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Denis Lacy-Hulbert Britannia Silver Tumbler Cup     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11259
Period: Elizabeth II
Year: 1983
Silversmith: Denis Lacy-Hulbert
Place: Sheffield
Price: $ 800.00
Weight: 169 grams
Dimensions: 6 cm diameter, height 6.5 cm
Condition: Excellent, no dents or scratches.

Description: An Arts & Crafts Britannia silver tumbler cup, with hand hammered (planished) sides, and rounded heavy base, made by the little known silversmith Denis Lacy-Hulbert for his brother. The cup is beautifully proportioned, ideal for use, and is a lovely quality item. The cup is engraved "Cyril Lacy-Hulbert, M.A. (HONS) CANTAB, C.ENG, M.I.E.E., M.I. Mech E.", well positioned beneath the hallmarks, which also add to the decorative effect. The reverse of the tumbler has the Lacy-Hulbert family crest, with motto "Pro Aris Et Focis", translated "For Hearth and Home". The hallmarks are excellent, all clearly struck, including Britannia which indicates this silver is higher grade 950 standard (sterling is lower grade 925). Tumbler cups were originally made in the 17th and 18th century, designed with a heavy rounded base that rights itself to prevent spillage when traveling (think stagecoach or boat). Denis (Ben) Lacy-Hulbert (1911-2005) was Managing Director of a family steel tube/ cylinder manufacturing business, silversmithing was a hobby, very few items are recorded by him. Cyril, for whom this cup was made, was his older brother (1907-1989), he was also an engineer who recorded a number of patents. Denis also made antique replica items in 18 carat gold, notably a strawberry dish and tumber cups. Denis Lacy-Hulbert registered his mark in 1953, but most surviving work appears to be between 1972 and 1983, he was based in Chesterfield, Darbyshire. The business Lacy-Hulbert & Co was founded by Denis and Cyril's father Charles in 1903, they were pneumatic engineers building compressors and pumps, it was by all accounts a large successful business, it was sold in 1981. Their advertising mentions being suppliers to the Government. Note - we have other items made by Lacy-Hulbert. Note 2 - Denis Lacy-Hulbert does not feature in the book "British Designer Silver 1930-1985", we believe his work does merit inclusion in later editions.
Denis Lacy-Hulbert Britannia Silver Tumbler Cup
Denis Lacy-Hulbert Britannia Silver Tumbler Cup

Denis Lacy-Hulbert Britannia Silver Tumbler Cup
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Denis Lacy-Hulbert Britannia Silver Tumbler Cup
Britannia Silver Tumbler Cup interior

Denis Lacy-Hulbert Britannia Silver Tumbler Cup
Lacy-Hulbert Pro Aris et focis crest

Denis Lacy-Hulbert Britannia Silver Tumbler Cup
Denis Lacy-Hulbert Britannia Silver hallmarks Sheffield 1983

Denis Lacy-Hulbert Britannia Silver Tumbler Cup
Denis Lacy-Hulbert Britannia Silver Tumbler Cup

Denis Lacy-Hulbert Britannia Silver Tumbler Cup
Denis Lacy-Hulbert Britannia Silver Tumbler Cup

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