A 1930's silver spoon by Omar Ramsden
In 1898 Ramsden went into partnership with Alwyn Carr, a silver designer whom he had met at the Sheffield School of Art and later, studied with at the Royal College of Art in London. Together, they exploited a fashionable taste for handmade silver of the Arts and Crafts movement and produced items adapted from Gothic and Renaissance designs.
Wine coasters, bowls, ladles and sauceboats were ornamented with roses, oak leaves and briar twigs, adorned with their trademark Celtic styled inscriptions. Their success prompted them to move from Chelsea in 1905, to a larger workshop in Fulham. It is from here where they created monstrances and chalices which was the cause of them being patronised by the Church for their beautifully formed ecclesiastical ornaments. It is safe to say that the partnership between Omar Ramsden and Alwyn Carr produced some of the finest and most recognisable examples of silver ever shaped in the Arts & Crafts style. When this partnership ended in 1919 Ramsden continued to work independently and continued to produce breathtaking silver pieces until his death in 1939.
This late 1932 Omar Ramsden arts & crafts silver spoon is a superb example of some of Ramsden’s finest work and is certainly one of the highlights to this exciting silver auction!
An Arts & Crafts silver spoon made by Omar Ramsden, with hammered finish and intertwining rose terminal. Hallmarked London 1932.
£200 - £300