The Royal Victorian Order medal produced by Toye Kenning & Spencer

BIRMINGHAM’S oldest manufacturer has completed one of its most high profile orders supplying Buckingham Palace with a new batch of medals for the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Toye Kenning & Spencer, based in the city’s historic Jewellery Quarter, has been commissioned to produce a number of Royal Victorian Order medals, which could take on added significance as part of this year’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The Royal Victorian Order recognises distinguished personal service to the Monarch or members of her family.  Established in 1896 by Queen Victoria, the order has five hierarchical grades and one medal with three levels, each representing a different level of service.

Fiona Toye, chief executive of the firm, said: “We are proud to have been entrusted with this prestigious work.

“The individuals who receive the award have been personally selected by The Queen and will treasure their medal.  It is important, therefore, that we craft each and every medal with skill and care.  We are rigorous in our attention to detail, hand crafting and hand checking each one so that every one is perfect.”

In total, 55 medals were manufactured in gold and silver. Each was stamped using original dies before being plated, polished and finished by the company’s expert crafts people.

Toye Kenning & Spencer, which is over 325 years old, was founded by a penniless Huguenot refugee.  On arrival in the UK, he and his family resumed their trade of weaving, lace-making, embroidery and gold and silver wire making.

Today Toye Kenning & Spencer has two manufacturing facilities - in Birmingham and Bedworth - plus a corporate showroom and retail outlet in London’s West End.

It has a Royal Warrant and combines imaginative design, traditional skills and computer technology to produce a range of items. As well as a range of State Insignia, the company creates a plethora of other civil and military identity products.