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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.


Scroll down to see selection of items currently in stock 

WE ARE ALWAYS WANTING TO BUY SIMILAR  PIECES OF AURUM SILVER



AURUM Silver 'JERSEY CENTENARY' CREAM JUG
London 1978

This was the 23rd item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

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Engraved to base:

JERSEY CATTLE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED KINGDOM CENTENARY 1978 
63/500

Certificate signed by D C Dalton President

Edition of:                         500

Designer:                     Hector Miller & Tim Minett

Maker:                         Hector Miller

Makerís Mark:            HM

Weight:                       12.5 oz 

Height:                        17.78 cm           Cost new: £263 (£496 for Jug & Box)


The Society owes its origins to a suggestion by Lord Chesham, at the Wray Park Sale of May 10th 1878, that the time had arrived to establish a Herd Book for English Jersey Cattle. The response was enthusiastic and upwards of 150 breeders subsequently lent their support. Today, the Society numbers some 1300 members and in April 1979, as it celebrates its Centenary, it will be the recipient of an unique honour, when Her Majesty The Queen accepts its Presidency.

(See also the Jersey Silver Sugar box - the next piece issued by Aurum Designs)

£ 595.00
AURUM Silver OLYMPIC GAMES SPOONS
London 1976

This was the  16th  item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

Made to Commemorate the 21st Olympiad of the Modern Era - 776 BC - 1976 AD

In original box with Certificate

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Certificate: OLYMPIC SPOONS SET NUMBER 138 OF SIX SPOONS THIS CERTIFIES THAT THE ABOVE ARE [PART OF THE SOLE LIMITED EDITION OF 776 SPOONS IN EACH OF THE SIX DIFFERENT SCULPTURED SUBJECTS MADE ON THE OCCASION OF THE GAMES OF THE xxi OLYMPIAD IN MONTREAL 1976

Signed by G M Sparkes General Secretary of The British Olympic Association

Edition of:                   776

Designer:                     Hector Miller & Tim Minett

Maker:                         Hector Miller

Makerís Mark:             Am

Weight:                       5.5oz

Length:                        16 cm                                      Cost new:        £184

Finials represent Running - Discus - Javelin - Long Jump - Wrestling - Boxing

£ 395.00
AURUM Silver 'PRINCE WILLIAM' SCALLOP DISH
London 1982

This was the 
41st  item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

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Engraved to base:

221 TO COMMEMORATE THE BIRTH AND CHRISTENING OF PRINCE WILLIAM OF WALES BORN 21JUNE 1982 IN LONDON AND CHRISTENED 4 AUGUST AT BUCKINGHAM  PALACE, WILLIAM ARTHUR PHILLIP LOUIS

Edition of:                                    250

Designer:                     Hector Miller & Tim Minett

Maker:                         Hector Miller

Makerís Mark:            HM

Weight:                       174 gm

Width:                         11 cm      Cost New:  £345
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I have a Promotional Letter from Aurum Designs Limited dated 21 July 1982:

When asked about examples of our work in solid gold we have always dissuaded customers whose main interest was the metal itself as an investment. Uninteresting as they may be, lumps of bullion and Krugerrands serve that purpose better.
There have, however, been two recent developments to note. The first, the extension of VAT to gold in all its forms, means that gold artefacts no longer suffer a price disadvantage in this respect; the second is the low price of gold which has been prevailing. No one can predict the future, but this company has built up its working stock of gold at recent and, in our opinion, very attractive prices.
Because of this, we are able to make available twenty-five Royal Scallop Dishes in solid gold at a price which will be held firm for a week. They will form part of the edition of 250.

(I have yet to see one example of these in Gold)
In solid, hallmarked 18 carat gold, the dish has a minimum weight of 5 oz. Troy or 156 grammes and will be supplied at a price, which includes VAT, of  £1780 each.
Orders at this price will be accepted only if they are received at 7 King Street, by post or telephone, on or before 28 July 1982. The enclosed order form may be used, but please mark it 'Solid Gold'.

(I have not come across one - 
If anyone has an example of this one in gold can you please let me know)

£ 350.00
AURUM Silver 'QUEEN MOTHER' COASTER
London 1980

This was the 31st item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

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Made to Commemorate the Queen Mother's 80th Birthday

Edition of:                   250

Designer:                     Hector Miller

Maker:                         Hector Miller

Makerís Mark:              HM

Weight:                       7 oz

Diameter:                    15 cm    Cost new: £334   - Coaster and Decanter: £657

The rose, our national symbol and a flower very dear to the Queen Mother, is the principal inspiration for the design by Hector Miller. The variety chosen is the Sweet Brier, or Eglantine, one of the most treasured of the native plants of our English countryside and beloved of generations of poets. Her Majesty's personal Coat of Arms, which combines the royal Arms with those of her family, Bowes Lyon, is depicted with her express approval

£ 395.00
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.

£ 285.00
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

£ 350.00