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Aurum Designs Silver Items

Aurum Designs Silver Items for Sale

Aurum Designs Ltd was a Mail Order marketing agency that specialised in producing limited editions of commemorative silver pieces as collector's items of contemporary design with historic interest. Set up by John Sutherland-Hawes he initially used some of the current designer- silversmiths but most were designed and made by Hector Miller; many have figurative work by sculptor Tim Minett. Hector was employed by Stuart Devlin who allowed him to use his workshop to produce many of the early pieces before establishing his own premises.
In the two sections -  those currently in stock and those sold - is a complete list of all 59 items produced by Aurum Designs between 1972 and 1989.
I have also included details from original certificates but not all items below for sale have these, or original boxes.   Check with individual items before purchase to see if they are boxed or have a certificate.

I have also listed original sizes and weights kindly given to me by John Sutherland-Hawes but as these were all hand made these will vary slightly from item to item.
 
For more information and images of AURUM DESIGNS, see the section in my book:      
DESIGNER BRITISH SILVER - from Studios Established 1930-1985
 
WE ARE ALWAYS WANTING TO BUY SIMILAR PIECES OF AURUM SILVER
 
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AURUM Silver 'ELY CATHEDRAL' GOBLET

London 1973

This was the 6th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

In original white box with certificate booklet

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Engraved to base:

NUMBER 43 OF A LIMITED EDITION OF 673 MADE BY ORDER OF THE DEAN & CHAPTER OF ELY TO COMMEMORATE THE THIRTEENTH CENTENARY OF THE FOUNDATION IN 673 AD

Booklet certificate signed by M S Carey, Dean of Ely

Edition of:                               673

Designer:                     John Willmin

Maker:                         Raymond Crisp

Sponsorís Mark:        JMW

Weight:                       17oz

Height:                        16.5 cm                                   Cost new:        £96

 The Isle of Ely was an island in a sea marsh until the seventeenth century. The long connection with the sea is reflected in the design of the goblet with the mermaid holding the three keys of Ely, the Cathedralís heraldic device. The octagonal stem with its wave-like texture is based on the great vault surmounted by a tower of oak

£ 650.00
AURUM Silver Gilt 'CONGRESS of EUROPE' 1976 STANDING CUP & COVER

London 1978  (Special commission for the 1976 prize - see note below*)

This was the 14th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

In original white box with correspondence from Aurum Designs and a letter signed by John Sutherland-Hawes

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Engraved to base:

FACSIMILE OF THE FOURTH EUROPEAN MOVEMENT PRIZE PRESENTED TO SIGNOR ALTIERO SPINELLI in 1976

Edition:                       Special commission  (See note below*)

Designer:                     Hector Miller

Maker:                         Hector Miller 

Makerís Mark:            Am

Weight:                       597 g

Height:                        21 cm

Portraiture by Hector Miller M. Des. RCA - Calligraphy by Madelaine Dinkel ARCA MSIA FSDC

Heads around cover: 

MACMILLAN - MONNET - SCHUMAN - SPAAK - ADENAUER - BLUM - CHURCHILL - DE GASPERI

Each cup is an identical copy of the first one produced, except each prize-winner chooses a quotation from his own speeches or writings which is applied, in his own language, in fine calligraphy around the base.

Spinelli chose: 'L'Europa non cada dal'cielo' (You won't find Europe growing on trees)

* When I contacted John Sutherland-Hawes about the complete sets Aurum Designs produced, this one was not listed. 

With this goblet is a letter dated October 1978 from him stating: ' ....... was especially produced to your order ....'

This last cup was not advertised and only produced for previous purchasers of the first three if they enquired, therefore would have been made in a very small run. There is also correspondence doubting any production at all of the last two in this series - 1977 & 1978. 

This is the only example of the one for Spinelli that I have ever seen, and have never seen any for the last 2 years in this series, so believe they were never produced. If anyone has seen other ones, please contact me.

