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KENNETH LESSONS Silver PEN TRAY
London 1959

Length: 24.8 cm

Kenneth W Lessons - born 1933 studied at Sheffield College of Art before attending the Royal College of Art.
Opened own studio in 1957 and immediately received important commissions, including a mace to be presented by the Queen Mother

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KILKENNY DESIGN Silver Sauce Ladle
Dublin 1988

With the special  Hallmark to denote the Dublin City Millennium Year

Length: 15 cm

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LAWRENCE VERNON Silver Spoon
Birmingham 1951
10 cm
It is thought that Vernon was an electrical engineer who entered his mark in 1943
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LINDSEY MIDDLETON Silver Mounted Wood Bowl
London 1976

Height: 10 cm
Width: 13 cm

A very organic - mushroom shape. Hand raised silver base

Lindsey Middleton studied at High Wycombe College of Art & Technology before proceeding to the Royal College of Art. In 1979 she was teaching at Nene College of Art in Northampton.

The Thames and Hudson Manual of Silversmithing
by Frances Loyen published in 1980 features several illustrations of her work, including similar vessels on page 62.





LUCIAN TAYLOR Silver Caddy Spoon
London 2009
7 cm
Lucian Taylor born 1967
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MARY LAINCHBURY Silver Covered Bowl/Tea Caddy
Sheffield 1976
Sponsor's Mark: Chesterfield College of Art
Height: 14 cm
Width: 10 cm
Miss Mary Georgina Lainchbury was born in Chesterfield, retired as a nursery school headteacher and died there in 2016 aged 91. She attended Chesterfield College of Art and studied silversmithing under Wallace Smyth.
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MAUREEN EDGAR Silver and Enamel Box
London 1978
Height: 4.5 cm
Width: 6 cm

A very early example of her work - she studied at the Royal College of Art under Gerald Benney from 1977-80

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Now in The Pearson Silver Collection

This box with a flush hinge (and another 'book' shaped with light blue enamel) were part of an exercise in hinge making and also using a milling machine. She used the latter to sink a die for the cover, stamped in fine silver, but Phillip Popham (technical silversmith at the RCA) felt it was too sharp. Both featured in her Graduation Exhibition and were subsequently bought by Sir Charles Forte. This one was destined as a gift for his secretary.
MAUREEN EDGAR Silver and Enamel Egg Cup and Spoon
Edinburgh 1997
Height: 5.8 cm
For a similar example in the Pearson Silver Collection see my book 'British Designer Silver' pages 196/7 Maureen Edgar's work rarely comes on to the secondary market.
SOLD 

Now in the Pearson Silver Collection
MICHAEL KAY Silver Candlesticks
Edinburgh 1977
Diameter: 4.5 cm
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MICHAEL MURRAY Silver Jug
London 1971
Height: 7 cm
Width: 11 cm
Michael Murray was born in 1923 and when he was 15 started a stained-glass apprenticeship at Eric Gill's community. He then moved on to book binding at Letchworth Garden City before learning silversmithing from Dunstan Pruden at Ditchling. He moved to London and studied at the Central School of Arts and Craftsbefore opening his own workshop. He predominantly made ecclesiastical silver, including pieces for Coventry and Guildford Cathedrals but his workshop also produced procesional robes for the Coronation. His apprentices included William Phipps, George Grant, Richard Costain, his daughter Clare and Sarah Jones. In 1998 Sarah Jones held an exhibition of his and his student's work 'Goldensilver 60 Years a Smiting'. He died in 2005
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MULL SILVER CADDY SPOON
Edinburgh 1989

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 7 cm

The Isle of Mull silver Co. was established in Tobermory in 1975 by Philip Campbell - In original box with 2 leaflets

Now in The Pearson Silver Collection

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Nellie Smythe Silver Pickle Fork
Edinburgh 1951
19 cm

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NORAH CRESWICK Silver Caddy Spoon
Edinburgh 1944

Length: 12 cm

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NORMAN BASSANT Silver ROSE BOWL
Designed and made by NORMAN BASSANT
R E Stone hallmark
London 1950
Diameter 24.5 cm
Height 19 cm

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This is illustrated in an article on Norman Bassant in 'Goldsmiths' Review' 1998/9. Norman Bassant (born 1932) was apprenticed to R E Stone in 1947 and this bowl was made as his Masterpiece in 1950, won an Arts Council award and was purchased by the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company. They subsequently sold it as a presentation piece which still bears the inscription: 'Presented to Lord Riverdale by his colleagues as a token of friendship and gratitude for his services on the Board of The Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Co Ltd January 1952' Seven board member facsimile signatures engraved around rim. I spoke to Norman about this and he made it in Stone's workshop on Saturday mornings and during day release at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Illustrated in my book Designer British Silver. Now in The Keatley Trust
NORMAN POYNTON Silver Dish
London 1957
Diameter: 7cm

