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TITLE
John Fraser, Inverness silversmith (5 of 39)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_SILVERSMITH_05
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
PERIOD
1970s
CREATOR
John Fraser
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2222
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 how, as an apprentice, much of your time was spent doing menial tasks. The photograph, courtesy of Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (IMAG), is of one of John Fraser's pieces - a Clan Fraser badge with the motto, 'Je Suis Prest' (I Am Ready).

'A lot of that apprenticeship, mind you, at the same time, was wasted too, in the sense that you had to scrub the place out. You had to scrub everything out. You had to brush the walls down and all that. You did all the menial tasks, all the dirty work. You did all the messages, you did all the postings. All the counter cases had to cleaned, every day. The windows had to be cleaned four times a week. You had to wash the vestibule out, you had to mop out the whole of the front, every morning, and then you had to polish it with polish. You'd do the metal fittings as well, on the windows. You know, when you think on it, your actual time spent in serving your time, or your apprenticeship real, at the engraving bench, or at the jewellery bench, whatever bench you were going to work at, was quite short. It was the shortest part of the day, you know, which was really fantastic in a sense'

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John Fraser, Inverness silversmith (5 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 how, as an apprentice, much of your time was spent doing menial tasks. The photograph, courtesy of Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (IMAG), is of one of John Fraser's pieces - a Clan Fraser badge with the motto, 'Je Suis Prest' (I Am Ready).<br /> <br /> 'A lot of that apprenticeship, mind you, at the same time, was wasted too, in the sense that you had to scrub the place out. You had to scrub everything out. You had to brush the walls down and all that. You did all the menial tasks, all the dirty work. You did all the messages, you did all the postings. All the counter cases had to cleaned, every day. The windows had to be cleaned four times a week. You had to wash the vestibule out, you had to mop out the whole of the front, every morning, and then you had to polish it with polish. You'd do the metal fittings as well, on the windows. You know, when you think on it, your actual time spent in serving your time, or your apprenticeship real, at the engraving bench, or at the jewellery bench, whatever bench you were going to work at, was quite short. It was the shortest part of the day, you know, which was really fantastic in a sense'