The ‘Rolls-Royce Desk Set’ Clock (1927)
Price Code: ££££
A Sterling silver desk clock in the form of a freestanding Rolls-Royce radiator, with a red enamelled Rolls-Royce grill badge and topped by a miniature Spirit of Ecstasy mascot. The centrally-mounted manual clock is fitted with a Smith’s eight-day movement and has a square, white enamel dial with rear winder and adjuster. Made by Saunders & Shepherd, and hallmarked London, 1927. Complete with a bespoke burgundy glazed-calfskin 2 door presentation case.This was the second piece created as part of the ‘Rolls-Royce Desk Set’ set, and is available to purchase individually.
Height: 5½ inches (14 cm)
Width: 4½ inches (11 cm)
The Spirit of Ecstasy mascot has adorned Rolls-Royce automobiles for over 90 years and is one of the world’s most readily identified images. In 1926, the Directors of Rolls-Royce Motors decided to commission a gift, to be produced in a small quantity.
With the exception of 1931, each of the following years, until 1937, saw the creation of a different piece, always in Sterling silver and always incorporating the Spirit of Ecstasy as its decorative theme or inspiration, the result being known as the ‘Rolls-Royce Desk Set’.
The pieces in the set were made for Rolls-Royce to give to special clients, dealers and other ‘friends of the house’ – they were never for sale.
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