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OMAR RAMSDEN SILVER: HISTORY & VALUATIONS

Have you ever wondered what your piece of Omar Ramsden Silver is worth?

Find out more about the history of the silversmith Omar Ramsden and get in touch using the form below for a free valuation.

How we can help you sell your Omar Ramsden

Pieces of Omar Ramsden Silver are highly collectable. If you have a piece of Omar Ramsden Silver and would like to find out more about the silversmith please read our guide to Ramsden’s history at the end of this page. You will also find a guide for the 6 things to look for on your Omar Ramsden silver and a guide to the hallmarks used by Ramsden.

Please use the enquiry form on this page to send us details and pictures of your Omar Ramsden silver for a free valuation and information on selling your silver.

The Market for Arts & Crafts Silver in 2020

The market for Arts & Crafts silver, especially that of Omar Ramsden, has grown steadily over the years.

There is now more than ever an appreciation of the role of the artist or maker, with people buying pieces of Omar Ramsden simply as it is by Omar Ramsden. Prices continued to increase in 2019 with the rarest forms commanding the highest prices. 

More than ever condition is key and collectors discriminate against even the smallest imperfection.

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What to look for in your piece of Omar Ramsden Silverware

Omar Ramsden

Commercial Forms

Good commercial forms and unusual items are key to a high selling price. Some of the most commercial forms include wine coasters (pictured here), candelabra, claret jugs and centrepieces. There has been a shift in the market recently away from academic items towards more decorative and practical pieces that can be displayed easily.

Macallan Whisky Worth

Mazers 

Omar Ramsden produced a good number of mazers and they are one of his ‘signature’ pieces.  The term mazer derrives from the German word Masa (a spot), which referred to the birdseye maple that mazers were made from. The record price for a Ramsden mazer is over £100,000, but they commonly vary from £800 upwards.

Omar Ramsden

Caskets

Omar Ramsden caskets are very commercial. The most sought after are those with enamel decoration; in 1997 a Ramsden casket sold for £40,000 at auction. The enamelling is often done by Jeanne Eteve, previously employed as Ramsden’s secretary. Alwynn Carr decorated in enamel in some early pieces. 

Omar Ramsden

Ecclesiastical Silver

Ramsden and Carr were both staunch Roman Catholics and many of their important commissions came from the Roman Catholic church. As a result there remain a large number of ecclesiastical items such as goblets, monstrance, chalices and patens. Any important commissions that appear at auction are highly sought-after.

Macallan Whisky Worth

Marks

As with any piece of silver, the marks on your piece of Omar Ramsden silver need to be in perfect condition to achieve the highest price. You could liken them to the engine in a car; a great body with a terrible engine is not going to be very commercial. More information about the Omar Ramsden silver marks can be found below.

Omar Ramsden

Spoons

Omar Ramsden made a large number of spoons and by far the most sought after of his productions are caddy spoons. Typically Ramsden caddy spoons have a Celtic style knop set with cabochons, as shown here. Ramsden spoons range in price from £200 for a single Arts & Crafts spoon to £3,000 for a caddy spoon in perfect condition.

Omar Ramsden Marks

Here are the distinctive marks found on pieces of Omar Ramsden Silver

Omar Ramsden

Ramsden & Carr

Hallmark used by Omar Ramsden & Alwyn Carr

Mark registered in February 1898 and was last used in 1919

Omar Ramsden

Omar Ramsden

Silver mark registered by Omar Ramsden

In use from 1917-1938 (the year before Ramsden passed away).

Omar Ramsden

Omar Ramsden Me Fecit

Found on most pieces of Ramsden silver

Latin for ‘Omar Ramsden Made Me’

Receive a free valuation for your Omar Ramsden Silver

Where possible please send us a picture of your piece as this will help speed up the process of giving you a valuation.

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Selling your Omar Ramsden with Mark Littler Ltd.

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Send us details about your silver directly via email or use the form below.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (2)

We contact our international network of customers for the best offers.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

If you decide to proceed with an offer we issue you with a contract.

Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.

Send us your silver. We have a fully insured courier service available.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

We complete the sale with the buyer and send your funds via BACS.

Auction or Private Sale?

If you are deciding on how to sell your Omar Ramsden silver we can have a no obligation chat on the best options for you. We can either make a personal introduction to the best saleroom based on your location and item free of charge. Or we can look into collecting you some no obligation offers for a private sale, which could save you considerably in commission.

In a nutshell here are the main pros and cons of each option:

  • Auctions can provide an increased market exposure (when you choose the right saleroom) but their gross fees can reach as much as 50%, and the payout times can be drawn out.
  • Private sales leave you in control of the price, and can be completed quickly but there is no chance of ‘buyers fever’ driving up prices.

