Margaret Thatcher's Handbags
Margaret Thatcher was famous for her beautiful handbags. Her black Asprey bag was at her side during some of the most important summits with President Ronald Reagan during the 1980s.
The Asprey Gorilla Safe was inspired by John Aspinall's pioneering efforts to breed silverback gorillas in captivity at his private zoo in Kent. This exceptional piece was modelled in clay first, in order that a detailed mould could be taken from the original sculpture. A thick layer of pure silver is then applied to the mould using an electroforming technique.
The safe door has a fully functioning three-digit combination lock engineered by Asprey craftsmen. A glistening black finish on the gorilla's body has been achieved by the deliberate oxidisation of the silver which has subsequently been stabilised with a clear lacquer. Each gorilla safe has a production number engraved on the sole of its feed.