Antique Sterling Silver Landscape Photograph Frame by Bell & Willmot London 1901
A wonderful antique sterling silver landscape photograph frame by James Samuel Bell & Louis Willmot, hallmarked in London 1901 and also hallmarked by the retailer Andrew Barrett & Sons.
A fabulous silver frame by Samuel Bell & Louis Willmott in immaculate condition.
The frame has been beautifully crafted with intricate detail, as seen at the curved sections at the top and on each corner at the bottom, which have been joined by entwined rope detailing.
To touch, the quality of the frame is apparent and retains exceptional workmanship and is organic in style.
The easel leg is at the base and folds away.
H 4.5" x W 5" with the aperture measuring H 2.5" x W 3.75".
About the Maker:
Bell and Wilmott worked for a short period and there are very few examples of frames at all.
By James Samuel Bell & Louis Wilmott, London, 1895 Manufacturing silversmiths, Berners Mews, Oxford Street, London W.
About the retailer:
Andrew Barrett & Sons, (A for Andrew born in Ireland in 1819) traded from premises at 63 & 64 Piccadilly from 1878 to 1910:
They then moved to 157-158 Picaddilly. They were originally brush makers, and in 1900 expanded into trunk making. By 1910 they were making officers Sam Browne belts, trunks, shoes, boots and gun cases. By 1920 the sons RJ, HA, WE, and HH Barrett were heavily involved and Barretts moved to 9 Old Bond Street.
By 1935 they were dealing in curios, antiques, semi-precious stones, ivories and jade. As at 1975/6 they were still at 9 Old Bond St and were still describing themselves as 'brush makers'.