Chalice – Ecclesiastic, Z Barraclough, Leeds, Sterling Silver

Chalice – Ecclesiastic, Z Barraclough, Leeds, Sterling Silver


Arts & Crafts sterling silver ecclesiastic chalice, 12″ tall, by Z. Barraclough, Leeds.

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Stunning British sterling silver ecclesiastical chalice, 11 ⅞ inches high x 7 ½ inches Diameter (bowl) x 5 ⅝ inches diameter (foot), made by Zachariah Barraclough & Sons, Leeds / London, 1927. The wide bowl, which has been raised from a single round sheet of silver with no seams, rests on a tapering narrow conical stem having two reticulated slightly flattened round (fruiting vine) knops, a large one (2 ⅜ inches diameter) near the bowl and a smaller one (2 inches diameter) near the domed foot which also has been fashioned from a single piece of round silver with no seams. The exterior surface is planished / hand hammered allover except on the hand chased reticulated knops.

There are the following impressed touchmarks / maker’s marks / hallmarks near the bowl edge: 1 – “J.H.B” over “H.B” into a trefoil cartouche denotes makers & retailers Zachariah Barraclough  / & Sons Ltd. 2 – Lion passant denotes sterling silver. 3 – Leopards head is the London town mark. 4 – “M” in triple lobed bottom cartouche with canted top corners year code for 1927

The bottom of the foot near the edge is impressed: “Z BARRACLOUGH & SONS / LEEDS
Also just below the above are light scratch marks that read: “cuns / B323 / WB” WB” / ZbH

An example of the finest English craftsmanship near the first quarter of the 20th century. The plannished surface breaks up the light and reflects it in small patches giving the reflection a shimmering almost impressionistic appearance.

CONDITION: Excellent vintage condition. There are two or three fairly long scratches on the domed foot that are noticeable on close inspection only.

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