This stylish hand beaten copper vase was most likely made by the highly acclaimed metal smiths A E Jones member of the Birmingham guild. They were one of the very few manufactures who produced copper arts and crafts items with fine solid silver mounts. This beautiful vase is a large and wonderfully designed piece has a simple form with a flared foot with a neatly rivetted base rising to a slightly narrower waist and then broadly flaring out to finely curved back in to form the rolled rim. The body is neatly joined together with a dovetailed and soldered joint. Just below the rim there is a wreath of fine silver flowerheads which have been rivetted in place with silver pins. To each side there is a stylish exaggerated handle with hand cut shaped flange mounts. Again, finely rivetted in place. The handles have a hammered finish as does the body. All the copper surfaces have a lustrous dark patination. Unmarked A E Jones never stamped his copper items.
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