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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
 
Scroll down to see selection of items currently in stock
AURUM Silver 'BLACKBURN CATHEDRAL' GOBLET
London 1976

This was the
17th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

In original white box with certificate, booklet + 3 related letters

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Engraved to base:

NUMBER 630 OF A LIMITED EDITION OF 750 MADE BY ORDER OF THE PROVOST AND CHAPTER OF BLACKBURN TO COMMEMORATE THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CATHEDRAL IN 1976 AND ITS CONSECRATION IN 1977

 Booklet certificate signed by Lawrence Jackson, Provost of Blackburn

Edition of:                                 750

Designer:                     Hector Miller

Maker:                         Hector Miller

Maker’s Mark:            HM

Weight:                       297 gm

Height:                       16.5 cm                                   Cost new:        £162

The goblets stem is formed of a Madonna Lily, which for centuries has symbolised the Virgin Mary, the only lily of true pure whiteness. The three open blooms are overlaid with rhodium: one of the whitest metals known, akin to platinum but more precious. Surrounding the base of the stem are three Lancastrian roses; the geographical boundaries of the diocese and Lancashire are practically the same.

On 26th October 1976 the Provost presented the First of these to HM The Queen, received by the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire on her behalf.

£ 575.00
AURUM Silver 'CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL' GOBLET
London 1976

This was the 13th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

In original white box with certificate, booklet and letter signed by Walter Hussey


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Engraved to base:

NUMBER 123 OF A LIMITED EDITION OF 600 MADE BY ORDER OF THE DEAN AND CHAPTER TO COMMEMORATE THE NINTH CENTENARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL IN 1075

 Edition of:                   600

Designer:                     Desmond Clen-Murphy

Maker:                         Hector Miller – Stuart Devlin Workshop

Sponsor’s Mark:         Desmond Clen-Murphy

Weight:                       319 g

Height:                        16.5 cm           Cost new: £164 - £326  pair - £972 x 6

Booklet certificate signed by Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester

The tapering profile of the goblets cup traces that of the Cathedral’s spire. Only six of England’s medieval cathedrals have stone spires. The cup is supported by a stem formed as a sheaf of wheat. From Roman times, the fertile Sussex plain has been renowned for grain and, in the eighteenth century, with Chichester as its prospering centre, it became the granary of Southern England, feeding London. Upon the wheatsheaf stem appears the six heraldic martlets of Sussex.

(Desmond Clen-Murphy lived in Sussex and produced several commissions for Chichester Cathedral)
£ 595.00
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

Sponsor’s 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 Cathedral’s 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 'QUEEN MOTHER' COASTER & DECANTER
London 1980

These were the 30th & 31st items of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

These are both in original boxes, numbers 77 of 250 with certificate for coaster, photo and related letters signed by John Sutherland-Hawes

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Made to Commemorate the Queen Mother's 80th Birthday

Edition of:                   250

Designer:                     Hector Miller

Maker:                         Hector Miller

Maker’s Mark:              HM

Weight of silver:         7 oz each

Coaster Diameter: 15 cm   Cost new: £334 

Decanter Height: 30 cm  
Cost New: £325  - 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

£ 795.00
AURUM Silver ROYAL NATIONAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTION BOWL
London 1974

This was the 9th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

Original white box with certificate, booklet & 3 related letters

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Engraved to base:

NUMBER 194 OF A LIMITED EDITION OF 750 MADE BY ORDER OF THE ROYAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTION TO COMMEMORATE THEIR ONE HUNDRED & FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY IN 1974

The scene depicts the rescue of the crew of the ‘St George’ off Douglas, Isle of Man, on 20 November 1830 by volunteers led by Sir William Hillary, founder of the Institution

Booklet certificate signed by Captain Nigel Dixon RN Director of RNLI                                                                                

Edition of:                   750

Designer:                     Hector Miller & Ian Ribbons

Maker:                         Hector Miller - Stuart Devlin Workshop

Maker’s Mark:            HM

Weight:                       321 g

Diameter:                    19.5 cm                                   Cost new:        £118

Central silver gilt boss, carved by Ian Ribbons depicts: Hillary’s boat, launched from the bay behind the old lighthouse on the pier, is approaching between St.Mary’s Rock and the wreck which, bows down, is heeling over to starboard. Her foremast lies entangled across the starboard side. A ship’s boat, lowered from the starboard davits, has been crushed: a sailor is climbing back to the steamer’s poop. The reefed main sail has torn loose against the shrouds; the starboard paddle-case is awash; the crew shelter by the stern weather rail while heavy seas break over the wreck. Hillary is assisting coxswain Vondy at the stern steering oar; behind a crewman is paying out a stern anchor line; two others are fending off with oars from ridges of rocks to the right; in the bows a man is hailing the ‘St. George’

£ 395.00
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 PAUL’S CATHEDRAL TO COMMEMORATE THE 300TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAYING OF THE FOUNDATION STONE IN 1675

Edition of:                   900

Designer:                     Jocelyn Burton

Maker:                         Hector Miller – Stuart Devlin Workshop

Maker’s Mark:            JB

Weight:                       239g

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

Before starting the rebuilding of St Paul’s 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 ‘Resurgem’ - ‘I shall rise again’. 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 ‘Resurgem’

£ 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 PAUL’S 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 Paul’s

Edition of:                   600

Designer:                     Jocelyn Burton

Maker:                        Hector Miller –Stuart Devlin Workshop

Maker’s Mark:             JB

Weight:                        311g

Height:                        16 cm                                      Cost new:        £127

Before starting the rebuilding of St Paul’s 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 ‘Resurgem’ - ‘I shall rise again’. 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 ‘Resurgem’

£ 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

Maker’s 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 Edward’s Crown, so named because, in origin, it was the Confessor’s 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 Abbey’s 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

Maker’s 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 – Stuart Devlin Workshop

Maker’s Mark:             HM

Weight:                       10oz

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

The Bowl’s 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 Minster’s 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 – Stuart Devlin Workshop

Maker’s Mark:             HM

Weight:                       10oz

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

The Bowl’s 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 Minster’s 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