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TITLE
John Fraser, Inverness silversmith (13 of 39)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_SILVERSMITH_13
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
PERIOD
1970s
CREATOR
John Fraser
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2233
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 jewellers' preference for hand-drawn silver wire. The photograph, courtesy of Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (IMAG), is of one of John Fraser's pieces - a Clan Hannah badge with the motto, 'Per Laborem Ad Alta'

'There was a tremendous amount of things that you could do with wire and that was the reason, I think, why a lot of them preferred to draw it themselves. And the peculiar thing is that a lot of them - even when I went into the trade - were still drawing it and yet, it was possible to order it in the shape that you were drawing it in. It seems senseless that you were put down to the draw bench, perhaps in a morning, to draw wire until perhaps four o'clock in the afternoon, which was very hard work, and at the same time, all they had to do was write a chit out, send it off and get that piece of wire to the shape and thickness of what they wanted. But no, they seemed to sort of take a long time - Things die hard and they were in the same pattern, they held on to the last minutes'

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John Fraser, Inverness silversmith (13 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 jewellers' preference for hand-drawn silver wire. The photograph, courtesy of Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (IMAG), is of one of John Fraser's pieces - a Clan Hannah badge with the motto, 'Per Laborem Ad Alta'<br /> <br /> 'There was a tremendous amount of things that you could do with wire and that was the reason, I think, why a lot of them preferred to draw it themselves. And the peculiar thing is that a lot of them - even when I went into the trade - were still drawing it and yet, it was possible to order it in the shape that you were drawing it in. It seems senseless that you were put down to the draw bench, perhaps in a morning, to draw wire until perhaps four o'clock in the afternoon, which was very hard work, and at the same time, all they had to do was write a chit out, send it off and get that piece of wire to the shape and thickness of what they wanted. But no, they seemed to sort of take a long time - Things die hard and they were in the same pattern, they held on to the last minutes'