Alex Styles Silver Items

Alex Styles Silver Items for Sale

ALEX GEORGE STYLES was born in 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 until his retirement in 1987 and the same year saw a major retrospective of his work at Goldsmiths' Hall.  Alex died in 2017.
Talking about Post War Silver Design he said: "A change was needed, but not for the sake of change. Somehow the idiom was jaded. It seemed as if time had stood still and silver reflected the period before the war. There is little point in reproducing the past. A new Britain was born in 1945."
For an extended biography and more illustrations of his work, see a full chapter on ALEX STYLES in my book:      
DESIGNER BRITISH SILVER - from Studios Established 1930-1985
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London 1970

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Garrrard & Co Ld

Engraved to rear: Des by A.G.Styles.
£ 295.00
DESIGNER BRITISH SILVER - from Studios Established 1930-1985
DESIGNER BRITISH SILVER from studios established 1930 - 1985 by DEREK STYLES & JOHN ANDREW

'DESIGNER BRITISH SILVER from studios established 1930 to 1985' is a beautifully produced 560 page slip case edition weighing over 4 kilos and retails at £75. This is a major work and should remain the definitive book on the period for some time to come. It has taken over 20 years of research and 7 years writing. Already the standard work used by Auction Houses and Museums.

It features: Introduction by Gordon Hamme; An overview of this important period; Biographical chapters on the 50 major silversmiths; Brief information of over 200 others; Where pieces can be seen; A glossary and is fully indexed with full colour illustrations. 

Book can be viewed here:

Written by my father DEREK STYLES & JOHN ANDREW - please ask if you would like a signed copy


£ 49.00
London 1959

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 21 cm
Weight: 123 gm

Probably an Alex Styles design while he was Head Designer there
£ 275.00