An Important Arts and Crafts Salver engraved with the arms of Armstrong Jones

Maker: 
Omar Ramsden
Dated: 
1925
Dimensions: 
8 1/2 in, (21.3 cm)
Weight: 
311

Of circular shape with 8 moulded pleats enclosed by a plain flat edge, raised on 4 bun and claw feet and engraved with "Omar Ramsden Me Fecit". The surface with "hammered" finish.

Price: 
3950 GBP
Provenance: 
  • This was probably a wedding present to Ronald Armstrong Jones who married Anne Messel in 1925. Ronald was the son of Dr Robert Jones and the father of Antony Armstrong Jones who became Lord Snowdon on his marriage to Princess Margaret. Ronald was also Grandfather to Viscount Linley.

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This elegant salver is typical of Ramsden’s output having a good planished surface and raised on four bun and claw feet. It is also engraved with his customary dedication “Omar Ramsden Me Fecit”. The marks are excellent as is the overall condition.

The importance of this piece is that is has a very interesting coat of arms which are well executed and very crisp and are for Ronald Armstrong Jones

The Arms were granted ante-1908 to Dr Robert Jones MD, son of the Reverend Thomas Jones of Criccieth.

Dr Robert Jones became Sir Robert Armstrong-Jones who was a very distinguished medic. He assumed the additional name of Armstrong in 1913, was knighted in 1917.

Sir Robert Died on Jan. 30th 1943 but as the engraved arms, dated 1925, are ensigned by an esquire’s helm they must be for his son Ronald. Ronald was the father of Anthony Armstrong-Jones who became First Earl of Snowdon in 1961 shortly after his marriage to Princess Margaret in 1960.

Ronald Armstrong-Jones (1899-1966) graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford and became a barrister at the Inner Temple. He served in The Royal Artillery during the First World War as a Second Lieutenant and was a Major in The King’s Royal Rifle Corps in The Second World War.

He was married three times, the first of which was to Anne Messel, the daughter of the wealthy banker Leonard Messel who owned the now famous National Trust property Nymans. After a glittering society wedding, they settled in a house in Eaton Terrace, Belgravia, a wedding present from her father. Here, their first child, Susan, was born, and three years later, in 1930, Antony.

Ronald was, by all accounts, happy-go-lucky and loved the gentlemanly pursuits of shooting and fishing. The socially ambitious Anne was metropolitan and found her deepest satisfaction in clothes and parties. The marriage ended in divorce when Antony was five.

An almost identical larger salver was sold as lot 29 from the Collection of David and Vivian Campbell, Christies, April 20, 2005. The arms were unidentified.