OMAR RAMSDEN SILVER

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)

They 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.  This became 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. Their designs were highly acclaimed in the early 1900s.

The end of Ramsden & Carr

With the advent of World War I, Alwyn Carr enlisted and headed to war in 1915. The partnership 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 now considered a British silversmithing master.

What to look

Omar Ramsden Coaster

Commercial Forms

Good commercial forms 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. 

Macallan Whisky Worth

Mazers 

Omar Ramsden produced a good number of mazers and 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 for a Ramsden mazer is over £100,000, but they commonly vary from £800 upwards.

Omar Ramsden Casket

Caskets

Omar Ramsden produced a number of caskets and are very commercial.  The most sought after are those with enamel decoration and 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 also decorated in enamel in early pieces. 

Omar Ramsden Value

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 contested.

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 Caddy Spoon

Spoons

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

Omar Ramsden Marks

Omar Ramsden Silver Marks

Ramsden & Carr (Omar Ramsden & Alwyn Carr)

This mark was registered in February 1898 and was last used in 1919

Omar Ramsden Marks

Omar Ramsden

In use from 1917-1938

Omar Ramsden Silver Marks

Omar Ramsden Me Fecit

How to Sell Omar Ramsden Silver

 

We’re one of the only independent advisors in the antique industry.  We can help you sell your Ramsden silver for the highest possible price and at no extra cost to yourself.

If you have a collection of Omar Ramsden you may be considering selling at auction.  This is one of the best ways to sell your collection.  Not all auctions are equal though so care must be taken when considering which auction to use.  The use of ‘the internet’ is not the universal leveller that many salerooms will lead you to believe.  We can make a personal introduction to the best saleroom based on your location free of charge.  You can then be assured your collection of silver will sell for the highest possible price.

We can also negotiate private sales which save you considerably in commission.  Private sales can also be completed much swifter and you will get paid a lot quicker than an auction.

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)

They 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.  This became 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. Their designs were highly acclaimed in the early 1900s.

The end of Ramsden & Carr

With the advent of World War I, Alwyn Carr enlisted and headed to war in 1915. The partnership ended in 1919 at the end of the war. Omar Ramsden kept the studio, and began  engraving many creations 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 now considered a British silversmithing master.

What to look

Omar Ramsden Coaster

Commercial Forms

Good commercial forms 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. 

Macallan Whisky Worth

Mazers 

Omar Ramsden produced a good number of mazers and 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 for a Ramsden mazer is over £100,000, but they commonly vary from £800 upwards.

Omar Ramsden Casket

Caskets

Omar Ramsden produced a number of caskets and are very commercial.  The most sought after are those with enamel decoration and 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 also decorated in enamel in early pieces. 

Omar Ramsden Value

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 contested.

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 Caddy Spoon

Spoons

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

Omar Ramsden Marks

Omar Ramsden Silver Marks

Ramsden & Carr (Omar Ramsden & Alwyn Carr)

This mark was registered in February 1898 and was last used in 1919

Omar Ramsden Marks

Omar Ramsden

In use from 1917-1938

Omar Ramsden Silver Marks

Omar Ramsden Me Fecit

How to Sell Omar Ramsden Silver

 

We’re one of the only independent advisors in the antique industry.  We can help you sell your Ramsden silver for the highest possible price and at no extra cost to yourself.

If you have a collection of Omar Ramsden you may be considering selling at auction.  This is one of the best ways to sell your collection.  Not all auctions are equal though so care must be taken when considering which auction to use.  The use of ‘the internet’ is not the universal leveller that many salerooms will lead you to believe.  We can make a personal introduction to the best saleroom based on your location free of charge.  You can then be assured your collection of silver will sell for the highest possible price.

We can also negotiate private sales which save you considerably in commission.  Private sales can also be completed much swifter and you will get paid a lot quicker than an auction.

FREE OMAR RAMSDEN VALUATIONS

FREE OMAR RAMSDEN VALUATIONS

Omar Ramsden Valuations

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Selling Your Omar Ramsden Silver

We can help you sell your Ramsden silver and get the best possible price for it.  We sell both through auction and private sales, using the route which will earn you the most money.

For more information please look at our Services page.

Why use Mark Littler

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Are you looking for a valuation of your silver? If so, we can help.

Email details about your item to [email protected] or call us on 01477 410893

You can also click to send us a text

Alternatively, use the form to send us information about your item and we will reply with a valuation.

Free Online Antique Valuation Form