Silver trinket fit for the Queen

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A Sheffield silversmith was given the nerve-wracking task of creating a unique silver tea light holder to be presented to the Queen when she visited Sheffield.

It took 25-year-old Jen Ricketts almost two months of painstaking work to complete the intricate piece of silverware, which depicted Sheffield landmarks including the Cathedral and Town Hall.

Jen has been living and working in Sheffield as a self-employed silversmith for the past two years.

She said: “I did feel under a lot of pressure, what if she didn’t like it?

“Fortunately it all seemed to go well.

“It was crazy but really good to be asked. It was a real privilege.

“I made the entire piece by hand, I saw-pierced the design from silver using the finest of saw blades.

“Then I used other traditional silversmithing techniques to construct and finish the piece.”

She was commissioned for the prestigious job by Sheffield Assay Office Master Ashley Carson, who wanted something tailor made.

The piece was presented to the Queen by Sheffield Lord Mayor Coun Peter Rippon at the Town Hall on Maundy Thursday.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman Laura King said: “All official gifts are greatly appreciated and are either used, put on display or form part of the Royal collection.”

Coun Rippon said: “I was delighted to present the Queen with this beautiful, intricately-designed piece of art which was made by award-winning Sheffield-based silversmith Jen Ricketts.

“The silver tea light holder represents a journey from London to Sheffield and depicts city landmarks including the cathedral and town hall.”

He added: “I hope the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were glad to take a little piece of Sheffield home with her, and I think the piece is a fitting representation of our city’s proud metalwork heritage.”