Sunday, 31 July 2011

H is for Holmes

To continue my alphabet of British Arts and Crafts metalware - H is for Harold Holmes.

We have all seen arts and crafts copper and brass items from the workshop of Hugh Wallis and many of you would have picked up similar items marked "Harold Holmes" but who was he ??



The works I have seen have all been made from copper with rolled and chased edges usually decorated with a chased and tinned central design. These would, like Wallis items, originally had a chocolate coloured patination. Here are a few examples that have been polished.


The only information that I have been able to trace has been that he was a former apprentice to Hugh Wallis and that he died in the 1970's. I would date these item to post 1945 after Hugh had died. More information please.


Internet references and items to buy;
http://www.redhouseantiques.co.uk/view.php?id=as179a216&n=View_All&ln=Antiques
http://www.oldcopper.org/hugh_wallis.htm
http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=4281617
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