Ramsden & Carr, 1898-1919
Material and Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 162mm (6 3/8in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2004.826
This silver spoon is by Omar Ramsden and Alwyn Carr. Ramsden and Carr were both born in Sheffield and studied at Sheffield School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. The object bears the London silver date letter for 1910, as well as the Lion Passant (identifying the material as silver) and the Leopard's Head (the emblem of London Assay Office).
The spoon has a highly decorative stem, with grapes and foliage motifs. This was cast in order to achieve the intricate detail. The bowl of the spoon is a pear shape and has been hammered into shape. The marks that are a result of this process are still visible on the surface and add to the overall decorative impact of the object. Many Arts & Crafts spoons were left with this natural, unfinished look, rather than being highly polished. The back of the bowl is reinforced with a strip of silver that runs from the stem. This feature is a reinterpretation of the traditional rat tail design.
This object forms part of the Bill Brown Collection. Supported by The Art Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Friends of Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust.Display Location: