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Cigarette case

  • Place of origin:

    London (designed and made)

  • Date:

    1922-1923 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ramsden, Omar, born 1873 - died 1939 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, gold fretwork applied by rivets, interior gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by J. N. Hart

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 68, The Whiteley Galleries, case 7, shelf 1

Omar Ramsden, was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire. He was the son of Benjamin Woolhouse Ramsden (c.1851-c1898) and Norah (nee Ibbotson) whose family were ivory cutters and may also have dealt in ivory. Omar Ramsden was apprenticed as a silversmith in 1887 and studied at Sheffield School of Art from 1890, winning a four-year scholarship in 1894. After completing his training about 1897, Ramsden travelled abroad for a year with a fellow student at Sheffield, Alwyn Ellison Carr (1872-1940). On their return in 1898, they then set up a business in London, registering their own maker's mark. Ramsden and Carr worked first from Albert Studios, Battersea and then from a studio (St. Dunstan's) in Chelsea and a workshop in Fulham. From about 1914 Ramsden began to work independently and in 1919 the partnership with Carr was formally dissolved. Ramsden managed the studio and workshop alone until his death in 1939.

Physical description

Rectangular cigarette case with rounded edges, silver with applied 18 carat gold fretwork panels, hinged lid, lightly hammered bevelled edges, interior gilded. On the front, a design of St George killing the dragon with the words in scrollwork: SAINT GEORGE FOR MERRIE ENGLAND. On the back, a landscape with the Princess Sabra tethered to a p[ost and in the foreground a deer and the initials J·N·H.

Place of Origin

London (designed and made)


1922-1923 (made)


Ramsden, Omar, born 1873 - died 1939 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, gold fretwork applied by rivets, interior gilded

Marks and inscriptions

Maker’s mark for Omar Ramsden, London hallmarks, leopard's head, sterling, date letter for 1922-23.

St. George killing the dragon with inscription: “I WAS WROUGHT by Omar RAMSDEN BY COMMAND OF JOHN NAPTHALI HART MCMXXIII” and four shields, engraved.
Inscription and the four shields engraved on the inside of the case.

4 shields engraved


Height: 1.50 cm, Length: 11.50 cm, Width: 9.00 cm

Object history note

Acquisition RF: 63/3043
Bequest - JN Hart via Horn and Birkett (solicitors), 19 Cowley St, SW1

Descriptive line

Cigarette case, silver with gold details, London hallmarks for 1922-23, mark of Omar Ramsden


Silver; Gold


Riveting; Gilding; Engraving (incising)


Containers; Metalwork; Personal accessories

Production Type



Metalwork Collection

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