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Artists Rifles Silver Dish by Alwyn Carr
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Artists Rifles Silver Dish by Alwyn Carr

Hallmarked London 1931

Measurements: Diameter: 13cm (5ins)

£775

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Styled in the Arts and Crafts manner, developed by Alwyn Carr and his onetime business partner Omar Ramsden, around the central design of the Artist’s Rifles badge of Mars and Minerva, symbolizing the conjunction of the Arts and War.

Herbert J. Collings (1883-1958) was a professional magician from 1899. He performed an evening dress act billed as ‘Wit, Wizardry and a Whistle’, and later a developed an interest in Chinese Magic, creating a character Chinese character Col Ling Soo. H.J. Collings was a founding member the Magic Circle from 1928 to 1931 and again from 1954 to 1958.

Alwyn Charles Ellison Carr (1872-1940) was born at Pitsmoor, Sheffield and studied at Sheffield School of Art where he met Omar Ramsden. They were both ardent followers of the Arts and Crafts movement and devout Catholics. They won Sheffield Corporation Scholarships in 1893 and 1894 respectively, and moved to London to attend the Royal College of Art. Having won a prestigious commission to design and make the City of Sheffield ceremonial mace in 1897, they established a studio in London in 1898, occupying studios in Chelsea and Fulham. It is largely assumed that Ramsden was the entrepreneur in the business and Carr the designer. In 1914 and despite his age Carr volunteered while Ramsden stayed at home to continue the business, causing, it is said, a rift between the two men. Carr underwent officer selection with 28th Bn. London Regiment (Artists Rifles) and was duly commissioned, serving as a Captain in the R.A.S.C. on the Western Front from which he was invalided in 1918. The Ramsden and Carr partnership was dissolved in 1919, after which both continued to work independently.
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