A warrant from the British royal family is a rare honor. Only an élite cadre of artisans receives these ancient crests, awarded by the most senior members of the court; they are a public sign that the Queen, Prince Philip or Prince Charles personally endorses the company’s services.
To receive a single warrant in any industry is career-defining. Holding every warrant in a single industry is an unprecedented feat. The House of Benney stands alone in this extraordinary honor.
It was Benney’s reputation for sensational enamelware that first attracted the royal family’s attention. Indeed, Buckingham Palace has a 100-piece collection of vintage Fabergé, which is among the most important in the world. These treasures, so cherished by the British court, were the inspiration behind the passion for enameling which the Queen and her family share with Benney.
The House of Benney’s relationship with the court has long transcended commerce. Its founder, Gerald, was such an intimate of the royal family that he regularly received dinner invitations to Buckingham Palace. It was an even greater mark of affection and respect when he was invited to rent a vacation cottage on the Queen’s favorite estate, Balmoral in Scotland. There, both he and Prince Charles could indulge their shared passion for watercolor sketching.
When Simon Benney took over the house from his father in the 1990s, Benney’s position with the court was so assured that reissuing those warrants in his name was a formality. He continues to produce custom treasures for the court, including the newest generation, princes William and Harry, for whom Benney has created custom enamel cufflinks – a fitting tribute to their late mother, Diana, who always relied on Simon for cufflinks to match the men’s shirts she favored.