William Hardwick Hall (1937 - 2006) trained at Glasgow School of Art.
Hall (or Bill as he liked to be known) was awarded a travelling scholarship on graduating from GSA in 1959. Over 12 weeks he travelled to the great cities in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Italy viewing art and architecture
Bill lived and worked on the Isle of Bute from the late 1960s. He designed the most wonderful pieces of silver jewellery, often set with agates. These were retailed in fine galleries and shops around the UK - in Scotland mainly at Clarkson's Jewellers on Victoria Street, Edinburgh and also at the Roger Bilcliffe Gallery in Glasgow.
When Hall was working at for the prestigious jewellers Whitehorn Bros in Hatton Garden in London, he was commissioned to make a brooch for the Queen and also for Princess Margaret.
This is a stunning modernist Scottish silver brooch dating to around 1973. It is certainly a classic 1970s design.
The brooch is set with a large smoky quartz with Brutalist abstract ridges to each side - these are then set in a square-shaped frame.
It is marked with the maker's initials on the back and the silver hallmark, as photographed.
It is quite the showstopper and is of a large size.
It measures 4 cm square and is 1.5 cm in depth.
As you can see from my photographs - it is a really special piece - and so beautifully made. These vintage pieces of designer silver jewellery are much sought after - especially of this high calibre.