When it comes to craftsmanship, Lancelot Lancaster White (LLW) uses tried and true methods when creating luxury poker boxes and other accessories.
Sourcing the rarest materials available, each of these boxes exudes its own character and can be faithfully called one of a kind.
Handcrafted in England and produced in limited quantities, these stunning poker sets are sure to be a cherished addition to any collection or poker enthusiast’s mantle.
Read the official press release from LLW below:
Lancelot Lancaster White (LLW) - handmade luxury poker boxes and luxury watch boxes.
All components are handmade in England by traditionally skilled master craftsmen.
Production of each series is extremely limited due to the rare, ancient and precious material resources available.
- limited edition of 20 pieces from a one-off design by Linzi Stivey-Davies. Available for order now – ready for Christmas is the Collection, Mysterio series providing two finish options:
– swirled ebony, inlaid maple Mysterio design, silver components coated in 18 carat gold;
– Piano black gloss lacquer, inlaid mother of pearl Mysterio design, silver components coated in 18 carat gold.
Every Luxury Poker Box contains an Evaluator designed by LLW allowing players to change the value of the chips or allow the chips to have no value at all.
Every Luxury Poker Box includes a secret drawer designed and produced by Lancelot Lancaster White.
Historium: limited edition (flagship series) using rare and ancient materials such as Concorde, Red Bull Racing, HMS Victory, Le France, Big Ben, production is limited to 6-12 pieces making these items irreplaceable. Every Historium Luxury poker box or luxury watch box is certified for authenticity.
Emporium: One off projects such as the limited edition Jubilee Wine Cannon created under the auspices of National Museum of the Royal Navy for HRH QEII Diamond Jubilee; 30 pieces entirely handmade using HMS Victory wood and sterling silver, matching the number of lower gun deck cannons at the Battle of Trafalgar 1805 under the command of Admiral Nelson.
LLW has term contracts with each leading body to ensure authentic materials and quality of production.
Next Historium - HMS Victory Luxury Poker Box, using wood removed from HMS Victory, featuring a silver figure head inlaid into the box top, a miniature reproduction of Lemuel Abbot Francis picture of Nelson in Tricor and medals executed in enamel on silver. Six pieces will be made, one for each HMS Victory, including a No1 box to be handmade by Robert Ingham, England’s greatest living master craftsman. Prices are predicted to be around £105,000.00
Early next year will - Concorde Luxury Poker Box, a limited series of 20 pieces. Parts from the fastest Concorde will be used as well as ruby and sapphire inlays. Price £67,000.00
Big Ben Luxury Watch Box, a limited series of 12 pieces and the first mechanical watch box of its kind in the world. Using the only known piece of Big Ben available, the build process takes around 6 months - estimated price £250,000.00
Working with partners such a Bramah and Swaine Adeney Brigg ensures every component is of the highest quality.
Recycling of these rare and ancient materials is an absolute privilege. To give new life to what is considered by some to be redundant is a unique opportunity allowing LLW to blend creativity with authenticated historical fact.
In 2013-14 LLW will launch series - fictional characters and stories; the first two will be Jules Verne – 20,000 Leagues under the Sea (Poker Box & Watch Box) and HG Wells – Time Machine (Watch Box)
LLW has been recognised by the Robb Report as the world’s leading exponent of its art.
Lancelot Lancaster White prides itself on its ability to make every component here in the United Kingdom using the skills and knowledge of traditional craftsmen who have been trained and apprenticed in England, and modern techniques for development and measurement.
General raw materials are sourced wherever possible in the United Kingdom or in Europe. Working with partners such as Bramah (who created the world’s first patented lock in 1784 and still in existence) LLW is sure to have authentic quality parts containing a true sense of these great inventors heritage.
LLW has long term contracts in place with each of its key suppliers ensuring continuity of supply and only authentic materials are used that can be validated and certified.
Collection was developed to allow Lancelot Lancaster White to demonstrate its own creative ability, employing the design skills of Linzi Stivey Davies. This generates original new concepts and ideas which are then formulated and developed through the artistic and technical avenues to explore the practicality of marrying the project together.
Each Collection project consists of 20 pieces. Once completed, a new design is created and developed.
The result as with Mysterio is two variations on a single theme;
Buckingham – a more traditional looking luxury poker box finished with swirled ebony and the ‘Mysterio’ logo inlaid in maple.
Nocturn – a contemporary version of the luxury poker box finished in high gloss black lacquer and the ‘Mysterio’ logo inlaid using an ecological mother of pearl.
Collection luxury poker boxes have the main components handmade in silver and then plated as required. For the Mysterio range this means the silver components are covered in 18 carat gold.
To ensure all luxury poker boxes retain an air of mystery about them LLW has designed and developed its own secret drawer whilst removing any visible release button. This can be found on every luxury poker box.
Historium is the flagship product range as this includes all the key concepts of the luxury poker box with the benefit or rare and ancient materials making each box a unique work of art and inherently valuable in its own right, even outside its insurance valuation.
Historium pieces consist of the lowest quantity production. This is normally restricted by the materials or licensing available to reproduce artworks etc which may be contained within the project. Historium pieces can be either Luxury Poker Box or Luxury Watch Box. The rarity of these materials influences the number of pieces that can be produced, and this is taken into account each time a new project is created, which in Historium pieces has also to match with some kind of historical logic.
Rare and ancient materials are sourced from credible sources providing full certification and authentication regarding the origin of the materials. These are generally components that have reached the end of their practical life but hold significant sentiment from their previous use having affected history to some degree, thus in effect LLW regenerates these components raising their historic profile giving each piece a powerful significance.
Typical projects either under review or in production include:
Luxury Poker Boxes:
Concorde – 20 pieces based on the 20 planes made - £60-70,000.00
Red Bull Racing - in conceptualisation
HMS Victory – 6 pieces representing the 6 HMS Victories that were built - £105,000.00
Le France – 6 pieces based on the 6 original artworks contained in the 2 Appartements Grand Luxe - £60-70,000.00
Big Ben – 12 pieces representing the hours of the day - £50,000.00
Luxury Watch Box:
Big Ben – 12 pieces representing the hours of the day – the first mechanical watch box of its kind in the world uses the only known piece of Big Ben available, the build and crafting process takes around 6 months. Winding 8 watches - £250,000.00
Every box is certified for the authenticity of its components. Certification is made by the owning authority. In the case of HMS Victory this would be either Curator of HMS Victory or Sea Lord of the Royal Navy.
For more information please visit LLW's homepage.
By Doron Levy
Images and Sources Courtesy Lancelot, Lancaster and White.
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