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David Mellor

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David Mellor was born in Sheffield in 1930 and trained as a silversmith at Sheffield College of Art, the Royal College of Art and the British School in Rome. In 1952 he visited Scandinavia on a travelling scholarship and designed Pride cutlery while still at college. This was later manufactured by Walker and Hall for whom Mellor became design consultant. In 1954 he set up his first silversmithing business in Sheffield, sharing a workshop with Brian Asquith from 1955 to 1960. He died in 2009. 




Silver Jug and BowlSilver Jug and Bowl

Silver Jug and Bowl
Walker and Hall
Sheffield 1955
Width: 10 cm
Height: 5 cm

£495 pair

David Mellor had graduated from the RCA in 1954 and made a design consultant for Walker and Hall. Professor Robert Goodden considered this appointment as the highlight of the mid 1950's. Although no designs have been found by Mellor for these, his wife Fiona McCarthy and son Corin Mellor have confirmed that the basic design for these follows his thoughts on this early period and that the double skinned handles also oints to these being by him. 



Silver 'Embassy' Pattern Knife

DAVID MELLOR 'Embassy' Pattern Knife
David Mellor
Sheffield 1963


Dessert Knife 17cm £89
3 available

In 1963, David Mellor was approached by the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works to design a complete new range of modern silver for use in British Embassies. The idea from Lord Hope, the then Minister of Works ,desired the newly built embassies and furnishings to be in a contemporary style. Warsaw was the first new embassy to receive the new designs, followed by Mexico City. The 'Embassy' silver was Mellor's most important work in silver and established his reputation as a designer. Winning a Design Council award, the service was judged to be 'the best of its kind that has been produced in the country for many years.' The condiment sets, coffee pots, sugar bowls, cream jugs and candlesticks, were made in Mellor's workshop at 1 Park Lane in the suburb of Broomhall unlike the flatware which was manufactured elsewhere but bears his maker's mark. Following a change of government in 1965, the project was abandoned.
 


Silver 'Embassy' Pattern Knife

DAVID MELLOR 'Embassy' Pattern SpoonsDAVID MELLOR 'Embassy' Pattern Spoons


Sheffield 1962

Tea Spoon 13.5 cm £89 (2 available)

Table Spoon 19.5 cm £140



In 1963, David Mellor was approached by the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works to design a complete new range of modern silver for use in British Embassies. The idea from Lord Hope, the then Minister of Works, desired the newly built embassies and furnishings to be in a contemporary style. Warsaw was the first new embassy to receive the new designs, followed by Mexico City. The 'Embassy' silver was Mellor's most important work in silver and established his reputation as a designer. Winning a Design Council award, the service was judged to be 'the best of its kind that has been produced in the country for many years.' The condiment sets, coffee pots, sugar bowls, cream jugs and candlesticks, were made in Mellor's workshop at 1 Park Lane in the suburb of Broomhall unlike the flatware which was manufactured elsewhere but bears his maker's mark. Following a change of government in 1965, the project was abandoned.
 



David Mellor Silver Tea/Coffee Set

Sheffield 1963-5
David Mellor
"Pride"
Walker & Hall

SOLD





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David Mellor Silver Tea/Coffee Set

Silver TraySilver Tray

Sheffield 1968
Walker and Hall
Designed by David Mellor
Weight: 2001g
51cm by 28.5cm

SOLD

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David Mellor Silver Tea / Coffee Pot

Sheffield 1975
Designed by David Mellor
Made by Elkington and Co
Height: 15cm
Length: 21cm

SOLD

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David Mellor Silver Tea / Coffee Pot

David Mellor 'Pride' Silver TeasetDavid Mellor 'Pride' Silver Teaset

3 Piece 'Pride' Tea/Coffee Set
Sheffield 1965
Designed by David Mellor
Walker & Hall

SOLD 



David Mellor Silver Canteen

Pride
12 Place Setting - 54 Pieces
DAVID MELLOR Sheffield 1958
Designed 1956
Design award 1957

SOLD




 


David Mellor Silver Canteen

DAVID MELLOR Silver 'PRIDE' 6 Place ServiceDAVID MELLOR Silver 'PRIDE' 6 Place Service

6 Place 'PRIDE' Silver Service
44 Pieces
David Mellor
Sheffield 1961
41 oz

SOLD

Pair Table Spoons 1965 Original box
6 Small Spoons 1968 Original box

David Mellor designed the award winning 'Pride' cutlery in 1956. 



Silver 'Embassy' Candlestick

Sheffield 1965
David Mellor
Height: 37.5cm
Diameter: 13cm (base)

SOLD



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Now in The Keatley Trust

In 1963, David Mellor was approached by the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works to design a complete new range of modern silver for use in British embassies. The idea from Lord Hope, the then Minister of Works ,desired the newly built embassies and furnishings to be in a contemporary style. Warsaw was the first new embassy to receive the new designs, followed by Mexico City. The 'Embassy' silver was Mellor's most important work in silver and established his reputation as a designer. Winning a Design Council award, the service was judged to be 'the best of its kind that has been produced in the country for many years.' The condiment sets, coffee pots, sugar bowls, cream jugs and candlesticks, were made in Mellor's workshop at 1 Park Lane in the suburb of Broomhall unlike the flatware which was manufactured elsewhere. Following a change of government in 1965, the project was abandoned.


 


Silver 'Embassy' Candlestick

'Pride' 12 Place Silver Plated Service'Pride' 12 Place Silver Plated Service

81 Piece - 12 Place Setting - Silver Plated
Walker & Hall

12 X
Soup-Dessert Spoon - Table-Dessert Fork -
Table-Dessert Knife
6X
Table Spoon

Sold

David Mellor designed the award winning 'Pride' cutlery in 1956.