(stock number 607)
2.25" x 1.75" x 0.5" thick
GOOD (G) to VERY GOOD (VG) condition
"The Book of Common Prayer". Produced during the peak of the Art Nouveau period with sterling silver cover, fully hallmarked 1904 as follows : Silversmith's Mark " CPB " which is for the silversmith Charles Penny Brown. Date letter " e ", which is for the year 1904. Lion Passant, which denotes Solid Silver. An anchor, which indicates the Birmingham Assay Office. The embossed design depicts the " Heads of Angels", taken from Sir Joshua Reynolds famous painting, which was painted in 1787 and now hangs in the Tate Gallery.
The book measures 2.25" x 1.75", weighs just 23 grams and ends on page 686. All edges are gilt, dulled but still quite bright. The half cover is in black leather. The hallmarking is clear and legible for the year 1904. There is clear gilt titling on the spine, with ' Common Prayer ' at the top and ' Oxford ' at the bottom. The silver front is in a very good condition, with just a tiny split on the bottom edge, no more than 1mm, and some ' dings ' in a few places. The binding is tight with no loose pages, which are in a clean condition with just a little marking on some pages and minor corner creasing. The Angels design is bright and prominent. The black front free endpaper is missing, as is the title page and the book begins with the contents page.
This a good example of an early silver cherubs/angels prayer book. ...more...