Simon Benney, one of Britain’s foremost silversmiths, has taken as his inspiration for this specially commissioned piece, the Marlborough Mound, sometimes called Merlin’s Mound, our very own 4500-year old Neolithic monument. No more than 15 of this elegant and original contemporary creation, in lead crystal and sterling silver, will ever be made. The textured surface of the silver spiral, echoing the spiral pathway up the Mound, is known as “Benney bark”, a signature technique of both Simon Benney and his silversmith father Gerald. This impressive piece is the most prestigious item ever to have been commissioned for the College. It will surely become a treasured heirloom as well as great investment. There is ample space to engrave the silver to your specification.
The decanter measures 7 7/8” (20cms) tall with a base diameter of 7 1/2” (19cms), and holds 750ml.

About the maker:
Simon Benney is a member of the Goldsmiths’ Company, and the holder of three royal warrants as silversmith to HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and HRH Prince Charles. Benney, who lives in Marlborough, trained under his father Professor Gerald Benney CBE, who was also a leading silversmith, and then at the Gemological Association of America where he graduated top of his year. He is a designer and maker of jewellery and objets d’art, with work commissioned by the Royal Household and private clients from around the world. His work has featured in many exhibitions, and he is widely collected. His renown has been recognised with the Simon Benney Award for the top graduate at Sir John Cass, Britain’s leading jewellery and silversmithing college.