Philip Frederick Alexander copper charger
An intricate and well made repousse copper charger made by Philip Frederick Alexander, circa 1910.
Philip Frederick Alexander was an interesting character. He was a teacher, book editor and silversmith at various points in his life. He was based in Walberswick near Southwold in Suffolk. He registered his makers mark as a silversmith in 1900 and produced some very high quality silver work from the early 1900’s through to the 1920’s. His metalwork was very much in the Arts & Crafts style but does seem to have been influenced by designs from history, particularly the 17th and 18th century. He also made items in brass and copper and his work appeared in The Studio in 1917, 1921, 1922 and 1925.
This particular design reminds me of a 17th century alms dish but the repousse and punch work is excellent. The charger is signed to the front edge “P F Alexander”.
Dimensions: Just under 16″ in diameter and 1/2″ deep
Condition: Good. Slight indent on one edge. Two small holes made in the past, probably to hang up the charger