A ROSE bowl made nearly 80 years ago by Sheffield silversmith Omar Ramsden could sell for up to £20,000 at auction tomorrow.
The silver bowl was commissioned by Bank of England director Lord Hyndley as a gift for his daughter Betty for her 21st birthday in 1933.
The bowl features the Hyndley coat of arms and Ramsden’s trademark Latin motto, Omar Ramsden me fecit, which means Omar Ramsden made me.
But according to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: “Despite the claim Omar Ramsden me fecit on every piece, Ramsden worked only rarely at the bench and his role was principally to interpret customers’ requirements for execution by the workshop.”
Ramsden was born on Fir Street, Walkley, in 1873. By 1887, when he was 14, Ramsden was already apprenticed to a Sheffield silver manufacturer. Ten years later Ramsden won a competition to produce a civic mace for the City of Sheffield.
Ramsden died in 1939, just 12 days before what would have been his 66th birthday. He was brought home to Sheffield and buried at Ecclesall.