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Leslie DurbinLeslie Durbin

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Leslie Durbin: born 1913 died: 2005

Studied at Central School of Arts and Crafts1926-9, apprenticed to Omar Ramsden 1929-38. Held all the Goldsmith's Company's scholarships. A Goldsmith's Company scholarship in 1938 enabled him not only to study silversmithing but also to undertake modelling and life classes. Consequently, the use of modelling and silversmithing, as a combination of techniques, has characterised Durbin's silver designs in subsequent years. Established a workshop in 1945 in partnership with Leonard Moss, who had been senior to him with Omar Ramsden. His workshops were at 62 Rochester Place, Camden Town. For his work on the Stalingrad Sword, given by Churchill to Stalin, in the service of the King in 1943 he was made a MRVO. Taught for a while at the Central School and RCA while Gerald Benney, David Mellor and Robert Welch were students. Made a CBE in 1976 for his contribution to the silver craft. He designed the Queen's Head for the Royal Jubilee commemorative assay mark and reverse of £1 coins in the 1980's. His studio was taken over by Hector Miller in 1976 who is still working from the same address. Durbin was honoured in 1982 with a one-man exhibition at Goldsmith's Hall entitled "Fifty Years of Silversmithing."

 




Silver 'Fish' Tray Silver 'Fish' Tray

London 1949
Leslie Durbin
Length: 33cm
Width: 21cm

£950

A similar Fish engraving can be seen on his Fishing Trophy he made in 1938, age 25, while studying at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. (See illustration page 188 of my book 'Designer British Silver') 



Pair Silver Beakers

Pair Silver Beakers
London 1973
Height; 7.5 cm
Diameter: 6 cm

£950 pair

His & Hers reverse decorated bases 


Pair Silver Beakers

Silver Sherry LabelSilver Sherry Label

London 1953
Leslie Durbin
Coronation Hallmark
Length: 6½cm

£195

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Made for Saccone & Speed, wine shippers, to give to clients to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation. 



Silver Spoon

London 1977
Leslie Durbin
Length: 12cm

£98

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Silver Spoon