Leslie Durbin, CBE, MVO, (1913-2005) began silversmithing, having won a London County Council scholarship, at the age of thirteen, and within three years had been apprenticed to the leading silversmith of the day, Omar Ramsden. Durbin was called up in 1941 and in 1943 was seconded from the RAF to assist the commission to produce Stalingrad's Sword of Honour. The sword was exhibited in London and internationally before its dispatch to Teheran, and was praised for the painstaking craftsmanship. Over the following decades, Durbin's career was closely linked with the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and he remained the silversmith of choice for many institutional commissions, from chains of office and maces to processional crosses and commemorative plate.
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