Peter Payne 1923-2017


(Edward) Peter Payne sadly passed away on Friday 7th July 2017, aged 94.

Peter was born and grew up in Oxford and having served as a pilot in the R.A.F (flying Wellington bombers) in World War II, he joined the family silver and jewellery business in 1946. As the sixth generation Peter helped excel the business with his brother Nicholas. Peter's knowledge and promotion of silver and silversmiths from the Arts and Crafts movement onwards was unprecedented both within and outside the trade. Peter worked for 60 years at Payne and Son and still took great interest in the business, and his knowledge was often called upon, during his retirement.

Peter's wife, of 66 years, Daphne and he shared many fond memories; especially their passion for walking and hiking in the Swiss Alps and their love of gardening.


Peter will be deeply missed.


Payne & Son was founded in 1790 and after eight generations is still run by members of the same family.

John Payne opened a silversmiths and jewellers in Wallingford in 1790, with other shops opening in Abingdon 1825, Banbury 1842 and Tunbridge Wells 1870, all run by various members of the Payne family. George Septimus Payne inherited the Abingdon shop in 1874, but 14 years later, he decided to move to Oxford. Payne & Son (Goldsmiths), Oxford, started trading in January 1889 and have been at 131 High Street ever since.

So now, after 227 years, we have the 7th and 8th generations of Paynes in this family business in Oxford.

Payne & Son specialises in 20th century and contemporary silver, as well as modern jewellery, and is a major stockist of Georg Jensen.