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October 3, 2015
Jessica Fellowes is an author and public speaker who has toured throughout America on the subject of ‘Downton Abbey’, the show created by her uncle, Julian. To coincide with the launch of two new books this year, ‘The Wit & Wisdom of Downton Abbey’ and ‘Downton Abbey: A Celebration’, Jessica will be launching both of the books at The London Silver Vaults, with a champagne reception on 10th November 2015.
After the launch and special tour of The London Silver Vaults from Chairman Steven Linden, Jessica will be talking about her new books, giving a taster of her lectures on the real-life inspirations to the show, which come both from the social history of the era as well as stories from the Fellowes family.
Steven Linden said “It is certainly exciting to have Jessica Fellowes curating the current silver exhibition at The London Silver Vaults. In fact, The London Silver Vaults’ association with the hit drama has increased significantly from its original position as adviser and favoured supplier of authentic British silver for the production to being involved in some exciting events together.” The London Silver Vaults current selling exhibition will run through to 31st December 2015 and include pieces carefully selected by Jessica with the support of the silver specialists at The Vaults.
The exhibition focuses on three rooms typically found in the country house of an aristocratic family’s estate in the early 1900s. Jessica visited each of the shops at The Vaults, where she collaborated with the shop owners (many of whom are fourth generation silver specialists) to select items for the display. The rooms curated include the butler’s pantry, a Christmas dining table and the lady’s dressing table. Jessica had an “enlightening and enjoyable” afternoon at the London Silver Vaults and chose all of the items on display.
The Butler’s Pantry is a snap-shot of a family’s safe where the most trusted member of staff would look after and maintain the family’s silver. Silver was an expensive commodity and often the butler would sleep outside the pantry to ensure the silver’s safe-keeping, under lock and key. The family’s most prized possessions would have been stored in the butler’s pantry, along with everyday items made out of silver. The display includes a butler’s gong, a dazzling epergene and a pair of Victorian snuffer scissors, used for clipping the candles placed in the ornate candelabra around the manor house.
The second display is a place setting for one at the Christmas dining table. The London Silver Vaults cutlery specialist John Hamilton helped Jessica to choose a cutlery set of the period. Silver was often the star attraction of the dining table, and a chance for a family to show off and indulge in their breathtakingly ornate silverware, to display their riches and the latest fashions in silverware. The silver would have been a mixture of grand inherited pieces and those reflecting the latest trends. This was relevant around a dining table as a place where a family’s status was defined as they gathered people around the table for political reasons, romantic matchmaking and conducting business. Adorning the dining table, amongst other sparkling silverware, is a very handsome Paul Storr cruet set made in 1799.
The final display, The Lady’s Dressing Table, is filled with items such as sparkling jewellery and ornate scent bottles, both fashionable items of the time. Items include a gorgeous yellow enamel mirror set, extremely rare and still sought after by collectors and ladies with style today. In addition to the jewellery, the display includes a grand Art Nouveau mirror (by Goldsmiths and Silversmiths, London 1905) a charming miniature Swiss silver and guilloché blue enamel Boudoir clock and some small ornate items including a lorgnette, a nail buffer and a surprisingly rare curling-tong box.
The exhibition is a nod to the success of Downton Abbey, with an authentic display of items, all of which are available to purchase from The London Silver Vaults. In the spirit of Christmas, and in support of our chosen charity, The Special Olympics Team GB, all items sold will raise 10% of their value for the charity.
For more detailed information about the exhibition and any of the items please contact:
Tom York firstname.lastname@example.org mobile: 07880 348 813
The London Silver Vaults
Chancery House, 53-64 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1QS
May 20, 2015
Nestled in the back corridor of subterranean London Silver Vaults, occupying vault 54, you’ll find one of the most interesting and highly regarded antiquarian horologist specialists in the United Kingdom, Anthony Green Antiques.
Anthony is an expert in his field, recently made Freeman of the City of London and member of the Watchmakers Guild. Indeed, Anthony’s superior knowledge is both infectious and spellbinding. Watching and listening to him as he guides you through the mechanics, design and history of one of his treasured timepieces, one is left astounded by his knowledge and amazed at the skill and craftsmanship involved in the production process of the beautifully crafted items in his collection.
