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TITLE
John Fraser, Inverness silversmith (10 of 39)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_SILVERSMITH_10
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
PERIOD
1970s
CREATOR
John Fraser
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2229
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 different suppliers of sheet metal to the jewellery trade. The photograph, courtesy of Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (IMAG), is of John Fraser's silver hallmark

'All your sheet silver, and your grain silver for casting, that would all come from Sheffield, from the Sheffield Smelting Company, or from Birmingham, from Johnson Matthey, because these two firms, you know, supply the bulk of the silver, to workshops, established workshops especially in this country, and always have. And then there was probably one or two individual firms outside of these people earlier than the 30s. I should imagine there would have been one or two bullion dealers who would have made up stuff like that. And what you found, in fact, was that the Sheffield Smelting Company about that time or probably earlier than that became a much bigger concern and then Johnson Mattheys of course became a much bigger concern. And then the people who did all the actual cleaning fluids, brushes, mops, motors and all that sort of stuff - Canning of Birmingham - they became a very big firm with branches all over the world, you know? And, I mean Cannings have been making stuff for the jewellery trade, well, I would say, possibly close on two hundred years if not perhaps more'

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John Fraser, Inverness silversmith (10 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 different suppliers of sheet metal to the jewellery trade. The photograph, courtesy of Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (IMAG), is of John Fraser's silver hallmark<br /> <br /> 'All your sheet silver, and your grain silver for casting, that would all come from Sheffield, from the Sheffield Smelting Company, or from Birmingham, from Johnson Matthey, because these two firms, you know, supply the bulk of the silver, to workshops, established workshops especially in this country, and always have. And then there was probably one or two individual firms outside of these people earlier than the 30s. I should imagine there would have been one or two bullion dealers who would have made up stuff like that. And what you found, in fact, was that the Sheffield Smelting Company about that time or probably earlier than that became a much bigger concern and then Johnson Mattheys of course became a much bigger concern. And then the people who did all the actual cleaning fluids, brushes, mops, motors and all that sort of stuff - Canning of Birmingham - they became a very big firm with branches all over the world, you know? And, I mean Cannings have been making stuff for the jewellery trade, well, I would say, possibly close on two hundred years if not perhaps more'