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TITLE
John Fraser, Inverness silversmith (3 of 39)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_SILVERSMITH_03
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
PERIOD
1970s
CREATOR
John Fraser
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2219
KEYWORDS
jewellery
jewelry
craftsman
craftsmen
metalwork
silversmiths
audio

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John Fraser, an Inverness silversmith, served his apprenticeship in the 1930s with Medlock and Craik, watchmakers and jewellers at 6 Bridge Street, Inverness. The firm later had premises in Exchange Place, and Queensgate.

In this audio extract from the 1970s, Mr Fraser recalls the sacrifices he had to make for his trade. The photograph, courtesy of Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (IMAG), is of one of John Fraser's pieces - a gold paperknife.

'I showed an aptitude for filing and things like that, you know? I'd a very good eye and a very strong, very firm, pair of hands. Of course, I was doing weight lifting at that time. I was playing shinty. I was playing for the Second Inverness and I had to pack that in. Oh aye. No more shinty. 'Cos he was afraid I would get my hands damaged so I had to give that up and I was very, very keen. And it nearly broke my heart to give that up. I mean, I looked forward to that every night in the summer: I was up the Bught Park and I had to give it up. It was terrible, terrible blow. But he just read the ultimatum out to me, he just said 'Well it's like this John, if you're going to keep the shinty up' he says 'you'll have to find another job and I can't afford to take the risk'

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John Fraser, Inverness silversmith (3 of 39)

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1970s

jewellery; jewelry; craftsman; craftsmen; metalwork; silversmiths; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: John Fraser, Silversmith

John Fraser, an Inverness silversmith, served his apprenticeship in the 1930s with Medlock and Craik, watchmakers and jewellers at 6 Bridge Street, Inverness. The firm later had premises in Exchange Place, and Queensgate. <br /> <br /> In this audio extract from the 1970s, Mr Fraser recalls the sacrifices he had to make for his trade. The photograph, courtesy of Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (IMAG), is of one of John Fraser's pieces - a gold paperknife.<br /> <br /> 'I showed an aptitude for filing and things like that, you know? I'd a very good eye and a very strong, very firm, pair of hands. Of course, I was doing weight lifting at that time. I was playing shinty. I was playing for the Second Inverness and I had to pack that in. Oh aye. No more shinty. 'Cos he was afraid I would get my hands damaged so I had to give that up and I was very, very keen. And it nearly broke my heart to give that up. I mean, I looked forward to that every night in the summer: I was up the Bught Park and I had to give it up. It was terrible, terrible blow. But he just read the ultimatum out to me, he just said 'Well it's like this John, if you're going to keep the shinty up' he says 'you'll have to find another job and I can't afford to take the risk'