It is no wonder then, that when Anthony was approached by his friends and fellow watch aficionados, Craig and Rebecca Struthers, the husband and wife team behind Sruthers-London, to exhibit their most recent design STELLA, he literally jumped at the chance.
STELLA has been designed to push the boundaries of self-winding watch design. The pioneering pendant watch is powered by the movement of the case rather than the wrist. The design features a solitary hour hand meaning the watch can be read accurately to within five minutes.
“This is fantastic” said Anthony “ I’m very excited to be launching STELLA at the Silver Vaults, during our VIP evening on 20th May, it’s the perfect place to the launch the watch and something our discerning audience will really appreciate.”
Craig & Rebecca wanted to re-define the traditional use of an automatic watch movement. Stella demonstrates that you don’t need to use wrist action –“the movement is mounted into a spinning ball which rotates on a platinum axis within a frame inspired by the ‘gimble’ used in early ship chronometers”. Stella is worn as a pendant but benefits from the similar wrist movement for a self-winding watch. STELLA is the first ever watch to win the prestigious Design Innovation Award for outstanding innovation in platinum.
“Whilst rare and luxurious, platinum is a difficult metal to work, especially when using the extra-hard platinum ruthenium alloy required by watchmakers for its anti-magnetic properties. A great deal of the fitting and finishing has been completed by us in house. Whilst challenging, this has been an incredible experience and the prestige of winning has armed us with the knowledge and contacts to make many more watches in the future and see how far we can push the boundaries of British watch making.”
For more information about the watch, please contact Anthony Green on +44 (0)207 430 0038 or email email@example.com
May 18, 2015
Antique Silver Goblets
It is easy to see why antique silver goblets are one of the most widely collected items from The London Silver Vaults. Firstly, they make a wonderful addition to extravagant dinner parties. Guests receive their own individual drinking vessels, each gorgeously chased and engraved, hammered with its own unique history, and all delightful to look at.
Secondly, antique silver goblets are expertly crafted items that hark back to an era of exemplary British craftsmanship. These gems of the silversmith’s art intoxicate collectors. Goblets were often crafted by the most celebrated metalworkers of their generation. In fact, amassing a collection of six or eight gives the owner the opportunity of displaying a silversmith’s hall of fame on his dinner table: a Hester Bateman (1809-1794) can rub shoulders with a Paul Storr (1771-1844); an Omar Ramsden (1873-1939) can sit alongside a Robert Welch (1929-2000)
Another irresistible attraction, of course, is the childlike glee that attends drinking from vessels that resemble the contents of Captain Jack Sparrow’s treasure chest.
Further to satisfying one’s own palette with a suitable array of antique silver goblets, these elegant, functional and beautiful items make superb birthday gifts and Christmas presents. Matching a hallmark to a birthday or special occasion gives the new owner of the silver an immediate sense of ownership and affection.
Most of the antique goblets that change hands in The London Silver Vaults are 18th and 19th century pieces, bought for use. Earlier examples are significantly scarcer, can be up to 10 times more expensive, and tend to be snapped up by various collectors and museums. Goblets from 18th century onwards are relatively plentiful, a pair of plain silver goblets, hallmarked London 1772, by the renowned lady silversmith Hester Bateman, will set you back £3,875. While a Paul Storr goblet, marked London 1817 could start from around £2000. Of course, you pay more for those famous makers’ marks, a typical 1796 goblet by a more obscure maker can be bought for less than £1000.
So what does the future hold for today’s goblet hunter? Many feel that postwar silver is the exciting emerging market. People are going for goblets made by prolific makers such as Stuart Devlin and Gerald Benney, and the lesser-known names are also proving very popular, because they are by great craftsmen but not as expensive – yet!
However, it is not purely about investment, many collectors of silver goblets enjoy them as small works of art and to quote one recent admirer, “They hold an amazing amount of wine. When we got our first few, we had friends round to test drive them, and the capacity is just astonishing. They must hold a quarter of a bottle each. Everyone who drinks from them is happy.”