Arts & Crafts jewellery from Birmingham designers Edith Linnell and Bernard Instone.
Instone was born in Kings Norton, Birmingham. He studied jewellery and practical silversmithing at the Birmingham School of Jewellery in Vittoria Street from 1904 until 1912. He created many unique Arts & Crafts pieces in the early 20th century, and his pieces are known for their high quality and originality.
Linnell was from Moseley, Birmingham, and her pieces perfectly represent the Arts & Crafts movement in the early 20th century. She originally intended to be a portrait artist, but found her calling in jewellery. Her jewellery work was so well received that it became exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum and sold in the Burlington Arcade.
The Arts & crafts designer had an established premises on Sloane Street. The business had an unfortunate end when it was bombed during the blitz in the Second World War. She also had showcases in Harrods and on RMS Queen Mary.
“Edith Linnell and Bernard Instone’s jewellery is unique and distinctive and they perfectly represent the Arts & Crafts movement of the early 20th century.