Ancestors rekindles HRP license as business grows

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Royal-themed manufacturer also working with RHS and Cutty Sark.

Ancestors of Dover, the manufacturer of royal-themed souvenir and jewellery gift collections, has re-signed its license with Historic Royal Palaces as it looks to grow its Crowns & Regalia collection.

Nicholas Humphery-Smith, managing director of Ancestors, said the company has been busy working on new collections including its Royal collection which it says has sold particularly well this year so far.

He said: “I now design and have jewellery made exclusively for heritage sites [including] Sterling Castle and Edinburgh Castle.”

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The company has also been working with The British Museum on exclusive design and manufacture for the past two years and recently designed jewellery for the museum’s upcoming Shakepeare exhibition.

Ancestors has also created jewellery exclusively for the restored Cutty Sark and has won a jewellery licence for the Royal Ballet and the Royal Horticultural Society, for which it will make a collection called Birth Flower Jewellery.

“I have just started design work with RMN [which represents La Louvre and Versailles Palace] and hope to be producing some jewellery shortly,” added Humphrey-Smith.

The company will continue its work with the V&A the Natural History Museum collection, which it manufactures under licence.

Ancestors of Dover Ltd was formed in 1992, primarily as a firm of professional genealogists by Nicholas and Anne Humphery-Smith, co-founders. Today it designs and develops products for the heritage industry and owns brands such as TimeLine, Crowns & Regalia, Heraldic Express, Inspired Treasures and The Quill Store.

 

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