Ramsden & Carr, 1898-1919
Material and Medium: silver
Dimensions: Overall: 162mm (6 3/8in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2004.827
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 date letter for 1904, as well as the Lion Passant (silver standard mark) and the Leopard's Head (the emblem of London Assay Office).
The spoon has a round bowl that has been formed by hammering. The decorative stem is constructed of two twisted strips of silver. The spoon is entirely hand crafted and is an excellent example of the use of traditional skills.
Who were Ramsden & Carr?
In 1898 Ramsden & Carr jointly registered their first hallmark, having established a workshop at Albert Bridge and later at South Kensington in London. It is largely assumed that Ramsden was the entrepreneur in the business and Carr the designer. It is thought that Ramsden, who was born and trained in Sheffield, did not produce any objects during their partnership, except for an initial design when the partnership was first founded. The making of objects was largely carried out by a staff of silversmiths, designers, chasers, engravers and enamellers.
Omar Ramsden and Alwyn Carr were keen followers of the Arts and Crafts movement. They were both devout Catholics and religion or religious beliefs often influenced the commissions they undertook. Their partnership was dissolved in 1919, after which both continued to work independently.
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.