workshop now

silversmiths time capsule

Financial Times Weekend, 1994

“Ancient cracked plaster peels away from the walls on the bare oak staircase up to the first floor workshop. Inside bills dating from the early 1940’s hang from the low, beamed ceiling; antiquated tools and price lists from long defunct bullion dealers line the walls, and the only automation in sight is an archaic hand-worked silver rolling machine.

The scene is Hart Silversmiths, in a quiet side street in the Cotswold town of Chipping Campden.

It reminds the visitor of the wedding dress scene from Dickens Great Expectations; it is a time capsule.”

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