It was in the late 1930's when he received a telegram from an old German friend asking him to check on someone who had fled to London with just one suitcase to escape Nazi persecution. The refugee was Gustav von Pohl, an intelligent man of strong principles and, as it happens, a Baron. After 6 months or so and in gratitude for having been taken in, fed and clothed by Tom and despite his protestations Gustav insisted that he accepted as a token his family's 18ct gold pocket watch and set of dress studs.
These two small possessions he had brought out of Germany in his suitcase. Passed down to me it is not difficult to imagine how one might be enchanted both by their simple but striking elegance and also the wonderful story of kindness and generosity. European jewellery making at its timeless best - so different to today's novelty and bling... Read the full story.
Surrounded everywhere by evidence of the importance of stone and wood to ancient man. Long walks amongst the sarsen stones of Fyfield Down, hunts for arrowheads, observing the colouration of flint in old bronze age fire beds, the wonderful shapes of some of the nodules and the lengths ancient man went to fashion ceremonial pieces or gifts from stone... Read the full story.