Gordon Russell pin dishes
Two pin dishes designed by Gordon Russell and made circa 1920. Both dishes have a hand planished finish and a repeating punched asterisk and crescent design.
One dish is pewter and clearly marked with “R&S” and “Lygon”. The Lygon range was made by Russell and Sons, circa 1920, and was sold from the Gordon Russell workshops in the Cotswolds. Much of the Lygon range metalwork was actually made at the Hart’s Silversmiths in Chipping Campden. George Hart, an original Guild of Handicraft member, stayed on in Chipping Campden after Ashbee and the guild left and continued to make metalwork from the Guild’s workshop. Hart’s descendants still run the workshop today and have personally shown me the “Lygon” stamp.
The second dish is brass and marked with “R.W. Ltd”. After much research I have been informed that this piece was made at the Russell Workshops.
Dimensions: Both dishes are just over 3 1/2″ in diameter and 3/4″ high