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THE ROYAL GUARD Kay Bojesen (1886-1958) was a trained silversmith and he believed that good design is something that everyone is entitled to. Kay Bojesen was a very productive man and during his career he managed to put more than 2000 different designs into production. If you look at how long his active career was, this is an impressive 2.6 designs per week in average. The large amount of designs mean that unknown Kay Bojesen designs keep on emerging – designs that even Kay Bojesen’s family knows nothing of. One wondrous Kay Bojesen discovery was the Royal Guard in silver. When Kay Bojesen’s grandchildren had to empty their parent’s attic, years after Kay had passed away, it was hard for them to get an overview of what to throw out, store, and keep. Among all the stuff, they found a small, anonymouslooking and rattling box. In the box was a lot of loose components – small samples of cobber busbies, rifles, arms, legs, and torsos. Among the samples was a fully assembled silver Royal Guard. No one in the family had seen the silver Royal Guard before, and from the small components it was clear so see how Kay Bojesen had forged his way to the perfect weight and height. It was no surprise that Kay Bojesen had forged a Royal Guard in silver, because he had a very loving relationship to the city of Copenhagen where he grew up and worked for his whole life. From his basement shop in Copenhagen, Kay Bojesen watched the Danish Royal Guard march by every day. 20

It is likely that this inspired Kay Bojesen to forged the Royal Guard in silver. After being hidden in the attic for many years, the Royal Guard is now relaunched in a polished steel version. The Royal Guard in polished steel stands upright and proud in his uniform with the characteristic busby. In his right hand, the Royal Guard carries a rifle which rests on the right shoulder and both of his arms are moveable. The Royal Guard is an elegant hybrid between a toy and a piece of art exactly like the wooden animals which have made Kay Bojesen world-famous. The Royal Guard in steel is a tribute to Kay Bojesen and his Copenhagen. We wish to revive the Royal Guard and make it available to more in order to comply with Kay Bojesen’s belief that good design is something that everyone is entitled to.

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