St Davids College


A proud moment for St David's College

Published: 05.05.2023 ( 11 months ago )

As millions of people from across the world will be tuning in to watch, master silversmith, Tim Gibbs, has designed and made the 'finials' for the Anointing screen that will be visible during the ceremony

They are at the bottom of the Anointing screen and the Eagle at the top was created by a friend of Tim's.

The Anointing Screen has been designed and produced for use at the most sacred moment of the Coronation.

The Anointing takes place before the investiture and crowning of His Majesty.

The Dean of Westminster pours holy oil from the Ampulla into the Coronation Spoon, and the Archbishop of Canterbury anoints the Sovereign on the hands, chest and head.

It has historically been regarded as a moment between the Sovereign and God.

Tim very kindly donated a silver cross to St David's that sits front, centre and very proudly in our Chapel.

An arresting photograph of Tim is very visible in Headmaster Mr Andrew Russell’s study. He is captured adventurously traversing Glacier Blanc during his St David's College climbing days in the 1980s.

It comes as no surprise that Tim has been commissioned to make the ‘finials’ for the Coronation, as his heirloom pieces are of museum standard much sought after by private collectors, private galleries and completed several commissions, the most notable being the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Tim who trained at Birmingham School of Jewellery and Silversmithing, said: “I am privileged to have been involved with the Coronation in this way-I only had three weeks to make them!”

What an incredible story! All of us at St David’s College are incredibly proud to have two Old Davideans playing such integral parts in the Coronation. See our post about Flight Lieutenant Lloyd Owen, who is piloting the Hercules during the flypast at around 2.30pm tomorrow.