their gross fees can reach as much as 50%, and the payout times can be drawn out.
  • Private sales leave you in control of the price, and can be completed quickly but there is no chance of ‘buyers fever’ driving up prices.

Mark Littler Ltd. are one of the only independent advisers in the antique industry. We offer trusted, independent advice to help you sell your Artificers’ Guild silver for the highest possible price.

A History of Artificers’ Guild

The Artificers’ Guild was founded in 1901 by Nelson Dawson, a well-respected enameller and metalsmith. Edward Spencer was employed as principal designer of the company. The guild was inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, focusing on hand-designed, and handmade pieces that differed in quality from mass-produced factory goods. 

In 1903, Montague Fordham took over the company and promoted Edward Spencer to Director of Workshops. 

The guild was one of the few that enjoyed wide-spread commercial success whilst still adhering to the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement. At its peak, the guild employed over 40 well-trained craftsmen, many of whom would have been trained in the workshops at the guild. As such, the guild was home to a community of craftsmen, creating high-quality pieces for the company. 

Many designs from the guild survive today and are held in a library that belongs to The Goldsmiths’ Company. There are around 2.000 designs, many of them bearing the signature of Edward Spencer. Many of the designs are stock pieces, whilst some of them are bespoke pieces for clients. Other drawings are working examples of alterations. These designs highlight the practical and intricate nature of the design process. It is therefore understandable that these pieces are sought after. The Artificers’ Guild was one of the most important producers of metalwork in the 20th century.

What is your piece of Artificers’ Guild silver worth?

Where possible please send us a picture of your piece as this will help speed up the process of giving you a valuation.

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Have you ever wondered what your piece of Artificers’ Guild silver is worth?

Find out more about the history of Artificers’ Guild and get in touch using the form below for a free valuation.

How we can help you sell your Artificers’ Guild silver

Artificers’ Guild silver is valuable and collectable due to the guild’s own commercial success in the early 1900s. If you own a piece of Artificer’s Guild silver, use the form on this page to request a free valuation of your item. 

Find out more about the history of Artificers’ Guild in the history section at the bottom of the page. 

Receive a free valuation for your Artificers’ Guild Silver

Where possible please send us a picture of your piece as this will help speed up the process of giving you a valuation.

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Images of Your Item
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Selling your Artificers’ Guild silver with Mark Littler Ltd.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (4)

Send us details about your silver directly via email or use the form below.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (2)

We contact our international network of customers for the best offers.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

If you decide to proceed with an offer we issue you with a contract.

Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.

Send us your silver. We have a fully insured courier service available.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

We complete the sale with the buyer and send your funds via BACS.

Auction or Private Sale?

If you are deciding on how to sell your Artificers’ Guild silver we can have a no-obligation chat on the best options for you. We can either make a personal introduction to the best saleroom based on your location and item free of charge. Or we can look into collecting you some no-obligation offers for a private sale, which could save you considerably in commission.

In a nutshell here are the main pros and cons of each option:

  • Auctions can provide an increased market exposure (when you choose the right saleroom) but their gross fees can reach as much as 50%, and the payout times can be drawn out.
  • Private sales leave you in control of the price, and can be completed quickly but there is no chance of ‘buyers fever’ driving up prices.

Mark Littler Ltd. are one of the only independent advisers in the antique industry. We offer trusted, independent advice to help you sell your Artificers’ Guild silver for the highest possible price.

A History of Artificers’ Guild

The Artificers’ Guild was founded in 1901 by Nelson Dawson, a well-respected enameller and metalsmith. Edward Spencer was employed as principal designer of the company. The guild was inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, focusing on hand-designed, and handmade pieces that differed in quality from mass-produced factory goods. 

In 1903, Montague Fordham took over the company and promoted Edward Spencer to Director of Workshops. 

The guild was one of the few that enjoyed wide-spread commercial success whilst still adhering to the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement. At its peak, the guild employed over 40 well-trained craftsmen, many of whom would have been trained in the workshops at the guild. As such, the guild was home to a community of craftsmen, creating high-quality pieces for the company. 

Many designs from the guild survive today and are held in a library that belongs to The Goldsmiths’ Company. There are around 2.000 designs, many of them bearing the signature of Edward Spencer. Many of the designs are stock pieces, whilst some of them are bespoke pieces for clients. Other drawings are working examples of alterations. These designs highlight the practical and intricate nature of the design process. It is therefore understandable that these pieces are sought after. The Artificers’ Guild was one of the most important producers of metalwork in the 20th century.

Receive a free valuation for your Artificers’ Guild Silver

Where possible please send us a picture of your piece as this will help speed up the process of giving you a valuation.

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