Mark Littler Ltd. are one of the only independent advisers in the antique industry. We offer trusted, independent advice to help you sell your Ramsden silver for the highest possible price.

A history of Omar Ramsden

Omar Ramsden was born in 1873. His father was an electroplate and silver manufacturer in Sheffield. He apprenticed with a silversmith company, then attended classes at the Sheffield School of Art.

In 1898, Omar Ramsden won a competition to design a Mace for the City of Sheffield. This artefact, made from hand-beaten silver, was an initial collaboration between Ramsden and Alwyn Carr, a fellow student at the Sheffield School of Art. Both also attended the Royal College of Art.

Ramsden & Carr (1898-1919)

Omar Ramsden and Alwyn Carr set up a studio in Chelsea in 1898, then moved their workshop to the town of Fulham soon afterwards. The workshop and studio were combined in one location at Seymour Place working in the Arts and Crafts tradition bringing a handmade ethic in a revolt of the machine made silver of the age. Other artisans helped them make items which borrowed from styles popular in the Renaissance and Gothic periods. The designs were enhanced with Celtic-style inscriptions which went on to become their signature style.

While Alwyn Carr provided financial backing for the company, Omar Ramsden was known for promotion and public relations. Their collaboration was one of the most successful silversmithing partnerships in the 20th century.

The end of Ramsden & Carr

With the advent of World War I, Alwyn Carr enlisted and headed to war in 1915. The partnership of Ramsden and Carr ended in 1919 at the end of the war. Omar Ramsden kept the studio, and began engraving many pieces with OMAR RAMSDEN ME FECIT, which in Latin means ‘Omar Ramsden made me.’ In the 1930s, he employed as many as twenty assistants but never handled a piece all by himself.

The Royal Miniature Society made him a member in 1921 and hosted Ramsden as an exhibitor of over 90 works.

Omar Ramsden passed away in 1939. Annie Ramsden, his wife, kept the business in production for several years after he died. History has proven him as one of England’s leading silverware designers and producers; he is considered a British silversmithing master and his works are highly collectable.

What is your piece of Omar Ramsden silver worth?

Where possible please send us a picture of your piece as this will help speed up the process of giving you a valuation.

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Have you ever wondered what your piece of Omar Ramsden Silver is worth?

Find out more about the history of the silversmith Omar Ramsden and get in touch using the form below for a free valuation.

How we can help you sell your Omar Ramsden

Pieces of Omar Ramsden Silver are highly collectable. If you have a piece of Omar Ramsden Silver and would like to find out more about the silversmith please read our guide to Ramsden’s history at the end of this page. You will also find a guide for the 6 things to look for on your Omar Ramsden silver and a guide to the hallmarks used by Ramsden.

Please use the enquiry form on this page to send us details and pictures of your Omar Ramsden silver for a free valuation and information on selling your silver.

Free Valuations on Your
Omar Ramsden Silver

Basic Contact MINI
Images of Your Item
Maximum upload size: 10.49MB
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The Market for Arts & Crafts Silver in 2020

The market for Arts & Crafts silver, especially that of Omar Ramsden, has grown steadily over the years.

There is now more than ever an appreciation of the role of the artist or maker, with people buying pieces of Omar Ramsden simply as it is by Omar Ramsden. Prices continued to increase in 2019 with the rarest forms commanding the highest prices. 

More than ever condition is key and collectors discriminate against even the smallest imperfection.

What to look for in your piece of Omar Ramsden Silverware

Omar Ramsden

Commercial Forms

Good commercial forms and unusual items are key to a high selling price. Some of the most commercial forms include wine coasters (pictured here), candelabra, claret jugs and centrepieces. There has been a shift in the market recently away from academic items towards more decorative and practical pieces that can be displayed easily.

Macallan Whisky Worth

Mazers 

Omar Ramsden produced a good number of mazers and they are one of his ‘signature’ pieces.  The term mazer derrives from the German word Masa (a spot), which referred to the birdseye maple that mazers were made from. The record price for a Ramsden mazer is over £100,000, but they commonly vary from £800 upwards.

Omar Ramsden

Caskets

Omar Ramsden caskets are very commercial. The most sought after are those with enamel decoration; in 1997 a Ramsden casket sold for £40,000 at auction. The enamelling is often done by Jeanne Eteve, previously employed as Ramsden’s secretary. Alwynn Carr decorated in enamel in some early pieces. 

