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Alex Styles was born 1922. He started his education with an Arts Scholarship which took him to the Gravesend School of Art which was still influenced by the Guild of Handicraft. His tutor was Reynell Huyshe who had recently been in partnership with George Hart of the Guild of Handicraft at Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. Huyshe however was more of an academic so had decided to go into teaching and impressed on Styles the nobility of precious metals. (Later students here would include Sidney Sparrow, Norman Bassant and Ian Calvert). Styles won a Higher Exhibition to the Central School of Arts and Crafts where he benefited from the additional technical instruction given in industrial design and met H G Murphy a few times before he died in 1939. He stayed there until he joined the RAF at the end of 1941.
In 1946 he returned to silversmithing and freelance design. A chance meeting with Bertie Pittman of Wakely and Wheeler led to him becoming a staff designer for the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company in 1947 before moving on to Garrard when the two companies amalgamated in 1952. In 1953 he was responsible for a fine bowl with Lion and Unicorn handles to commemorate the Coronation and the following year designed his first mace, for St. Ives Town Council. Over the next few decades he would design numerous pieces of Regalia including Mayoral badges that are still in use all over the world. According to The Times newspaper of 11th April 1966 "…many think he is the finest designer of hand-made silver in England."
In 1969 the people of Caernarvon commissioned a four piece coffee set to be presented to HRH The Prince of Wales on his investiture. Alex Styles remained in constant demand by Livery Companies, Universities, Public Corporations and sponsors wanting sporting trophies. The majority of his designs were for 'one-offs' being made up by Wakely and Wheeler, or Garrard's own manufacturers, Nayler Brothers. He was predominately a designer, like his contemporary and friend Eric Clements, both being designers with the knowledge of craftsmen.
He remained with Garrard's until his retirement in 1987 and the same year saw a major retrospective of his work at Goldsmith's Hall. This publication has a representative photographic record of many of his commissioned pieces as well as some of the Garrard's stock items. Alex died in 2017.
 




ALEX STYLES Silver TumblerALEX STYLES Silver Tumbler

Silver Tumnler
Alex Styles
London 1981
Garrard & Co
Diameter: 5,.8 cm
Height: 5.8 cm

£450

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and see more engraving

Beautifully hand engraved with the Welsh Dragon.
Commemorating Prince Charles Wedding 



ALEX STYLES Pair Silver Coasters

Pair Silver Coasters
Garrard & Co Ld
London 1975
Diameter: 13.7 cm

£995

Commissioned to commemorate the 500th anniversary of
St. George's Chapel, Windsor

With numbered certificates signed by W H Summers Director & A G Styles Designer nos. 33 & 34 of limited edition of 500

In original boxes  


ALEX STYLES Pair Silver Coasters

ALEX STYLES Silver MugALEX STYLES Silver Mug

Silver Mug
Garrard & Co Ld
London 1971
Height: 5.6 cm

£375

Engraved to base: Des. A G Styles 



Pair Silver Goblets

Pair Silver Goblets
Alex Styles
London 1976
Height: 16 cm

£995 pair

Engraved to base 'Des. A G Styles Garrard & Co' 


Pair Silver Goblets

Silver MugSilver Mug

London 1969
Designed by Alex Styles
Garrard
Height: 15cm
Diameter: 8cm

£690

2 available

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Large Silver Armada Dish

ALEX STYLES Large Silver Armada Dish
London 1988
Garrard & Co.
25.5 cm Dish Limited Edition of 88
In original box
(10" original cost in 1988 £950)

£895




Alex Styles told me that these were one of the last pieces that he designed for Garrard before he retired in 1987.
As they were made to commemorate the 300th Anniversary of the Spanish Armada in 1988 and made after he retired Garrard didn't apply his usual fascimile:
Des.by A G Styles.
 


Large Silver Armada Dish

Silver Commemorative Armada DishSilver Commemorative Armada Dish

London 1988
Designed by Alex Styles
Garrard & Co Ld

Alex Styles told me that these were one of the last pieces that he designed for Garrard before he retired in 1987.
As they were made to commemorate the 300th Anniversary of the Spanish Armada in 1988 and made after he retired Garrard didn't apply his usual fascimile:
Des.by A G Styles.

9cm Dish Limited Edition of 900 £195
(3.5" original cost in 1988 £150)

13 cm Dish Limited Edition of 400 £295
(5" original cost in 1988 £250)

(8" original cost in 1988 £650)

25.5 cm Dish Limited Edition of 88 £895
In original box
(10" original cost in 1988 £950)
 



Silver Salt

London 1977
Jubilee Hallmark
Designed by Alex Styles
Made by Nayler Brothers.

£240

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Small drum salt to celebrate 650th Anniversary of the Company's first Royal Charter. The body is decorated with a photoetched interpretation of the Company's arms. 


Silver Salt

Pair 'Churchill' Silver Wine CoastersPair 'Churchill' Silver Wine Coasters

London 1974
Designed by Alex Styles and John Churchill (nephew)
Garrard and Co
No 38/100
Made to commemorate 100 years
of the birth of Sir Winston Churchill
Orginal Box
Diameter: 14cm
£995


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Exhibition of Silver Designed by Alex Styles
Exhibition of Silver Designed by Alex Styles


According to The Times newspaper of 11th April 1966 "...many think he is the finest designer of hand-made silver in England."

"Alex Styles must have designed as much handmade silver as any person alive."
Chris Walton When Assistant Director, Design & Technology Department, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths