• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 379

    A GEORGE V SILVER AND ENAMEL INKWELL

    MARK OF OMAR RAMSDEN AND ALWYN CHARLES ELLISON CARR, LONDON, 1912

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE V SILVER AND ENAMEL INKWELL
    MARK OF OMAR RAMSDEN AND ALWYN CHARLES ELLISON CARR, LONDON, 1912
    Square and with four applied buttresses at the corners, the hinged cover with the plumes, crown and motto of the Prince of Wales on mottled blue enamelled ground, with hammered finish, marked near edge and inside cover, the base chased 'OMAR RAMSDEN ET ALWYN CARR ME FECERUNT'
    5½ in. (14 cm.) square
    gross weight 18 oz. (554 gr.)
    The inscription reads 'I Was Wrought for Major F. J. Brett T. D. by Command of His Brother Officers of The Prince of Wales's Own Civil Service Rifles: March 1913'


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    The Prince of Wales's Own Civil Service Rifles were a volunteer regiment founded in 1778. They saw active service during the Boer and First World Wars. Originally named the Bank of England Volunteers they were merged with the 15th Battalion London Regiment in 1921. Major Brett was gifted at Fencing and was commander of the Post Office Savings Bank Messengers Drilling Corps. He retired from the Civil Service Rifles in April 1912 but was recalled to active service with the London Regiment in October 1914.

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    Provenance

    The David and Vivian Campbell Collection; Christie's, London, 20 April 2005, lot 18.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE INVENTORY OF MARKS ANTIQUES


    Literature

    E. Turner and L. S. Roberts, English Silver, Masterpieces by Omar Ramsden From the Campbell Collection, New York, 1992, p. 29.


    Exhibited

    Chicago, Montreal, Nashville, Williamstown, and Toronto, English Silver, Masterpieces by Omar Ramsden From The Campbell Collection, no. 10