Crossing the Ocean
In 1864, the Blue Riband was inaugurated, for the fastest passenger ship to cross the Atlantic. By 1935, this had accrued such prestige that Sir Harold Hales, a shipping line owner, commissioned the Hales Trophy.
A fitting prize for the winner and much cherished, by companies such as Cunard and White Star. The passage of time and a few enthusiastic celebrations left their mark on the enamelled trophy, careful conservation urgently required.
Keith Seldon was a natural choice for the task, which needed the skills of an enamel artist, along with an understanding of techniques used to create the prize. Keith's initial training as a jeweller has proven useful on many occasions.
The fine trophy was restored, although the story did not end there. The holder of the Hales Trophy asked Garrards to create a replica to keep permanently, with Keith recreating the enamel work. No need for another image, they are indivisable.