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TITLE
John Fraser, Inverness silversmith (15 of 39)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_SILVERSMITH_15
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
PERIOD
1970s
CREATOR
John Fraser
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2236
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 economic advantages of hand-drawing silver wire. The photograph, courtesy of Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (IMAG), is of one of John Fraser's pieces - a gold paperknife.

'Another thing you would do is you would cut a piece of wire off at a certain gauge and you'd say, well, we can use that for such and such. And you would gradually use up your wire for all the different thicknesses that you required until you were finished with a, perhaps a short piece, two feet piece of wire and you'd take that right down and you might only use that for very tiny jump rings, about two and a half millimetre, you know. And you'd do the same thing for any pattern of wire, in the plain wire'

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John Fraser, Inverness silversmith (15 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 economic advantages of hand-drawing silver wire. The photograph, courtesy of Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (IMAG), is of one of John Fraser's pieces - a gold paperknife.<br /> <br /> 'Another thing you would do is you would cut a piece of wire off at a certain gauge and you'd say, well, we can use that for such and such. And you would gradually use up your wire for all the different thicknesses that you required until you were finished with a, perhaps a short piece, two feet piece of wire and you'd take that right down and you might only use that for very tiny jump rings, about two and a half millimetre, you know. And you'd do the same thing for any pattern of wire, in the plain wire'