Gladys and Charles Mumford

Gladys and Charles Mumford were partners in both life and business. They were jewellers and silversmiths working in the Midlands and Cornwall up to the 1960s. Very little information about this talented couple is available nowadays. Luckily, we like a challenge here at Fellows. We put on our investigating hats and shifted through a lot of birth, death and marriage records to build a picture of their lives and legacy.

Gladys and Charles

Gladys was born Gladys Edith Harris on the 4th of May 1911. She grew up in Worcestershire with her family – 3 siblings, her mother, and her father.

Charles William Mumford was born on the 7th of January 1910 and grew up in rural Warwickshire.

Gladys married Charles in the summer of 1936. They were both in their mid-twenties. They set up their married home in the Earlsdon area of Coventry.

Having visited Falmouth, Cornwall, on holiday, Charles and Gladys moved to the area where they remained for the rest of their marriage.

Sadly, Gladys predeceased her husband by more than 20 years. She died in July 1974 aged just 63 years old. Charles passed away at the age of 88 in 1998.

Jewellery

Despite there being little information available about Gladys and Charles Mumford’s jewellery, their work speaks for itself. They worked in silver, creating brooches, rings, necklaces and bracelets in the Arts and Crafts tradition.

Their style is distinctive and very much of the Arts and Crafts aesthetic. Their pieces can be identified from their use of leaves and scrolling metalwork.

They started their careers at W. King & Co. in Coventry. They sold their jewellery under their own names through their premises in Falmouth until 1963 and on the Queen Elizabeth II ocean liner. 

Gladys and Charles Mumford at Auction

In our Jewellery & Costume Jewellery auction on Wednesday 19th, we will sell an Arts & Crafts silver moss agate foliate ring, by Gladys and Charles Mumford. It is part of a lot with two other Arts and Crafts pieces, with an estimate of just £120 – £180.

A moss agate ring by Charles and Gladys Mumford

We see jewellery by Arts and Crafts jewellers such as Gladys and Charles Mumford in our weekly Jewellery auctions. If you are looking for a specific maker it is a good idea to set up lot alerts which tell us exactly what you are looking for. Our personal shopping service will make sure that you are the first to hear about it.

Valuations

Our valuations are free, with no obligation to sell with us. Our experts will value your item with an estimate, so you can find out what it could achieve at auction.

The process is simple. You can fill in a form online or book an appointment to visit either of our offices in Birmingham or London. Virtual valuation appointments are also available.

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