A truly stunning piece of workmanship fully hallmarked SD for Stuart Devlin with the lion passant, London leopards head assay stamp, Queen's Jubilee head, and date letter'C' for 1977. It's in fantastic original condition with no splits, damage or dents. The letter opener does have some beautiful age related patina, commensurate with 40 years of age, but nothing unusual. The leather presentation case is also in lovely clean condition. This is as good as it gets with regards to novelty Stuart Devlin letter openers.
How many of these have you. I've only got one, once it's gone. You might never find another one this good, and if there's one thing I've learned about antiques/collectables when items are of quality he who hesitates usually loses out. Born in Geelong, Australia, he becomes an art teacher, specialising in gold and silversmithing. In 1957 he obtained a post at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and studied for a Diploma of Art in gold and silversmithing.He was awarded scholarships to study at the Royal College of Art in London in 1958 and spent two years doing a fellowship at Columbia University, United States. He rose to fame when, in 1964, he won a competition to design the first decimal coinage for Australia. In 1965, he opened a small workshop in London.
This marked the beginning of Devlin's own style, which often took the form of limited editions, the most popular being Easter eggs and Christmas boxes, now collectors' items. He adapted and devised new techniques to produce a wide variety of textures and filigree forms, and became well known in London's West End, producing a new collection each year, from his prestigious showroom in Conduit Street (19791985).Among his most popular commissions, Stuart Devlin has designed coins and medals for 36 countries throughout the world, including precious coins for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the medals for the founding awards of the Australian honours system in 1975, the Order of Australia, the Australian Bravery Decorations and the National Medal. In 1982, Stuart Devlin was granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment as Goldsmith and Jeweller to Her Majesty the Queen. Having now closed his London workshop. Stuart Devlin is today regarded as one of the most influential silversmiths of the 20th Century and his work is now highly collected, valued and admired the world over. Length: 6.85 inches or 17.3 cm. Diameter: 1.5 inches or 3.8 cm (coin terminal). Height: 0.15 inches or 4 mm. Weight: 67 grams or 2.4 oz (silver weight). These stunning ornate silver sword letter openers have become so very desirable/collectable and would add value to any silver/silver plate collection. This stunning letter opener would make an ideal gift. Please note all my international postal charges are only estimates and will be confirmed up or down when I know the destination of where items are being sent. Also please feel free to check out our other items.
The item "Vintage Stuart Devlin Sterling Silver Jubilee Gilt Coin Letter Opener & Case" is in sale since Friday, March 13, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Other Solid Silver".collectables" and is located in Staffordshire. This item can be shipped worldwide.