Keswick School of Industrial Arts Arts and Crafts copper post holder


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Keswick School of Industrial Arts Arts and Crafts copper post holder

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A rare and unusual Arts and Crafts copper post holder by the Keswick School of Industrial Arts. Decorated with the Green Man around the D shaped base and with a pair of birds and the word POST  to the backpiece. There is a ring at the top for hanging the piece. Marked to the underside KSIA. A very interesting and unusual piece of Keswick Copper with excellent patina.


The KSIA was established in the Lake District in 1884 by Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley and his wife Edith and ran for 100 years until 1984. Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley (1851-1920) was the vicar of Crosthwaite Church, a Canon of Carlisle and a founder member of The National Trust.

The conditions imposed for attending the class were that each man should be locally born and lead a temperate and steady life.

‘The Aim of this school is to find remunerative employment for working men and others, in spare hours, or when out of work, by teaching them such art industries as can be profitably carried out in their own homes’.

The KSIA joined the HAIA in November 1884 at which time it had 30 memers aged between 15 and 50. Unlike the other metalwork guilds within the HAIA the KSIA also exhibited at the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society’s exhibitions.In 1894 the KSIA moved into its purpose built workshops on Lake Road, on the front of the building is the motto ‘The Loving Eye and Patient Hand Should Work With Joy and Bless This Land’.KSIA produced high quality and well designed wares in copper, brass, pewter, stainless steel and silver. Much work in silver was produced for churches throughout the land. In the 1930’s a large part of the Schools work was made in ‘Firths Staybrite’ a form of stainless steel which for a long time was very successful. As well as everyday items stainless steel jewellery was also made inspired by Norse designs in the late 1960’s.Apparently every article made at the School was stamped with the school mark, with nothing been allowed to be sold by individual members. However pieces are seen which are attributable to KSIA (as they are to the same design as stamped pieces) unmarked and others are seen with the stamp of W H Mawson and E Harrison.

The Arts and Crafts movement was an international movement in the decorative and fine arts that began in Britain and flourished in Europe and North America between about 1880 and 1920. It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms, and often used medieval, romantic, or folk styles of decoration. The movement had an “extraordinary flowering” in Scotland where it was represented by the development of the ‘Glasgow Style’ which was based on the talent of the Glasgow School of Art. Structured more by a set of ideals than a prescriptive style, the Movement took its name from the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, a group founded in London in 1887 that had as its first president the artist and book illustrator Walter Crane. The Society’s chief aim was to assert a new public relevance for the work of decorative artists (historically they had been given far less exposure than the work of painters and sculptors).

Date c 1900

Condition Excellent original condition.

Dimensions Approximate height 27 cm width 18.5 cm depth 11.5cm

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