Omar Ramsden Silver Presentation Trowel, 1929
Presentation Trowel - Cabochon Set Terminal - London 1929 by Omar Ramsden - 18cm long; 88g - BH/1894
Silver presentation trowels were a popular way to commemorate the opening of a new building during the 19th and early 20th centuries with trowels often given to the distinguished guest that laid the first brick. This is a good, scarce example by Omar Ramsden for the opening of a new church in north London.
This arts & crafts silver trowel has an organically decorated handle with wirework in a trellis pattern and fitted to the terminal is a cabochon-set lapis-lazuli. It is in fine condition with clear hallmarks for Omar Ramsden and the all-important engraved legend: "Omar Ramsden Me Fecit".
The trowel is engraved to the top of the blade "M. Harrow Congregational Church June 29th 1929". Now known as the Welsh Congregational Church located in Lower Street, Harrow in London, the building was built in 1929 and remains standing today.