Omar Ramsden

Ecclesiastical Silver

Ramsden and Carr were both staunch Roman Catholics and many of their important commissions came from the Roman Catholic church. As a result there remain a large number of ecclesiastical items such as goblets, monstrance, chalices and patens. Any important commissions that appear at auction are highly sought-after.

Macallan Whisky Worth

Marks

As with any piece of silver, the marks on your piece of Omar Ramsden silver need to be in perfect condition to achieve the highest price. You could liken them to the engine in a car; a great body with a terrible engine is not going to be very commercial. More information about the Omar Ramsden silver marks can be found below.

Omar Ramsden

Spoons

Omar Ramsden made a large number of spoons and by far the most sought after of his productions are caddy spoons. Typically Ramsden caddy spoons have a Celtic style knop set with cabochons, as shown here. Ramsden spoons range in price from £200 for a single Arts & Crafts spoon to £3,000 for a caddy spoon in perfect condition.

Omar Ramsden Marks

Here are the distinctive marks found on pieces of Omar Ramsden Silver

Omar Ramsden

Ramsden & Carr

Hallmark used by Omar Ramsden & Alwyn Carr

Mark registered in February 1898 and was last used in 1919

Omar Ramsden

Omar Ramsden

Silver mark registered by Omar Ramsden

In use from 1917-1938 (the year before Ramsden passed away).

Omar Ramsden

Omar Ramsden Me Fecit

Found on most pieces of Ramsden silver

Latin for ‘Omar Ramsden Made Me’

Receive a free valuation for your Omar Ramsden Silver

Where possible please send us a picture of your piece as this will help speed up the process of giving you a valuation.

Basic Contact MINI
Images of Your Item
Maximum upload size: 10.49MB
Are You a Robot?
I agree to the privacy policy *

Selling your Omar Ramsden with Mark Littler Ltd.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (4)

Send us details about your silver directly via email or use the form below.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (2)

We contact our international network of customers for the best offers.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

If you decide to proceed with an offer we issue you with a contract.

Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.

Send us your silver. We have a fully insured courier service available.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

We complete the sale with the buyer and send your funds via BACS.

Auction or Private Sale?

If you are deciding on how to sell your Omar Ramsden silver we can have a no obligation chat on the best options for you. We can either make a personal introduction to the best saleroom based on your location and item free of charge. Or we can look into collecting you some no obligation offers for a private sale, which could save you considerably in commission.

In a nutshell here are the main pros and cons of each option:

  • Auctions can provide an increased market exposure (when you choose the right saleroom) but their gross fees can reach as much as 50%, and the payout times can be drawn out.
  • Private sales leave you in control of the price, and can be completed quickly but there is no chance of ‘buyers fever’ driving up prices.

Mark Littler Ltd. are one of the only independent advisers in the antique industry. We offer trusted, independent advice to help you sell your Ramsden silver for the highest possible price.

A history of Omar Ramsden

Omar Ramsden was born in 1873. His father was an electroplate and silver manufacturer in Sheffield. He apprenticed with a silversmith company, then attended classes at the Sheffield School of Art.

In 1898, Omar Ramsden won a competition to design a Mace for the City of Sheffield. This artefact, made from hand-beaten silver, was an initial collaboration between Ramsden and Alwyn Carr, a fellow student at the Sheffield School of Art. Both also attended the Royal College of Art.

Ramsden & Carr (1898-1919)

Omar Ramsden and Alwyn Carr set up a studio in Chelsea in 1898, then moved their workshop to the town of Fulham soon afterwards. The workshop and studio were combined in one location at Seymour Place working in the Arts and Crafts tradition bringing a handmade ethic in a revolt of the machine made silver of the age. Other artisans helped them make items which borrowed from styles popular in the Renaissance and Gothic periods. The designs were enhanced with Celtic-style inscriptions which went on to become their signature style.

While Alwyn Carr provided financial backing for the company, Omar Ramsden was known for promotion and public relations. Their collaboration was one of the most successful silversmithing partnerships in the 20th century.

The end of Ramsden & Carr

With the advent of World War I, Alwyn Carr enlisted and headed to war in 1915. The partnership of Ramsden and Carr ended in 1919 at the end of the war. Omar Ramsden kept the studio, and began engraving many pieces with OMAR RAMSDEN ME FECIT, which in Latin means ‘Omar Ramsden made me.’ In the 1930s, he employed as many as twenty assistants but never handled a piece all by himself.

The Royal Miniature Society made him a member in 1921 and hosted Ramsden as an exhibitor of over 90 works.

Omar Ramsden passed away in 1939. Annie Ramsden, his wife, kept the business in production for several years after he died. History has proven him as one of England’s leading silverware designers and producers; he is considered a British silversmithing master and his works are highly collectable.