The business was an immediate success. Tom’s renowned refusal to compromise on quality and design soon saw his craftsmen supplying the top London stores and his pieces were exported throughout the World, including special commissions for international royalty, and many governments. Their old letter headings show “Contractors to H M Government”. He was also responsible for producing a special trophy for the American Kennedy dynasty, and carrying on the tradition, as late as 1990 Roberts and Dore were appointed as silversmiths to The Royal Guard of Oman.
Roberts and Doré continued to flourish through three generations of the Roberts family. Trevor, Tom’s son joined in 1926 and Henry and Kim, Trevor’s sons joined in 1958 and 1968 respectively. During the two World Wars, the company’s expertise was harnessed in supplying cutlery and food containers to the troops.
By 2008 - exactly 100 years after the birth of Roberts and Doré, the public’s demand for quality goods made in the traditional old-fashioned way, was on the increase. In response to this and to celebrate R&D’s centenary, the Roberts family designed a special collection of fine sterling silver, silverplate and rich traditional leather accessories. A lot of the designs were taken from their extensive back-catalogue of products, and given a modern twist on original retro designs.
Each item is a commitment to a century of craftsmanship, and comes presented in elegant gift boxes. The passion Tom, Trevor and now Kim Roberts have for building this fine business still forms the driving force today. No compromise on quality, service or value for money.
In 2009 Roberts & Dore took over Picnic at Ascot Ltd and added their fine Picnic and Barbecue Collections to their range thus enabling the tradition of fine dining to be extended outside in the summer months.
Roberts and Doré has a distinguished pedigree dating back to 1908 when Thomas Roberts, a respected figure in the City of London, was unable to source silverware of the quality he desired. Establishing himself as a manufacturing silversmith and cutler, he gathered together some of the best craftsmen in the country and took on extensive premises in London’s Hatton Garden which soon had a reputation for being the finest silver showrooms anywhere in London.