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Diary of a Silversmith

A Silver Adorned Sword Stick

I never know what will come into the workshop next!! This weekend brought a very unusual repair. As well as manufacturing we offer a repair service for any of our own products and a more general service to anyone needing help with a silver item. On this occasion it was a silver adorned sword stick brought in by a gentleman. He requested that we try and return it to it's former glory as some parts were very badly dented. Another interesting fact was that although the feral on the stick had an English hallmark from 1900, the actual sword had been made in France. In order to make a decision on... [More]

Sterling Silver Flower Vase

On return from a recent European sales trip I decided to leave a sample sterling silver flower vase at home. I have recently started making this vase after many years and thought it would be a good idea to do some testing. This is always a good policy as it gets the product used in a real day to day environment and any minor issues can be sorted out before a customer uses it. Some years ago the same was done with one of our pepper grinders and guess what?? It did not work properly.Despite containing the best Peugeot mechanism it would not perform as it should have done. A small spacer was add... [More]

Pepper Mill refurbishment

Six of our Sterling Silver Capstan Pepper Mills recently came back for a refurbishment from a retailer in Oxford, England. They were owned by one of the local colleges. Although in surprisingly good condition, in that there were very few dents, they had some structural problems mainly surrounding the aluminium drive shafts. These were corroded which had caused three of the finials to seize on and so breaking the threads off. After a complete dissemble, three new knobs, six new spindles and a good ultrasonic clean and re-polish they looked like new again. Question: How did the aluminium spin... [More]