1904 exquisite miniature SILVER Prayer Book - Art Nouveau - Hallmarked Birmingham - Antique Family Bibles and Early English Bibles

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    1904 exquisite miniature SILVER Prayer Book - Art Nouveau - Hallmarked Birmingham
Size: 2.25" x 1.75" x 0.5" thick
Publisher: GEORGE E. EYRE AND WILLIAM SPOTTISWOODE, London
very good condition

Price $225.00

"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 leather half covers are in clean condition also with light wear overall. The black front free endpaper is missing, as is the title page and the book begins with the contents page. Some of the preliminary pages have wear and chipping to the fore edges, the top corner of the second page has been torn away and there is a closed tear at the top of page 37, where the page meets the binding. There is a dedication dated 1909 on the reverse of the rear free endpaper.
  This a good example of an early silver cherubs/angels prayer book with signs of use and a little wear but in overall good, relatively undamaged condition.
 
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