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TITLE
John Fraser, Inverness silversmith (18 of 39)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_SILVERSMITH_18
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
PERIOD
1970s
CREATOR
John Fraser
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2240
KEYWORDS
jewellery
jewelry
craftsman
craftsmen
metalwork
silversmiths
soldering
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 some of the tools in the silversmith's workshop. 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).

'You had peg-leg vices which you could put stakes into, you know, if you were wanting to beat anything out. Sometimes if you wanted to repair anything you would have to use a thing like that. You know, if you got a large cup in with dents on the bottom of the bowl well, you had to get into that with a high stake. You could put that on the peg-leg vice and beat it out. You could use it for very often difficult filing jobs where you'd a big job and you'd do a bit of filing round about, and cleaning up and so forth. You also had a lot of, what they call skillets which were actual steel moulds, and they turned out a bar almost like a thin piece of chocolate, you know, perhaps about four inches by two and about a tenth of an inch thick and you used them when you were making solder'

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John Fraser, Inverness silversmith (18 of 39)

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1970s

jewellery; jewelry; craftsman; craftsmen; metalwork; silversmiths; soldering; 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 some of the tools in the silversmith's workshop. 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 /> 'You had peg-leg vices which you could put stakes into, you know, if you were wanting to beat anything out. Sometimes if you wanted to repair anything you would have to use a thing like that. You know, if you got a large cup in with dents on the bottom of the bowl well, you had to get into that with a high stake. You could put that on the peg-leg vice and beat it out. You could use it for very often difficult filing jobs where you'd a big job and you'd do a bit of filing round about, and cleaning up and so forth. You also had a lot of, what they call skillets which were actual steel moulds, and they turned out a bar almost like a thin piece of chocolate, you know, perhaps about four inches by two and about a tenth of an inch thick and you used them when you were making solder'