Archibald Knox (1864-1933) was born on the Isle of Man and went on to train at Douglas School of Art. After moving to London, he began to produce designs for Liberty & Co from around 1897. Knox became one of the most influential British designers of the early 1900s. He played an important role in the Arts & Crafts movement, which celebrated the natural beauty of materials and traditional craftsmanship.
From 1899, Knox began to design a range of handcrafted silver goods named Cymric for the firm Liberty & Co. This spoon was made as part of the Cymric range. In 1900, Knox began designing the 'Tudric' range of pewterwares for the firm. This enabled Liberty's customers to buy fashionable, designer goods in the Arts & Crafts style at an affordable price. A vast range of Tudric items were retailed by Liberty & Co including clocks, picture frames, tankards and vases.
Knox's work was heavily influenced by traditional Celtic ornamentation. This influence can be clearly seen on this spoon. Both the enamel on the bowl and the saw piercing on the stem are composed of interlacing patterns that are characteristic of the Celtic style.