Rolls-Royce Sterling silver desk clock, 1927
Price Code: SOLD
A Sterling silver desk clock in the form of a free-standing Rolls-Royce radiator, with 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 and Shepherd, and hallmarked London, 1927. Complete with a bespoke two door black calfskin presentation case (not shown, images available).
Height: 5½ inches (14 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 made for sale.
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