Ottewill Silversmiths are proud to have manufactured a new verge for Westminster Abbey. The piece was used for the first time on 15th October by the Dean’s Verger, Martin Castledine. The special service, to celebrate the 750th Anniversary of the re-building of the Abbey, was attended by Her Majesty The Queen.
The commission by Westminster Abbey following a tender process overseen by The Goldsmiths’ Company, stipulated that the piece had to be made by an apprentice. Our 5th year apprentice, 21 year old William Sullivan, relished the challenge and it was hand made to an exceptional standard in our Ashford based silver workshops. You can read more about the making of the new Westminster Abbey Verge here
We were very pleased to see the Bledisloe Trophy replica being presented for the first time at the launch of the Ahuwhenua Horticulture Competition for 2020 during Horticulture New Zealand's Gala dinner.
Working closely with The Village Goldsmiths, based in Wellington, New Zealand, we replicated an existing trophy from measurements, patterns and sketches of the engraving of the original trophy that stayed in New Zealand.
We were delighted to see how close the match was to the original trophy and were proud to see the trophy welcomed ceremonially by lwi (tribal) representatives of the Tainui tribe and hear that the trophy already has a strong mauri (life force) which we have been told is due to the care, craftsmanship and wonderful spirit that surrounded the making of the trophy.
'We have just uploaded a new YouTube video to our channel here showing the making of the 'Blind Leading the Blind' centrepiece which was commissioned by the Officers' Mess of the Defence CBRN Centre to mark 100 years of counter chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training at Winterbourne Gunner.
We were pleasantly surprised to see an article about our recent ICC Cricket World Cup replica trophy commission in one of our trade's most important publications, Benchpeg. You can read it here.
Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to bring a trophy design into reality? Here's a behind the scenes video showing how we created three new trophies presented for the first time at last year's Henley Royal Regatta. It was such an enjoyable project to be involved in because we got to work very closely with the Committee of Henley Royal Regatta who, as you will see, were very keen to be as hands on as possible - which we always encourage!
We're excited to reveal the launch film for our most recent trophy commissions, the FIBA Under 19 Men's and Women's World Cups which have just been announced. Once again working closely with Works Ltd on the design concepts. The trophies have been made in our Kent workshops in Sterling silver gilt with black and white paint detail to differentiate the two pieces. Check out the launch film for the two trophies here.
Along with our commission to supply the 'Racing at Dubai' trophies for the 2019 season at Meydan Racecourse, Dubai Racing Club also commissioned us to supply trophies for the Winning Owner, Winning Trainer and Winning Jockey for their 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival series of races as shown in the winner's podium photo below.