RESERVED £895

AURUM Silver St PAUL'S CATHEDRAL BOWL
London 1975

In Tarnprufe Bag

This was the 11th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

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Engraved to base:

NUMBER  761 OF A LIMITED EDITION OF 900 MADE BY ORDER OF THE DEAN AND CHAPTER OF ST PAULíS CATHEDRAL TO COMMEMORATE THE 300TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAYING OF THE FOUNDATION STONE IN 1675

Edition of:                   900

Designer:                     Jocelyn Burton

Maker:                         Hector Miller Ė Stuart Devlin Workshop

Makerís Mark:            JB

Weight:                       239g

Diameter of Bowl:      11.5 cm   Cost new:  £94 - £186 pair - £370 x 4

Before starting the rebuilding of St Paulís following the Great Fire, Christopher Wren stood on the empty site and called for a stone to mark the centre of the new building. A workman pulled a fragment of an old gravestone from the rubble and handed it to him: it was inscribed ĎResurgemí - ĎI shall rise againí. It had already been rebuilt three times and now for the fourth, like a phoenix from the ashes. Over the great south door of the completed cathedral stands the carved phoenix which he placed there, above the solitary word ĎResurgemí

£ 220.00
AURUM Silver 'St PAUL'S CATHEDRAL' Goblet
London 1975

This was the 10th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

In original white box and certificate


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Engraved to base:

NUMBER 587 OF A LIMITED EDITION OF 600 MADE BY ORDER OF THE DEAN AND CHAPTER OF ST PAULíS TO COMMEMORATE THE 300TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAYING OF THE FOUNDATION STONE OF THE CATHEDRAL IN 1675

Booklet certificate signed by Martin Sullivan, Dean of St Paulís

Edition of:                   600

Designer:                     Jocelyn Burton

Maker:                        Hector Miller ĖStuart Devlin Workshop

Makerís Mark:             JB

Weight:                        311g

Height:                        16 cm                                      Cost new:        £127

Before starting the rebuilding of St Paulís following the Great Fire, Christopher Wren stood on the empty site and called for a stone to mark the centre of the new building. A workman pulled a fragment of an old gravestone from the rubble and handed it to him: it was inscribed ĎResurgemí - ĎI shall rise againí. It had already been rebuilt three times and now for the fourth, like a phoenix from the ashes. Over the great south door of the completed cathedral stands the carved phoenix which he placed there, above the solitary word ĎResurgemí

£ 650.00
AURUM Silver 'St PAUL'S CATHEDRAL ROYAL WEDDING' Goblet
London 1981

This was the 36th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

In original box with certificate, leaflet and Tarnprufe bag

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Engraved to base: 

NUMBER 809 A LIMITED EDITION OF 1,000 MADE BY ORDER OF THE DEAN AND CHAPTER OF ST PAULíS TO COMMEMORATE THE WEDDING OF H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE LADY DIANA SPENCER ON 29 JULY 1981

Booklet certificate signed by Alan Webster, Dean of St. Paulís

Edition of:                   1000

Designer:                    Hector Miller & Tim Minett

Maker:                        Hector Miller

Makerís Mark:            HM

Weight:                       384 gm

Height:                         16.7 cm      Cost new:   £388 - £770 pair - £2300 x 6

 The bowl of the goblet is held by heraldic beasts, each holding its appropriate coat of arms, are those associated with the three principals in the event.

For the Prince, the Dragon, his insignia as Prince of Wales: the Celtic badge of chieftanship, first used in English royal heraldry by the Tudors.

For the Lady Diana, the Griffin, crest of the Spencers: in legend a guardian of treasure with the appearance of the eagle and lion combined.

For St Paulís, the Phoenix, its emblem chosen by Wren. The cathedral he built replaced old St Paulís, destroyed in the Great Fire of London, as fire had destroyed its two predecessors. Each time, like a phoenix from its ashes, it rose again.

