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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 
 AURUM Silver 'CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL' GOBLETS
London 1976

White box & certificates

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

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Engraved to base:

NUMBER 158/9 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 Ė Stuart Devlin Workshop

Sponsorís Mark:         Desmond Clen-Murphy

Weight:                       10 oz each

Height:                        16.5 cm           Cost new:        £164 - £325 pair - £972 x 6

Booklet certificate signed by Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester

The tapering profile of the goblets cup traces that of the Cathedralís spire. Only six of Englandís 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)
£ 895.00
AURUM Silver 'BOWES-LYON' Candle Holder
London 1983

Promotional large photo and info sheets & signed letter from John Sutherland-Hawes

This was the 46th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

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Edition:                       250

Designer:                     Hector Miller & Tim Minett

Maker:                         Hector Miller

Makerís Mark:             HM

Weight:                       210 gm

Height:                       11 cm  

Diameter:                   9.5 cm

Cost new: £365 - £725 pair  Turned rosewood base

Made to commemorate 60 years of service to the Nation as a member of the Royal Family - The Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married the Duke of York in 1923

Our Royal and National symbol, the Lion is chosen as it also appeared on the Bowes-Lyon Ccat of Arms.

The rose is also a National symbol and she had a love of roses. The variety chosen here is our native Sweet Briar or Eglantine

£ 295.00
AURUM Silver 'ELY CATHEDRAL' GOBLET

London 1973

Original white box, certificate and leaflet

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

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Engraved to base:

NUMBER 334 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

£ 450.00
AURUM Silver 'FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM CUP'

London 1975

This was the 12th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

In original white box with certificate, large detailed booklet with photo and original brown posting box

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 Marked to base:

97/150 Four hallmarks Ė Shield with arms of Richard Fitzwilliam, seventh Viscount Fitzwilliam. The arms are lozengy, argent and gules. The motto beneath, Deo Juvante, is an abbreviated version of the full motto Deo adjuvante, nontimemdum.

Edition of:                                 150

Designer:                     Jocelyn Burton

Maker:                         Hector Miller

Sponsorís Mark:        JB

Weight:                       12 oz

Height:                        23 cm                                      Cost new:        £388

Booklet certificate signed by Lord Butler of Saffron Walden, Chairman the Fitzwilliam Museum Syndicate

 Each cup is made from sixteen separately formed pieces of silver and set with five 8 carat cabochon topaz

1975 was a notable year in the history of the Fitzwilliam Museum The new extension was completed and the first exhibition held there was opened by Her Majesty the Queen Mother in July. The exhibition was Cambridge Plate spanning seven centuries including examples from their own collection and pieces on loan. This cup was included demonstrating that the arts of designing and making fine silver still flourishes

£ 695.00
AURUM Silver Gilt JEWELLED GOBLET

London 1982

Original Mulberry Hall Red Box and Photo and paperwaok

This was the 44th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

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Engraved to base: 21/250

Edition:                                  250

Designer:                    Hector Miller

Maker:                         Hector Miller

Makerís Mark:            HM

Weight:                        4.5oz

Height:                        20.5 cm                                   Cost new:        £285 - £560 pair

 

Produced in honour of  HRH The Princess of Wales and their son Prince William.

Stuart Crystal cup on a base set with three cultured pearls forming the centres of Welsh Poppy blooms rising from a circle of scallop shells. The Welsh Poppy blooms in June,when Prince William was born, and his birth gem is the pearl. Scallop Shells are the most conspicuous feature of the Spencer familyís coat of arms, now incorporated in the royal arms of The Prince of Wales.

(Mulberry Hall was a retailer of china and crystal in York for 60 years until it closed in 2016)

Sold by Aurum in normal brown card box - Sold by Mulberry Hall in their own red box

£ 250.00
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 'JERSEY CENTENARY' SUGAR BOX
London 1978

This was the 24th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

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Engraved to base:

---/500        *

Certificate signed by D C Dalton President

Edition of:                         500

Designer:                     Hector Miller & Tim Minett

Maker:                         Hector Miller

Makerís Mark:            HM

Weight:                        8 oz

Height:                        10 cm           Cost new: £235   (£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.

(This was only offered to purchasers of the Jersey Jug)

* The one currently for sale is numbered 32/100 - They had realised by now that they would not get orders for the full 500 so reduced the edition to 100

£ 450.00
AURUM Silver 'PRINCE HENRY' SCALLOP DISH
London 1984

This was the 48th  item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

In original box with letters and photo

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Engraved to base:

45 TO COMMEMORATE THE BIRTH IN LONDON ON 15th SEPTEMBER 1984 OF HRH PRINCE HENRY CHARLES ALBERT DAVID THE SECOND CHILD OF HRH THE PRINCE & PRINCESS OF WALES 

Edition of:                   250

Designer:                     Hector Miller & Tim Minett

Maker:                         Hector Miller

Makerís Mark:               HM

Weight:                       186 gm

Height:                        7.5 cm                                     Cost new:        £365 - £725 pair

 The two cherubs holding a coronet is an accurate representation in miniature of the one reserved for the use of grand children of the Sovereign through the Heir Apparent: a circlet heightened with crosses paty, fleur-de-lys and strawberry leaves. 

£ 295.00
AURUM Silver 'PRINCE WILLIAM' SCALLOP DISH
London 1982

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


In original box with photo and paperwork

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Engraved to base:

 176 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:                       167 gm

Width:                         11 cm      Cost New:  £345

£ 295.00
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

Matching Decanter also available - £750 for both

£ 395.00
AURUM Silver 'QUEEN MOTHER' DECANTER
London 1980

This was the 
30th 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:                       7oz

Height:                         30 cm   Cost New: £325   -  Decanter and Coaster:   £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.

