Some years ago we had a range of Art Deco style Sterling Silver vases in our collection. When we introduced the contemporary appetite collection I discontinued these along with many other reproduction items.
I had a rethink recently and realised we had a lack of all silver vases in the current offering and so decided to ressurect this range as soon as I had a couple of hours spare. This was Thursday 13 March 2014. I decided that the middle size in the range, the 6 inch, would be the prototype for photography. How nice it looked!
I took it along to our local florist – The little flower shop- (near Brentwood station) and asked her advice on the best floral arrangement for displaying them. She recommended two roses. The plan is to collect these on the morning the photography is booked so they will be at their freshest.
These vases are quite simple and relatively quick to make being made of just three silver components. The centre part is an arc shape cut from a silver sheet and bent around a tapered mandril to form a cone. Sort iron wire is wound around the taper to pull the straight cut edges tightly together.
Flux is then addd to the joint and the cone is heated up to red hot and allowed to cool. After cooling the wires are removed, the taper reheated to red and silver solder applied to the joint. After a further cooling the taper is pickled in hot dilute sulphuric acid, rinsed and dried. The solder seam is then inspected and filed smooth.
Next comes the spinning process. The cone (still not perfectly round) is pushed onto a tapered spindal on the lathe and planished until perfectly round. The top and bottom edges are both trimed true and to height.
The top and bottom spinnings are the next to be spun, there are about four operations in each of these units. They are then soldered on to the top and bottom of the cone. Silversmithing now complete.
Next off to the London Assay Office where all three components are tested and the hallmark applied providing the tests prove positive.
The vase is then returned to the workshop where it is polished using three grades of compound until perfect and bright.
Lastly it is ultrasonically cleaned and packed into its presentation box ready for dispatch.
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