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Norman Reginald George Poynton entered his mark in 1936 giving his address as the Leicester School of Art. He made several civic items for the City of Leicester designed by himself and Kenneth Holmes, Principal of the college. A scroll holder designed by both of them and made by Poynton and D J F Hodge in 1950 was exhibited the following year at Goldsmihs' Hall exhibition: 'British Silver by Contemporary Craftsmen'.
OXFORD SCHOOL of ART Silver Server
London 1972

26.5 cm

Anthony Hawksley taught there

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PAUL HARRISON Silver BEAKER
London 1986
Height: 11 cm
Diameter top: 9 cm

Paul Harrison studied at West Sussex College of Art and Birmingham College of Art. He registered his mark in 1968 and started teaching arts and crafts in Deal, Kent and set up a workshop at his home there.

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PAUL HARRISON Silver Spoon
London 1972

12.5 cm

Paul Harrison studied at West Sussex College of Art and Birmingham College of Art. He registered his mark in 1968 and started teaching arts and crafts in Deal, Kent and set up a workshop at his home there.

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Paul Markey Silver Napkin Ring
London 1986
5.7cm wide

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Paul Victor Markey studied at Medway College of Design. In 1978 the Goldsmiths' Company commissioned him to make a bowl for the Birmingham Assay Office. He died in 1997
PETER COOK Silver Bowl
London C 1975
Diameter 7.8 cm
Height: 5.8 cm
Maker's Mark only
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PETER LINDSEY Hammered Silver Tumbler Cup
London 1977
Height: 6cm
Diameter: 6cm

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PETER MUSGROVE Silver DISH
London 1977
Silver Jubilee Hallmark 
Diameter: 11.3 cm
Width: 15.5 cm

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Peter says that the design for this commission was based on a Misericord in Lincoln Cathedral. (A Misericord, sometimes named mercy seat, like the Biblical object, is a small wooden structure formed on the underside of a folding seat in a church which, when the seat is folded up, is intended to act as a shelf to support a person in a partially standing position during long periods of prayer)
Peter undertook a pre-apprenticeship course at the Central School of Arts and Crafts 1962-3 then apprenticed to Norman Bassant at C J Vander 1963-7. He then studied at Hornsey College of Art 1967-70 before working with Louis Osman.He then set up his own workshop in Old Street, London in 1972 where he continued to do outwork for Louis Osman and Malcolm Appleby, the latter favouring him as his silversmith of choice. Hector Miller used his workshop while studying at the RCA and they entered a joint mark for a church commission at Wool, in Dorset. Peter has also been a technician-lecturer at the RCA
PETER NICHOLAS Silver MUSICAL BOX
London 1988

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Diameter: 6.3 cm
Height: 4.2 cm

In working condition - plays 'The Blue Danube' Waltz - (Does not open as a box - winds up on base and twist lid to play)

Peter Nicholas was a Company set up by Peter Lunn and  Nicholas Plummer.
Peter Lunn is a craftsman specialising in spinning, carving and 3 D design. He worked for Stuart Devlin from 1973 to 1983 before setting up Peter Nicholas and Co Ltd which continued until 1991. He now works for himself, mainly to commission and has been involved in education
PHILIPPA MERRIMAN Silver Spoon
Sheffield 1988
11 cm
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PHILLIP CAMPBELL Isle of Mull Silver CADDY SPOON
Edinburgh 1988
Length: 7 cm

The Isle of Mull Silver Co. was established in Tobermory in 1975 by Philip Campbell

Now in The Pearson Silver Collection

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PRUDEN & SMITH Silver Reversible VASE and CANDLESTICK
Sheffield 2000
Height: 15 cm 
Weight: 220 gm

One way up a Vase and the other a Candlestick - Hand Raised 

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R C PETTIT Silver Wine Taster
Rodney C Pettit
London 1980
Width: 10 cm
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RALPH WESTON Silver & BLUE JOHN SPOON
Sheffield 1972

Length: 13 cm

Ralph Weston traded as Kells Gold & Silversmiths from Grape Lane, Whitby, Yorkshire

Weston's original advertising leaflet for these spoons said:  BLUE JOHN - Derbyshire's own gemstones - Blue John is one of the world's rarest minerals found only at Castleton in Derbyshire. 14 veins are known although few of these are mined today. This beautiful gemstone is reputed to have been used as far back as Roman times for making vases and ornaments, examples of which can be seen in the geological museum, London
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REGINALD HILL Silver BOX
London 1959

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 13 cm
Diameter: 8 cm

A cigarette canister commissioned for the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards - Illustrated on page 256 in my book 'Designer British Silversmiths'

