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Traditional Craftsmanship is at the heart of Grant Macdonald. We have been based at our London workshops for over 30 years and one thing that hasn't changed is the level of craftsmanship. Silversmithing is centuries old and the same tools that were used in the 17th Century are still used today.

Silversmithing at Described on Wikipedia...

A silversmith is a craftsman who crafts objects from silver. The terms "silversmith" and "goldsmith" are not exactly synonyms as the techniques, training, history, and guilds are or were largely the same but the end product may vary greatly as may the scale of objects created. However most goldsmiths have always also worked in silver although the reverse may not be the case.

Silversmithing is the art of turning silver sheetmetal into hollowware (dishes, bowls, porringers, cups, candlesticks, vases, ewers, urns, etc.), flatware (silverware), and other articles of household silver, church plate or sculpture. It may also include the making of jewellery.

In the ancient Near East the value of silver to gold being less, allowed a silversmith to produce objects and store these as stock. Ogden states that according to anedict written by Diocletian in 301 A.D., a silversmith was able to charge, 75, 100, 150, 200, 250, or 300 denarii for material produce (per Roman pound). At that time, guilds of silversmiths formed to arbitrate disputes, protect its members welfare and educate the public of the trade.

Silversmiths in medieval Europe and England formed guilds and transmitted their tools and techniques to new generations via the apprentice tradition. Silverworking guilds often maintained consistency and upheld standards at the expense of innovation. Beginning in the 17th century, artisans emigrated to America and experienced fewer restrictions. As a result, silverworking was one of the trades that helped to inaugurate the shift to industrialization in America.

In Ethiopia the trade of silversmith was practised by the Jews of Ethiopia, otherwise known as the Falasha Clan. The activity was considered (by whom?) to be inferior to others, as reliant on manual skills.

 


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posted on december 04, 2014

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