The first goblet in this edition was given by the Cathedral as a wedding gift to The Prince & Princess of Wales after the marriage ceremony there

£ 650.00
AURUM Silver 'WESTMINSTER ABBEY JUBILEE' BOWL
London 1977

This was the 19th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

Original box (marked on top) no paperwork

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Engraved to base:

NUMBER 226 OF A LIMITED EDITION OF 2500 MADE BY ORDER OF THE DEAN AND CHAPTER OF WESTMINSTER TO COMMEMORATE THE SILVER JUBILEE IN 1977 OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Certificate signed by Edward Carpenter, Dean of Westminster

Edition of:                   2500

Designer:                     Hector Miller & Tim Minett

Maker:                         Hector Miller

Makerís Mark:             HM

Weight:                       8.5oz

Diameter of Bowl:      11.5 cm     Cost new:        £143 - £284 pair - £850 x 6

The handle of the Bowl, sculptured by Tim Minett, is a crowned, rampant lion, the royal and national symbol of England. Its left paw is supported by a shield bearing across and martlets: the arms of St Edward, which is incorporated in those of the Abbey. The lion proffers St Edwardís Crown, so named because, in origin, it was the Confessorís own, preserved by the Abbey. It is the Coronation Crown which, at the height of the great national and religious solemnity, is taken from the Abbeyís High Altar by the Dean of Westminster and presented to the Archbishop to be placed on the head of the newly-anointed sovereign.

£ 350.00
AURUM Silver 'WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL'  BOWL
London 1979

Original Box

This was the 26th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

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Engraved to base:

NUMBER 110 OF A LIMITED EDITION OF 900 MADE BY ORDER OF THE DEAN AND CHAPTER TO COMMEMORATE THE NINTH CENTENARY OF WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL IN 1979

Certificate signed by Michael Stancliffe, Dean of Winchester

Edition of:                              900

Designer:                     Hector Miller & Tim Minett

Maker:                         Hector Miller

Makerís Mark:              HM

Weight:                       216 g

Diameter of Bowl:      11.5 cm                                   Cost new:        £182

£ 295.00
AURUM Silver 'YORK MINSTER'' BOWL
London 1972

Original white box and Certificate

This was the 2nd item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

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Engraved to base:

NUMBER 356 OF A LIMITED EDITION OF 1000 MADE BY ORDER OF THE DEAN AND CHAPTER OF YORK TO COMMEMORATE THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMPLETION OF THE GOTHIC MINSTER AND THE END OF THE FIVE YEARS WORK OF RECONSTRUCTION IN 1972

Certificate signed by Alan Richardson, Dean of York

Edition of:                               1000

Designer:                    Hector Miller

Maker:                         Hector Miller Ė Stuart Devlin Workshop

Makerís Mark:             HM

Weight:                       10oz

Diameter of bowl:       11.5 cm                  Cost new:        £63.50 - £121 pair

The Bowlís handle depicts, in deep sculptured relief, two men working on the fabric of the Minster. To the left, a mason in fifteenth-century dress, representative of the original builders, carves the Minsterís arms; to the right, a welder, representative of the restorers, is at work on the steel shoring which supported the structure during restoration.

£ 275.00
AURUM Silver 'YORK MINSTER'' BOWLS
London 1972

Original white box and Certificate

This was the 2nd item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

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Engraved to base:

NUMBER 464 & 465 OF A LIMITED EDITION OF 1000 MADE BY ORDER OF THE DEAN AND CHAPTER OF YORK TO COMMEMORATE THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMPLETION OF THE GOTHIC MINSTER AND THE END OF THE FIVE YEARS WORK OF RECONSTRUCTION IN 1972

Certificate signed by Alan Richardson, Dean of York

Edition of:                               1000

Designer:                    Hector Miller

Maker:                         Hector Miller Ė Stuart Devlin Workshop

Makerís Mark:             HM

Weight:                       10oz

Diameter of bowl:       11.5 cm                  Cost new:        £63.50 - £121 pair

The Bowlís handle depicts, in deep sculptured relief, two men working on the fabric of the Minster. To the left, a mason in fifteenth-century dress, representative of the original builders, carves the Minsterís arms; to the right, a welder, representative of the restorers, is at work on the steel shoring which supported the structure during restoration.

(These was unopened since 1972 and in original despatch box when they arrived!)

£ 550.00