The ‘Rolls-Royce Desk Set’ ashtray & cigarette box
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 intended for retail, making them highly prized for collectors.
The first piece created for the set, (shown left) is a hallmarked Sterling silver circular ashtray with raised rim and centrally mounted Spirit of Ecstasy mascot. Made by Sebastian Garrard and hallmarked London, 1926.
Height: 5 inches (13 cm)
Price Code: SOLD
(On right) the third element created for the set, the cigarette box, was created two years later, with a hinged lid acid etched with Spirit of Ecstasy profile with her shadow cast behind. The boxwood interior with adjustable compartments. Made by Saunders & Shepherd and hallmarked London, 1928.
Size: 7 x 3½ x 2 inches (18 x 9 x 5 cm)
Price Code: ££
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