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Leeds College of Art Silver Coronation Teaspoon - Don Porritt?     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11170
Period: Elizabeth II
Year: 1953
Silversmith: Leeds College of Art
Place: Sheffield
Price: $ 260.00
Weight: 17 grams
Dimensions: 11.8 cm
Condition: Excellent.

Description: An interesting silver spoon, made by the Leeds College of Art in 1953, to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. The spoon is teaspoon size, has a curvilinear handle and is struck with a large coronation mark as key decoration on the front of the spoon, this was an optional hallmark. The spoon is clearly hand made, the bowl and drop a little wonky, so perhaps made by an apprentice. The hallmarks are clear, including makers mark LCA for Leeds College of Art. Leeds College of Art, which still exists today, had a good reputation for silver in the 1950's and early 1960's (Source Designer British Silver, Andrew & Styles, page 372). Silver by Leeds College of Arts is scarce, occasional pieces assayed at Sheffield with the LCA sponsors mark appear on the secondary market (we have seen a few examples on the internet, spoons, beakers and a gravy boat). In addition to being a rare Leeds College of Art piece of silver, the use of the large optional coronation hallmark as decoration is also unusual. During the time this spoon was made, "Alann Fisher, a very accomplished Sheffield trained silversmith was in overall charge of the silversmithing class" - Source as above. Fisher made a bowl and cover in 1949 which is in the Pearson collection (www.pearsonsilvercollection.com), this has the LCA sponsors mark. Don Porritt, one of the 50 leading silversmiths featured in the book "British Designer Silver", was a student of Leeds College of Art under Fisher at this time, he describes his time at LCA as "the best time of my life, Leeds was buzzing, I was not the same person at the end of the course"-"British Designer Silver" page 374. Porritt went on to lecture at LCA UNTIL 1992, he also won 5 awards. His distinctive style is curvilinear, so we postulated that "it is not impossible to imagine that Don Porritt made this spoon". We have now received correspondence from Don confirming he did not make this spoon, it could have been made by any of the staff or students at LCA at the time.
Leeds College of Art Silver Coronation Teaspoon - Don Porritt?
Leeds College of Art Silver Coronation Teaspoon

Leeds College of Art Silver Coronation Teaspoon - Don Porritt?
Coronation silver hallmark - Queen Elizabeth

Leeds College of Art Silver Coronation Teaspoon - Don Porritt?
Leeds College of Art Silver spoon

Leeds College of Art Silver Coronation Teaspoon - Don Porritt?
Leeds College of Art Silver spoon bowl, hand made

Leeds College of Art Silver Coronation Teaspoon - Don Porritt?
LCA Leeds College of Art sheffield silver hallmarks

Leeds College of Art Silver Coronation Teaspoon - Don Porritt?
Coronation silver spoon, sterling silver

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