An elegantly simple pair of graduated silver posy vases or bud vases by James Deakin & Sons, Sheffield 1915/1916. Both vases have a weighted foot with faceted trumpet stem into a flared rim. This design reflected in the foot of the vases. Whilst acquired as a pair, likely that these had been matched however these vases are in the same design and from the same silversmith. Hallmarked for the Sheffield assay office (taller) 1915 and 1916 and for silversmith James Deakin & Sons. Impressed registered design numbers. The vases measure 18 cm and 13.5 cm in height.
Established in Sheffield by James Deakin in 1866, the firm’s first registered mark (JD over WD) was with the Sheffield Assay Office in 1878. Likely that this was for the partnership of James Deakin and his son William Pitchford Deakin. In 1886, with two further sons entering in the business (John and Albert), they began trading as James Deakin & Sons. Further marks were registered at the London, Chester and Birmingham Assay Offices. Initially based at their Sidney Works, Matilda Street in Sheffield, by 1888 they had opened subsidiary offices and showrooms at 48 Holborn Viaduct, London). The firm clearly enjoyed some success – opening further offices and showrooms at Gardiner House, 14 Charterhouse Street, London, 34 St. Enoch Square, Glasgow and 7 Queen Street, Belfast. They produced silver and silver-plated items as well as pewterware. After James Deakin’s retirement in 1893 the business was continued by his sons William, John and Albert. In 1897 the firm was converted into a limited liability company trading as James Deakin & Sons Ltd however, by the late 1930’s the firm had been acquired by Shaw and Fisher (Electro-plate Manufacturers) and Walter Latham & Son (Sterling Silver & Electro-plate manufacturers).
Graduated Pair of Silver Posy Vases by James Deakin 1915/16
The vases are in very good condition commensurate with age. Some very minor surface and rim deformities which are not evident when displayed. Please see images as they forms an important part of the description.