'Flying Geese' Belt Buckle cast in Silver.
About the Maker:
Malcolm Appleby was born in Kent in 1946 and decided while
still a teenager to become a designer. He studied at Beckenham
School of Art, Ravensbourne School of Art and the Central School
of Arts and Crafts and Sir John Cass from 1961 to 1966. Following
the pre-diploma he had an interest in gun engraving design and took
on a mock apprenticeship with John Wilkes in London where he learnt
the skills of intricate engraving on metal as a gun engraver.
He visited Scotland in 1964 for the first time on a Goldsmiths' Company
travel grant and was inspired by its natural beauty. He studied at the RCA
1966 to 1968 and moved to Scotland in 1970 where he remains to this day.
Malcolm developed new techniques for engraving and some
early work included, the Prince of Wales coronet, the Prince of Wales
gold beaker and the orb marking the first moon walk, all for Louis Osman.
He spends a lot of time teaching and helping newcomers to the craft. His
work can be found at 10 Downing Street and many major museums and
he is considered to be among the finest craftsmen working today. He was awarded the MBE in the 2014 New Year Honours for his engraving skills.