Paul Storr (1771-1844) was one of the great British craftsmen in silver. His pieces are some of the finest examples of the Regency period. Storr’s father was a silver chaser and Paul was exposed to the working of silver at an early age. In 1785, he apprenticed to Swedish plate maker Andrew Fogelburg. In 1792, Storr went into partnership with William Frisbee, later establishing an independent trade in Soho, London. By 1807, he was working primarily for Philip Rundell, a highly successful dealer, although he continued to use his own mark and name. He left Rundell’s in 1819 and spent the last years of his career in partnership with John Mortimer. Storr’s reputation was in the making of spectacular, large pieces and among his most famous commissions are the ‘Battle of the Nile’ cup presented to Admiral Nelson in 1799 (National Maritime Museum, Greenwich) and over one hundred pieces made as part of the vast ‘Ambassador Service’ for the first Duke of Wellington in 1814.