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Bernard Instone

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Born 1891 in Birmingham and given an interest in jewellery by his brother Lewis at the age of 7. When Bernard was 12 he went to the Vittoria Street School on a scholarship and was so successful that he continued there with two further scholarships learning practical silversmithing and jewellery. Bernard and his brother went to Berlin to study following an invitation by the German Court goldsmith Emil Lettre but Lewis died in an accident there. Bernard went to work with John Paul Cooper in his Westerham studio until he was called up for the First World War. In 1919 he set up the Langstone silver works with his brother Reginald in Digbeth, Birmingham. Bernard was made a Freeman of the Goldsmith's Company in 1936 and a Liveryman in 1938. By now he was selling to a broad range of clients including Sibyl Dunlop who he visited every Friday at her shop in Kensington, supplying her with made up designs already marked up with the SD mark ready for the retail market. In the 1940's Liberty became a customer after 25 years of trying to sell to them and around this time he opened a shop in Salcombe, Devon which sold the cheaper range of his jewellery as well as paintings and the family had many holidays down there. In 1944 his brother Reginald left, the sole remaining employee because of the war. In 1953 Bernard moved the business to Solihull where his sons John and Paul gradually took over until Bernard retired in 1963 and spent the rest of his life in the Cotswolds with his wife Barbara who he had married in 1922. He died in 1987.

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BERNARD INSTONE Silver SpoonBERNARD INSTONE Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon
Bernard Instone
Birmingham 1926
9.5 cm

£59 



Silver Enamelled Spoon

Bimringham 1956
Bernard Instone
Facsmile signature
Length:10cm

£110



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Silver Enamelled Spoon

Silver Coffee SpoonsSilver Coffee Spoons

Boxed set of 6 silver coffee spoons
Birmingham 1930
Bernard Instone
9cm

SOLD 



Silver Enamelled Box

Birmingham 1923
Bernard Instone
Diameter: 5cm

SOLD

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Silver Enamelled Box

Silver SpoonSilver Spoon

Birmingham 1931
Bernard Instone
Length: 16cm

SOLD



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Silver Boxed Spoons

Birmingham 1925
Bernard Instone
Length: 8½cm

SOLD



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Silver Boxed Spoons

Silver Shakespeare Caddy SpoonSilver Shakespeare Caddy Spoon

Birmingham 1927
Bernard Instone
Length: 6½cm

SOLD



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Hammered Silver Spoons

Birmingham 1930
Bernard Instone
Length: 9½cm
In original leather silk lined box

SOLD




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Hammered Silver Spoons

Pair Boxed Enamelled Silver SpoonsPair Boxed Enamelled Silver Spoons

Birmingham 1933
Bernard Instone
Length: 12.5cm

SOLD



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Set of Six Enamelled Silver Spoons

Birmingahm 1929
Bernard Instone
Facsmile signature
Length: 10cm

SOLD

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Set of Six Enamelled Silver Spoons

Silver BroochSilver Brooch

Marked silver and makers mark
Bernard Instone
Length: 6cm

SOLD



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Silver Caddy Spoon

Birmingham 1927
Bernard Instone
Shakespeares Crest
Length: 7.5cm

SOLD



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Silver Caddy Spoon

BERNARD INSTONE Silver Caddy SpoonBERNARD INSTONE Silver Caddy Spoon

Silver Caddy Spoon
Bernard Instone
Birmingham 1927
7.5 cm

SOLD 



BERNARD INSTONE Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon
Bernard Instone
Birmingham 1928
9.5 cm

SOLD 


BERNARD INSTONE Silver Spoon