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Items come up at auction fairly often, and a strong collecting base for his work exists.

At the Diamond Mills auction house in Felixstowe, Suffolk, this silver goblet dated 1927, raised on a lion mask and lapis lazuli cabochon stem, is estimated at £800-1200 in the March 8 sale.

Ramsden was born in Sheffield in 1873 and initially set up a business in London with fellow Sheffield School of Art student Alwyn Carr, following the Arts & Crafts style of handmade silver with many designs influenced by the Celts, the medieval period and Tudors.

The partnership ended because of the First World War but Ramsden kept the studio and inscribed many pieces Omar Ramsden Me Fecit – Omar Ramsden Made Me. By the 1930s Ramsden had 20 assistants working for him. He died in 1939.

A day later, March 9, Eastbourne Auction rooms is offering a similar silver chalice marked for London 1923, estimated at £300- 500. Engraved Omar Ramsden Me Fecit to the base, it also has a presentation inscription to the rim: I Was Wrought For Zhrah Mary by Command of Geoffrey Stephenson AD MCMXXIV.

diamondmills.co.uk

eastbourneauction.com

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