Matching Coaster also available - £750 for both

£ 395.00
AURUM Silver 'RIPON' CENTREPIECE
London 1986

With certificate, photo & letters (no box)

This was the 54th  item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

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Certificate signed by Len Whiter,  Director of Aurum Designs Limited

Edition of:                   150

Designer:                    Hector Miller &Tim Minett

Maker:                         Hector Miller

Makerís Mark:             HM

Weight:                       12oz

Height:                        14 cm                   Cost new:        £485 - £960 pair

Made to commemorate the Cityís 11th Centenary. By tradition the city received its first charter from King Alfred in 886 in the form of a horn.. Every night of the year, without fail, a horn is blown four times in the cityís market place and then outside the house of the Mayor to set the Ďwatchí. The cover is fashioned from blooms and foliage of the wild briar, here portrayed in a naturalistic style but, in its heraldic form, reminiscent of the Yorkshire Rose. There are eleven roses, one for each of Riponís centuries.

The first centrepiece was presented to the Queen Mother on her visit to Ripon on 1st June 1986

£ 450.00
AURUM Silver 'ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE' BOWL
London 1973

Booklet certificate - no box

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

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Engraved to base:

THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE BOWL 139 WITH THE AUTHORITY OF THE COMMISSIONER AND IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE THIS BOWL HAS BEEN PRODUCED IN A LIMITED EDITION OF 500 TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENARY IN 1973 OF THE INCEPTION OF THE FORCE

(Repeated down the right hand side of the base in French)

Booklet certificate signed by William Leonard Higgitt, Commissioner

Edition of:                          500

Designer:                     Hector Miller & Ian Ribbons

Maker:                         Hector Miller - Stuart Devlin Workshop

Sponsorís Mark:          Am

Weight:                       30oz

Diameter:                    18 cm                                      Cost new:        £196

The knob on the Bowlís lid is the St Edward crown as used in the early badges of the original North West Mounted Police.

The relief frieze surrounding the bowl in 7 panels depicts: The first Commissioner, George French, leading his troops across the country in 1874; departure from Fort Dufferin, 8 July 1874; Manhandling guns on Pembina Mountains; Wagons fording Belly River; Assistant Commissioner Macleod and expedition passing Sioux camp; Food supplies almost exhausted and shooting bison; Fort Whoop-Up and Macleod finally meets Chief Crowfoot.

(I believe that less than 300 were actually produced)

£ 695.00
AURUM Silver 'SAVE THE CHILDREN' CANDLEHOLDER
London 1979

Original brown box, certificate, letter and photo leaflet

This was the  27th  item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

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Engraved to base:

NUMBER 132 OF A LIMITED EDITION OF 1500 MADE IN 1979 TO COMMEMORATE THE DIAMOND JUBILEE OF THE SAVE THE CHILDREN FUND

Certificate signed by Noel H Moynihan Chairman

Edition of:                              1500

Designer:                    John Sutherland-Hawes & Tim Minett

Maker:                        Raymond Crisp

Sponsorís Mark:          Am

Weight:                      7.25 oz

Height:                       11.3 cm                                   Cost new:        £182

£ 195.00
AURUM Silver 'St PAUL'S CATHEDRAL' BOWL
London 1975

Original white box, certificate, leaflet, letter and photo

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

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Engraved to base:

NUMBER  31 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:                       7oz

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

£ 250.00
AURUM Silver 'WESTMINSTER ABBEY JUBILEE' BOWL
London 1977

Original Box, certificate, leaflet and letters

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

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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.

£ 250.00
AURUM Silver 'WESTMINSTER ABBEY JUBILEE' BOWLS
London 1977

Original Box, certificates , leaflet and letters

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

RESERVED


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Engraved to base:

NUMBER 560/561 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.

AURUM Silver 'WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL'  BOWL
London 1979

Box & Certificate

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

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Engraved to base:

NUMBER 148 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:                       8oz

Diameter of Bowl:      11.5 cm                                   Cost new:        £182

£ 295.00
AURUM Silver 'WINCHESTER COLLEGE' COASTER
London 1982

This was the 40th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

In original Brown Box
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Edition of:                       600

Designer;                    Hector Miller

Maker:                         Hector Miller

Makerís Mark:           HM

Height:                       5.5 cm

Diameter:     14 cm


Weight of silver:          9 oz

£ 450.00
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 727 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

Boxed pair with certificates - box marked

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

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Engraved to base:

NUMBER--- 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.

£ 550.00
AURUM Silver 'YORK MINSTER RESTORATION' CANDLELAMP
London 1989

This was the 58th item of 59 made for John Sutherland-Hawes' Aurum Designs

In original box with certificate

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NUMBER 388 OF A LIMITED EDITION OF 500 MADE BY ORDER OF THE DEAN AND CHAPTER OF YORK TO COMMEMORATE THE RESTORATION OF YORK MINSTER FOLLOWING THE GREAT FIRE OF 9TH JULY 1984

Certificate signed by John Southgate, Dean of York

Edition of:                                500

Designer:                     Hector Miller & Tim Minett

Maker:                         Hector Miller

Makerís Mark:            HM

Weight:                       8oz (silver base)

Height:                         25 cm    Cost New: £445     

Stuart Crystal top

£ 375.00