Artificers' Guild copper punch bowl


A large copper punch bowl attributed to the Artificers’ Guild and likely made around 1920.

Although unmarked this punch bowl is almost certainly made by the Artificers Guild and, most likely, designed by Edward Spencer.

The bowl has quite simple punched and chased decoration typical of the Guild’s work. On the base there are four brass bun feet that can be screwed out. I suspect these were to allow the bowl to be levelled on different surfaces when in use. The inside of the bowl has been coated or gilded.

I’m certain this was once a punch bowl in a very grand house. Anecdotally the piece had been handed down from the well known Polymath, Bertrand Russell, to his aunt.

This is quite a statement piece!


Dimensions:    Approximately 18″ in diameter and 10″ high

Condition:   No dings or dents. The patina on the outside of the bowl is quite good with some minor staining. The coating/gilding on the inside of the bowl is darker in places and has worn away in a few spots in the very centre. There is quite marked staining and verdigris to the inside top rim.

Price:   £295