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The making of the finial for the silver sugar bowl by the Cape Silversmith Daniel Heinrich Schmidt Don Sheasby Silversmith/Restorer Cape Town.

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1 The making of the finial for the silver sugar bowl by the Cape Silversmith Daniel Heinrich Schmidt Don Sheasby Silversmith/Restorer Cape Town

2 Melting silver prior to casting ingots

3 The cast ingots

4 Rolling an ingot

5 Illustrating how rolling lengthens the ingot

6 Drawing the shaft wire

7 Cutting the shaft thread

8 Cutting threads in the nuts-to-be

9 Hallmarking the nut

10 Marking out the nut

11 Punching the ‘925’

12 The nut partially cut

13 The leaves scribed out on the rolled strip

14 Punching the leaf ‘spine’

15 Engraving the ‘Florentinig’ on the leaves

16 The two different leaf forms

17 The punch for the melon

18 Trial punchings of the melon in copper

19 The nut complete – the curve an exact match to the inner surface of the lid

20 The Hallmarked side

21 Shaft, nut for melon base and melon

22 Soldering the melon to the threaded block

23 The block trimmed

24 Hallmarking the block

25 Leaves – First trimming

26 Leaves – Second trimming

27 Inner leaves soldered to the threaded shaft and shaped to the melon

28 Shaping the outer leaves

29 Laying out the leaves prior to binding

30 Leaves bound prior to soldering to inner leaves

31 Top view

32 Outer leaves soldered – prior to trimming

33 Checking finial height dimensions and proportions

34 The patinated leaf assembly and gilded melon

35 Hallmarks on the melon

36 Hallmarks on the leaf assembly

37 Complete

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39 Brass key for finial nut

40 Key in use - showing how the slot limits tightening to exactly the correct pressure

41 Before After

42 Don Sheasby Silversmith,, Restorer Consultant to the Military History Museum,, Cape Town Phone : Cell : The making of the finial for the silver sugar bowl by the Cape Silversmith Daniel Heinrich Schmidt


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