our story

from the birth of the guild of handicraft, through four generations and more than a century of craftsmanship

In 1902 when C.R. Ashbee brought the Guild of Handicraft to Chipping Campden, amongst the Guildsmen was George Hart, born in 1882. George considered himself a countryman and was delighted to be setting up his workshop in the Cotswolds. As the craftsmen went their separate ways in 1908, the Guild was continued by George and three other partners, as he established his silversmith business in an old silk mill in Sheep Street. It is George’s grandson David who runs the business today, alongside the fourth generation; his son William and nephew Julian, to whom David has passed down his skills in the true tradition of the Guild. Also working with the Harts is Derek Elliott, who as an apprentice to David became a Freeman of the Goldsmiths Company in the classic way in 1987 and has worked for the company since leaving school. A lot more information, including the design archive, videos and oral history, can be found at the Hart Silversmith Trust website.

Three generations: George Hart with his son Henry and grandson David (seated) in 1959

David Hart

David Hart

designer and silversmith

Derek Elliott

Derek Elliott

Designer and silversmith

Julian Hart

Julian Hart

Designer and silversmith

copyright David Morris

William Hart

designer and silversmith

profile photographs copyright David Morris