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Garrard Silver Royal Wedding Caddy Spoon - Prince Charles Lady Diana, Alex Styles
Reference: S1712
Period: Elizabeth II
Year: 1981
Silversmith: Garrard & Co
Place: London
Price: $ 330.00
Weight: 36 grams
Dimensions: 6,8 cm
Condition: Excellent.

Description: An interesting silver caddy spoon made to commemorate the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana in 1981. This is a lovely caddy spoon, quite heavy, excellent quality, and with a very pleasing design. The bowl is circular with stylised Prince of Wales feathers with Royal crown and motto "ICH DIEN". The handle is rectangular with diamond lozenge with the Spencer family Coat of Arms, 3 scallop shells between 2 devices, above Spencer family motto "Dieu Defend Le Droit", translated "God defend the right". The back of the handle is engraved "Des A. G. Styles, Garrard & Co Ltd, 42". It is also engraved with the name "George Ware" underneath the hallmarks, which are clear (we assume a previous owner). Alex Styles was one of Britain's leading silver designers of the 20th century, he spent most of his career as lead designer at Garrards, the Royal silversmiths, until he retired in 1987. The Times newspaper described him as "the finest designer of hand made silver in England" in 1966. He served with the RAF during World War II, where he built models with Leslie Durbin, he was tutored by Huyshe of the Guild of Handicraft. He is also featured prominently in the Pearson Collection of post war silver, where a more detailed biography is available (www.pearsonsilvercollection.com). Styles is also featured as one of the top 50 British silversmiths in the book "Designer British Silver 1930-1985:, pgs 458-465, which states that production runs of Alex Styles' designs were normally not large. The article clearly defines his role as designer opposed to working at the bench, and also quotes that "Styles must have designed as much handmade silver as any person alive" - Walton, Goldsmiths Company. Another example of this caddy spoon formed part of the John Norie collection, sold by Woolley & Wallis in 2004 (Part I, lot 81).
Garrard Silver Royal Wedding Caddy Spoon - Prince Charles Lady Diana, Alex Styles
Garrard silver royal wedding caddy spoon - Prince Charles, Lady Diana, Alex Styles

Garrard Silver Royal Wedding Caddy Spoon - Prince Charles Lady Diana, Alex Styles
Ich Dien, Prince of Wales feathers, silver caddy spoon bowl

Garrard Silver Royal Wedding Caddy Spoon - Prince Charles Lady Diana, Alex Styles
Spencer family crest, royal wedding silver caddy spoon, dieu defend le droit

Garrard Silver Royal Wedding Caddy Spoon - Prince Charles Lady Diana, Alex Styles
Designer A Styles, Garrard & Co, silver caddy spoon

Garrard Silver Royal Wedding Caddy Spoon - Prince Charles Lady Diana, Alex Styles
Garrard silver hallmarks, George ware

Garrard Silver Royal Wedding Caddy Spoon - Prince Charles Lady Diana, Alex Styles
Styles silver caddy spoon - garrard, scale

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