Arts and Crafts silver and enamel match box cover marked for London 1927 by Omar Ramsden.
Note: Minor enamel restoration.
Dimensions: 5.9 cm long by 4 cm wide by 2.4 cm deep.
Weight: 75 grams gross.
Omar Ramsden (1873-1939) produced some of the most inspiring English Arts & Crafts silverware. His pieces often carry the trademark signature in Latin – “OMAR RAMSDEN ME FECIT” (Omar Ramsden made me)
The concept of commissioning a piece of silver from a master craftsman was used as a major marketing tool at the beginning of the era of mass production of silverware. When most consumers were only able to purchase standard items of silverware, Omar Ramsden encouraged the client to be a part of the design and many items were tailor made to suit the presentation occasion. In 1973 a landmark exhibition was held in Birmingham at the City Museum and Art Gallery to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Omar Ramsden. This enabled many enthusiasts to see for the first time the brilliance of their designs together and helped develop a strong market for their pieces today.