Both Grant Macdonald and Christopher Lawrence rate Hill (1914-75) very highly as a teacher. He taught at the Central School and later at Sir John Cass as well as designing for C J Vander. After the Coronation in 1953 Prince Phillip asked Hill to design a communion set to be given to the Archbishop of Canterbury as a 'Thank you' present. Work bearing his own maker's mark rarely turn up
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RICHARD GEERE  Silver Goblet
London 1975
16 cm
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Born in 1932 Geere was apprenticed to Ramsden and Roed and did day release classes at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. After working for Asprey and Stuart Devlin he set up his own workshop.
ROGER MILLAR Silver Candlesticks
'Rigby's Hex'
Edinburgh 1997
Height 22.5 cm
Diameter: 17 cm
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With presentation plaque: 'Unilever Farewell 8 July 1997 Crosfeld Rigby's Hex by Roger Millar Glasgow'Roger Millar was born in Glasgow in 1942 and studied at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Most of his life has been spent as an educator in Wales, USA, Dundee, taking over from Bernard Harrington as Head and the same position at the Glasgow School of Art 1984-2005. In recognition of his significant contribution to education in design and craft, he was awarded, in 1999, an Honorary Professorship of the University of Glasgow at the Glasgow School of Art.In 1984 he also set up his own studio in Glasgow and has received many private commissions including those from the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and the Bute House Silver Collection.
ROGER SPARROW Silver Caviar Spoon
London 1985
17cm
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In original box - commissioned by Scott's (Seafood Restaurant) Mount Street, Mayfair
ROGER SQUIRES Silver Jug
London 2001
Height:22.5cm
Weight: 27oz
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RONALD GRANT Silver Hammered Beakers
London 1971
Britannia Standard
Height:6.5cm
Diameter: 6cm
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 Dr. Ronald Grant was a medical practioner whose interest in silver began after World War II, when, in the impoverished state of early marriage, he and his wife decided to have one luxury; to eat with silver spoons and forks. He spent 10 years in the forces and hospital practice which was followed by 30 years mainly in general practice, always with an eye on research. In the late 1960's he realised his desire to drink from silver tumblers and beakers was too expensive and so started to make his own. He retired in 1980 and "As a complete contrast to all that full time medical work, on retirement I ventured into the World of Art by signing on at Carlisle College of Art (now University of Cumbria) in early 1980. That summer I went for a fortnight's course to the art school at Marlborough College; an interesting but sometimes frustrating exercise with much more positive teaching than at Carlisle. He lectured to The Silver Society in October 1991 on 'Drawback and Smuggling' and published an article on it in the Silver Journal volume 4 page 131 in the Autumn 1993 edition. He entered his mark in Edinburgh in 1992 and made pieces of silver as a hobby. Ronald was a member of the Silver Society and wrote an article 'The Ireby Cup' for The Finial, December 1994 http://www.simongrant.org/father/index.html
Sheila M Stedman Silver Bowl
London 1971
Britannia Standard
Hand Raised
Diameter: 27.5 cm

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Sheila Stedman lived and worked near Moreton-in-the Marsh
Shetland Silvercraft Silver Spoons
Soundside, Weisdale, Shetland
Edinburgh 1963
12 cm

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SIDNEY SPARROW Silver Spoon
London 1951
15 cm

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Sidney Sparrow was one of the great silversmiths working at the bench. He worked for R E Stone for many years and taught part time at Gravesend School of Art. It was here that he noticed Norman Bassant and three other promising young smiths that Stone acquired as apprentices. Sparrow later worked for William Comyns.
Silver Caviar Dish
London 1973
Carrington and Co
Length: 32cm
Height: 16cm
Weight : 85oz

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SILVER WORKSHOP LTD Silver SALT & PEPPER
London 1963

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 9.3 cm
(New corks)

Keith Redfern, Ronald Steven and Tony Laws met were contemporaries at the Royal College of Art and jointly set up Silver Workshop Ltd in the early 1960's and stopped trading in 1972 then continued to work independently

Now in The Pearson Silver Collection

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SIMON RUSSELL Guernsey Silver  'Ormer' Bowl
Guernsey 1998
Diameter: 20.5cm
Hammered Finish

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Ormer is a type of shellfish
THEO FENNELL  8 Silver Fish Place Card Holders - Menu Holders
London 1982

4.3 cm high

Made for Alfred Dunhill Ltd in original box

THOMAS BRADBURY Silver COVERED BOWL
London 1954

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Thomas George Bradbury

Diameter: 8.5 cm
Height: 8.5 cm
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TOM BOUCHER 3 Piece Silver Cruet
London 1962
Height: 3.5 cm
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Thomas J Boucher (1897-1988) was the resident craftsman at the Royal College of Art for many years.
Now in the Pearson Silver Collection
Tony Laws Silver Stirrer
London 1961
38.5 cm
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Hubert Anthony Laws was born in 1935 and studied at the Royal College of Art 1958-61. The following year designed and made a processional cross with Ronald Stevens for Coventry Cathedral. In 1963 set up Silver Workshops Ltd with Stevens, Ian Calvert and Keith Redfern
WALTER KING  Silver Butter Knife
London 1957
13.5 cm
Walter Edward King
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