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Alex STYLES


Alex Styles was born 1922. He started his education with an Arts Scholarship which took him to the Gravesend School of Art which was still influenced by the Guild of Handicraft. His tutor was Reynell Huyshe who had recently been in partnership with George Hart of the Guild of Handicraft at Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. Huyshe however was more of an academic so had decided to go into teaching and impressed on Styles the nobility of precious metals. (Later students here would include Sidney Sparrow, Norman Bassant and Ian Calvert). Styles won a Higher Exhibition to the Central School of Arts and Crafts where he benefited from the additional technical instruction given in industrial design and met H G Murphy a few times before he died in 1939. He stayed there until he joined the RAF at the end of 1941. In 1946 he returned to silversmithing and freelance design. A chance meeting with Bertie Pittman of Wakely and Wheeler led to him becoming a staff designer for the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company in 1947 before moving on to Garrard when the two companies amalgamated in 1952. In 1953 he was responsible for a fine bowl with Lion and Unicorn handles to commemorate the Coronation and the following year designed his first mace, for St. Ives Town Council. Over the next few decades he would design numerous pieces of Regalia including Mayoral badges that are still in use all over the world. According to The Times newspaper of 11th April 1966 "…many think he is the finest designer of hand-made silver in England." In 1969 the people of Caernarvon commissioned a four piece coffee set to be presented to HRH The Prince of Wales on his investiture. Alex Styles remained in constant demand by Livery Companies, Universities, Public Corporations and sponsors wanting sporting trophies. The majority of his designs were for 'one-offs' being made up by Wakely and Wheeler, or Garrard's own manufacturers, Nayler Brothers. He was predominately a designer, like his contemporary and friend Eric Clements, both being designers with the knowledge of craftsmen. He remained with Garrard's until his retirement in 1987 and the same year saw a major retrospective of his work at Goldsmith's Hall.  Alex died in 2017.
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ALEX STYLES Churchill Letter Opener
London 1974
Designed by Alex Styles and John Churchill
Made for Garrards
Limited Edition 23 of 100
Length: 25cm

In original box

£ 450.00
ALEX STYLES Exhibition Catalogue
Retrospective exhibition at Goldsmiths' Hall 1988

64 pages

£ 15.00
ALEX STYLES Pair 'Churchill' Silver Wine Coasters
London 1974
Designed by Alex Styles and John Churchill (nephew)
Garrard and Co
No 38/100
Made to commemorate 100 years of the birth of Sir Winston Churchill
Orginal Box
Diameter: 14cm


£ 995.00
ALEX STYLES Pair Silver Coasters
Garrard & Co Ld
London 1975
Diameter: 13.7 cm

Commissioned to commemorate the 500th anniversary of St. George's Chapel, Windsor (Where Prince Harry & Meghan got married)

With numbered certificates signed by W H Summers Director & A G Styles Designer

33 & 34 of limited edition of 500

In original boxes
£ 995.00
ALEX STYLES Silver Commemorative 'Armada' Dish
London 1988
Designed by Alex Styles
Garrard & Co Ld

Alex Styles told me that these were one of the last pieces that he designed for Garrard before he retired in 1987. As they were made to commemorate the 300th Anniversary of the Spanish Armada in 1988 and made after he retired Garrard didn't apply his usual fascimile: Des.by A G Styles.

9cm Dish Limited Edition of 900 £195                                    3.5" original cost in 1988 £150
13 cm Dish Limited Edition of 400 £295                                   5" original cost in 1988 £250
(Not currently in stock)                                                               8" original cost in 1988 £650
25.5 cm Dish Limited Edition of 88 £895 In original box     10" original cost in 1988 £950

An example of this was included in Goldsmiths' Hall Retrospective Exhibition of his work in 1987

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ALEX STYLES Silver Goblet
London 1976
Height: 16 cm

Engraved to base 'Des. A G Styles Garrard & Co'

£495 each -  2 available
£ 495.00
ALEX STYLES Silver Mug
Garrard & Co Ld
London 1971
Height: 5.6 cm
Engraved to base: Des. A G Styles
£ 375.00
ALEX STYLES Silver Pint Mug
London 1969
Designed by Alex Styles
Garrard
Height: 15cm
Diameter: 8cm

2 available
£ 690.00
ALEX STYLES Silver Salt
London 1977
Jubilee Hallmark
Designed by Alex Styles
Made by Nayler Brothers.

Small drum salt to celebrate 650th Anniversary of the Company's first Royal Charter.
The body is decorated with a photoetched interpretation of the Company's arms.
£ 240.00
ALEX STYLES Silver Tumbler

London 1981
Garrard & Co
Diameter: 5,.8 cm
Height: 5.8 cm
Beautifully hand engraved with the Welsh Dragon. Commemorating Prince Charles Wedding
£ 375.00
Large Silver Armada Dish
ALEX STYLES
Large Silver Armada Dish
London 1988
Garrard & Co.25.5 cm
Dish Limited Edition of 88
In original box(10" original cost in 1988 £950)

Alex Styles told me that these were one of the last pieces that he designed for Garrard before he retired in 1987. As they were made to commemorate the 300th Anniversary of the Spanish Armada in 1988 and made after he retired Garrard didn't apply his usual fascimile: Des.by A G Styles.
£ 895.00