TMB Art Metal is a small London based company dedicated to producing provenance sculptures, cufflinks and other items, the unique key to all being that they incorporate in their making metal or material originating from the actual iconic subject the item represents.
TMB was founded by Christopher Bennett in 2005 following the much publicised excavation of Hurricane fighter aircraft “P2725 TM-B”, which crashed in Buckingham Palace Road, London, on Battle of Britain Day, 15th September 1940. Post-excavation, and with TM-B’s Merlin engine safely on display within the Imperial War Museum, a limited number of Hurricane sculptures were crafted using actual ‘recycled’ corroded metal originating from the Hurricane. One example was presented to Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace – a sculpture made of metal from the actual aircraft that had saved the Palace, her home, over six decades earlier.
Such was the interest in these unique sculptures actually made of history and imbued with provenance, TMB Art Metal was formed to expand the concept and the exclusive limited edition product range.
Since then TMB Art Metal has developed into the respected and renowned ‘provenance’ brand, along the way collaborating with many other brands such as Dunhill, Bentley and IWC. TMB is also proud to have created for the Royal British Legion a series of fund raising poppy lapel pins made of materials recovered from the WW1 battlefields of the Somme and Passchendaele, whilst also remembering the soldiers who died there, fighting for our freedom.
Now Christopher Bennett and TMB are extremely proud and privileged to have instigated in entirety The “Thank You” Pin concept to raise funds for NHS Charities Together, whilst saying “Thank You” to all the NHS staff who fought for us on the Covid-19 front line.
“Whilst the pandemic isn’t a physical war, there are many parallels to the experiences that communities and front-line workers endured during World War Two,” comments founder of TMB Art Metal, Christopher Bennett. “I wanted to bring two iconic symbols from these wars over 80 years apart together to create a collectable pin that represents the nation’s gratitude for all NHS workers’ sacrifice and bravery, whilst raising significant funds for NHS Charities Together.”
*Even the company name has provenance, TMB being the Hurricane’s squadron code “TM-B”, whilst “Art Metal” references the name of the building at the junction of Buckingham Palace Road and Ebury Bridge, “Art Metal Steel Office Furniture”. Thus TMB Art Metal’s name is inextricably linked to its own foundation.
Since opening its doors in 1949, Ernest Jones has established itself as a purveyor of prestige watches and jewellery. Curating the best in both craft and class, it provides exceptional edits of gold, silver and diamond jewellery from brands including Vera Wang and Le Vian, alongside prestigious watch brands such as Omega, Breitling, Cartier and TAG Heuer, ensuring you'll find the piece that will make every special life moment memorable.
As the official retailer of The “Thank You” Pin in support of NHS Charities Together, Ernest Jones are proud to be celebrating the work of the NHS during this unprecedented year. This has been a difficult year for the nation, but the incredible NHS front-line workers have shown true strength, resilience and commitment, and The ‘Thank You’ Pin will raise vital funds to ensure they can continue doing such an outstanding job.
Ernest Jones prides itself on craftmanship and quality - The team at TMB Art Metal have created a commemorative pin that reflects this ethos, drawing inspiration from the people it will ultimately benefit. The choice of metal from the WW2 Spitfire aircraft continues to showcase this brave spirit and will stand the test of time for those who want to show their gratitude and support for years to come.