DESIGNED BY DAVID MELLOR: A silver Pride pattern four-piece tea service together with a Pride pattern tray, makers mark for Walker & Hall, Sheffield 1964 - 1965, the tray Sheffield 1968, the hot water pot, with maker's mark for Elkington & Co, Sheffield 1965, the service with incuse pattern number 53718, the tray 53578  (5)
Lot 169
DESIGNED BY DAVID MELLOR: A silver Pride pattern four-piece tea service together with a Pride pattern tray makers mark for Walker & Hall, Sheffield 1964 - 1965, the tray Sheffield 1968, the hot water pot, with maker's mark for Elkington & Co, Sheffield 1965, the service with incuse pattern number 53718, the tray 53578 (5)
Sold for £3,125 (US$ 5,043) inc. premium

Lot Details
DESIGNED BY DAVID MELLOR: A silver Pride pattern four-piece tea service together with a Pride pattern tray, makers mark for Walker & Hall, Sheffield 1964 - 1965, the tray Sheffield 1968, the hot water pot, with maker's mark for Elkington & Co, Sheffield 1965, the service with incuse pattern number 53718, the tray 53578  (5)
DESIGNED BY DAVID MELLOR: A silver Pride pattern four-piece tea service together with a Pride pattern tray
makers mark for Walker & Hall, Sheffield 1964 - 1965, the tray Sheffield 1968, the hot water pot, with maker's mark for Elkington & Co, Sheffield 1965, the service with incuse pattern number 53718, the tray 53578
The service of plain oval tapering form with curved sides and incurved tops, the pots with resin handles and pull-off covers with resin finials,
the tray, rectangular form with rounded corners and slightly curved sides, length of tray 50.9cm, weight total 131.5oz. (5)

Footnotes

  • The Pride tea service was designed by David Mellor in 1958. In 1959 it won a Council of Industrial Design award for both aesthetic and practical reasons.
    Originally manufactured by Walker & Hall of Sheffield, who employed Mellor as a design consultant from 1954.
    In the 1960's Sheffield steel and cutlery industries were struggling to compete and so forced companies to merge. Walker & Hall merged with Elkington & Company and Mappin & Webb to form British Silverware Ltd.

    David Mellor CBE, RDI is one of the best known 20th century British designers and was a key figure in the evolution of post-war British design. He was born in Sheffield in 1930 and, from the age of twelve, attended the Junior Art Department Sheffield College of Art. In 1945, he progressed to the Sheffield College of Art where he became interested in contemporary design. After National Service Mellor, went to the Royal College of Art under Professor Robert Goodden, winning a scholarship to study at the British School in Rome. After graduating in 1954, Mellor returned to Sheffield and set up a workshop and studio for special commissions in silver and was at the centre of a resurgence of the interest in contemporary silversmithing. In 1962, he became the youngest ever Royal Designer for Industry.

    Mellor is recognised for the great diversity of his design work from cutlery, hence his nick name the 'cutlery king,' to designing Britain's first modern street furniture. Driven by a passion for good design for the public he made a considerable impact on the British street landscape, with designs for bus shelters, the square post box, street lighting, seating and litter bins. However, we will be most familiar with his traffic lights. In 1965, he was commissioned by the Ministry of Transport to redesign the national traffic light system, Mellor's traffic lights are still in use today almost unaltered since their introduction 40 years ago.

    A museum in Hathersage in Derbyshire shows the full historic collection of his work.
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