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A Set of 10 Leslie Durbin Silver Wine Labels.


10 Leslie Durbin Silver Wine Labels.

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A Set of 10 Leslie Durbin Silver Wine Labels ,Hallmarks for London dated 1953 with the Coronation Hallmarks. These were made to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 and distributed by the Wine Merchants Saccone & Speed Ltd. Leslie Durbin was one of the most admired silversmiths of the 20th century. His commissions ranged from work on the “Stalingrad Sword” presented by King George VI to the city of Stalingrad in 1943 to early designs on the pound coins in the 1980s. He designed processional crosses for Coventry and Liverpool cathedrals and parliamentary maces for the newly independent former colonies, and modelled the Queen’s head for the Silver Jubilee hallmark of 1977. At the age of 13 he won a London County Council Trade Scholarship to the silversmithing class at the LCC Central School, where he remained for three years, attending normal school lessons in the morning and silversmithing in the afternoons: he was soon taught to engrave. The Head of the Department, Augustus Steward, was asked by Omar Ramsden, the leading silversmith of the time, to recommend an apprentice for his Fulham workshop: Durbin was proposed, but when he found that his training there would be restricted to chasing, engraving and decorating he returned to the Central for evening and Saturday classes in order to continue more general training. His mother’s faith in him was rewarded when in 1938 he won a Goldsmiths’ Company scholarship for a full-time place at the Central School.

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