Traditional Royal Christening Gifts.

Amongst the gowns, the gifts, the godparents and the many things that make a christening such a special occasion, christening gifts have been a tradition for centuries. On the day of a child’s baptism they receive gifts from their parents and godparents, gifts of value that will last them a life time. From drinking vessels that date back thousands of years, apostle spoons from the Tudor period, a silver sixpence to a lucky sovereign and more recently, the Royal Mint has made Britain’s first ever christening coin for Prince George.

Ideal christening for a christening gift. Silver and gold gilded egg and spoon.

It is the royal family that we can turn to for the ideal christening presents; after all they are gifts for princes and princesses, future kings and queens. We can look towards the reign of Queen Victoria to see how the royal family has such a wonderful way of both keeping to tradition but also creating new ideas and influences for the perfect christening gift. It was in Victoriana, that there was a change in focus, from investment to keepsake, as pure silver and plated items became replaced with sterling silver.

Although it holds more monetary value as a precious metal, pure silver is too soft for making items for use. Sterling silver however, which is alloyed with copper has more strength and durability making it the perfect material for a precious gift. Many gifts such as silver egg cups, spoons and cutlery all became extremely popular in the Victorian era. These items maintain their popularity, and continue to be part of this special tradition.

Silver baby feet, life cast.

Looking at the array of gifts that the Royal family have in their collections, you will find a truly marvellous selection; traditional christening cups, a silver carousel cake topper that was given to Prince Charles as a baby and more recently Prince George’s own coin from the Royal Mint. Familiar and new items that will no doubt become tradition. There is one thing that pulls them together and that is their precious quality. Made from precious metal; beautiful shining sterling silver, full of lustre, maintaining the tradition of value, a gift for a lifetime. All qualities we believe in at Wrightson and Platt.

Baby hand cufflinks.

Using traditional methods and advanced technology we also create perfect christening gifts to the highest of standards. In keeping with tradition we have an array of gifts which all have our own little Wrightson and Platt twist to them. A silver spoon, silver and gold gilded egg cups, your babies’ hands and feet cast in silver, hands and feet miniaturized as pendants and cufflinks for a mother and father to remember the precious day. All capturing a special moment, a precious day in yours and your child’s life, gifts that not only maintain the value of tradition but capture a memory to last a life time.

As we celebrate the baptism of our future King, little Prince George, the world awaits news of all the many gifts he and his parents will receive. At Wrightson and Platt we are able to create wonderful gifts for your special occasion including baby hand and feet castings, baby feet pendants and baby hand cufflinks.

Baby feet pendant, miniature baby feet pendant.


A Royal Inspiration.

The Royal inspiration behind Wrightson and Platt.

With the arrival of Kate and Williams’ baby, George Alexander Louis of Cambridge being the focus of the public eye; it is hard to believe that George is already over one month old; it is at times like these that we begin to realize how those first precious moments of a child’s life go by in the blink of an eye. As soon as we are welcoming a child into the world, they are already part of it as they begin to grow and develop so quickly.

Here at Wrightson and Platt we capture these ephemeral moments and value the importance of preserving family memories. So we thought we would take this time to delve a little into the history of our own Royal inspiration. Giving you a glimpse of what inspires us, why we appreciate the love of memories and create something that you can treasure for a lifetime. Capturing these moments with such care and attention is such a prominent part of history, especially when we look towards the Royal family.

”Polished bronze cast baby feet”

Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to have a photograph of her family taken. She used the most advance artistic skills and technologies to record memories wanting to capture the details of her family in the best possible way. She was an advocate for art and design, appreciating and promoting new technologies which were expanding throughout her reign. Known for her extensive photography collection of her family, capturing details of her children was something that she love to do. And when the opportunity arose to have her children’s hands and feet carved. It was Mary Thornycroft’s sculptural skills that caught her attention. Studying at the Royal Academy under her father John Francis, Mary was one of the first female sculptures to study at the academy. And following in her father’s footsteps, she worked alongside him at times, and it was on the occasion when he was in the company of Queen Victoria, that the queen saw the quality in Mary’s own work. Queen Victoria took this moment to commission Mary, to sculpt the hands and feet of all nine of her precious children. And it was not just the once, Queen Victoria continued to have carvings of her children made as they grew up, a wonderful documentation of their growth. As Mary remained a sculptor for the Royal family for the majority of her life, in this time she also taught the Queen’s daughter Princess Louise in sculpting and modelling.

Baby hand pendant, gold necklace, miniaturized hands. Mary Thornycroft wearing Wrightson and Platt gold miniature hand pendant.
Mary Thornycroft Bust, wearing miniature gold hand pendant necklace.

Sculptor, Mary Thornycroft.

Mary Thornycroft, the acclaimed Victorian sculptor was and is an inspiration. And for this reason when you visit our Knightsbridge showroom, you’ll see sitting proudly on our desk, an elegant bust of Mary. This remarkable lady is to whom we owe thanks for an emotional and Royal influence on our work Victoria’s own personal desire to preserve family memories, developed a tradition of taking casts of family members and creating beautiful sculptures. The idea was to conserve this innocence and sense of family as more than just as memory, and as something that could be physically revisited and passed down in history. As we have looked to the past, we can see how the future has unfolded. We can look to the collections of the Royal family sculptures and not just have a time line of events and people, but the wonderful details of who they were. Mary Thornycroft’s artworks are still part of the Royal Collection and have been for over 150 years, her skills as a sculptor have immortalized details of a family that could have been lost in time. How the tiny hand of a prince became a king, capturing the most delicate moments of life, preserving details that leave not just a fading memory but a lasting legacy.

Mary took plaster cast of each child’s hands and feet, she used to create carving of the children’s hands and feet out of alabaster. Using her skills as a sculptor and the tools and technology available at that time to make the most life like carving possible, from using the cast to replicate the tiny details into alabaster. Wanting to capture every tiny crease and crevice, lump and bump, shape and surface to immortalizing a detail from that precise moment. And this is something that is at the heart of Wrightson and Platt. It was in 1999 when Vicky Platt and Denise Wrightson first founded W&P that their mutual appreciation of preserving those ephemeral moments in life ignited their inspirations to revive tradition. With the technology of the 21st century intertwined with traditional methods from British craftsmanship this proposed an exciting opportunity to push the boundaries of what was previously possible. With their artistic background and focus on quality, using the best materials, process and artists you will find the most stunning forms of art here at Wrightson and Platt. Creating luxury, bespoke art works that you can treasure with your family for a lifetime.

Hand pendant, gold necklace, hand cast, miniature
Miniature gold hand pendant. Big brother and baby brother hands cast.

”Big brother and baby brother hands cast in 18ct yellow gold”


From life cast hands and feet to the engraving of a finger print. You will find an endless array of beautiful bespoke art works. Using the precious materials of gold, silver, bronze and glass you will discover the many exquisite sculptures and jewellery that we make. From high level casting and 3D scanning, using the best technology you will find miniaturized life casts, cufflinks, necklaces, keyrings, pendants, bracelets, rings, hand held vases, and so much more. So why not come and take a peek in our showroom on Walton Street and see where our Royal inspiration has taken us, and see the wonderful works we produce that can be with you for a lifetime.

Hands cast, bronze sculpture, family piece. ‘New Family’. Daddy, mummy and baby all cast together in celebration - two become three ...
New Family.