Hallmarked silver photograph frame by Fattorini & Sons Birmingham 1915. Rectangular frame with engine-turned decoration enclosing a glass cover. Easel style solid wood frame, backing and support leg. Picture backing secured by corner and swivel tabs. Fully hallmarked for Fattorini & Sons, Birmingham 1915. External measurements are 23 cm by 14 cm. Aperture measures 19.75 cm by 10.75 cm.
Fattorini & Sons was a jewellery business established by a family of Italian immigrants who settled in Leeds, England in the early 19th century. In 1829 Antonio Fattorini was listed as a jeweller and hardware dealer at 18 Bazaar, Central Market, Leeds. In 1831 he opened a shop in Harrogate to take advantage of seasonal trade – this business still being owned by descendants of the founders today. The family expanded further with another son opening premises in Skipton in 1848. Various descendants of Antonio’s sons subsequently continued the Harrogate and Skipton concerns. Antonio moved his Leeds concern to Bradford in 1850, taking a building at 28 Kirkgate, trading under the name of Fattorini & Sons – registering their first silver hallmark in 1888 at the Sheffield assay office. In 1909 the five remaining partners (all surnamed Fattorini) created Fattorini & Sons Ltd – acquiring their own factory, The Bradford Works located in Barr Street, Birmingham in 1915. Fattorini & Sons (Birmingham) continued in family ownership through various descendants and in 1984 was sold to Thomas Fattorini Ltd (owned by a descendant of the Skipton concern). In 2008 Thomas Fattorini Ltd was granted a Royal Warrant and is still trading today (located in the Birmingham Jewellery quarter) where it is managed by the 6th generation of the Fattorini family. By the 1920s, in addition to household silverware the company was also making medals and sports trophies – including the FA Cup and the Rugby League Challenge Cup, both in use to this day.
Engine Turned Silver Photograph Frame by Fattorini & Sons Birmingham 1915
This frame is in overall very good condition commensurate with age. Very minor signs of use to the silver frame. Wooden backing and support both very tidy and solid. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.