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TITLE
John Fraser, Inverness silversmith (27 of 39)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_SILVERSMITH_27
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
PERIOD
1970s
CREATOR
John Fraser
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2253
KEYWORDS
jewellery
jewelry
craftsman
craftsmen
metalwork
silversmiths
engraving
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 versatility of the engraver. The photograph, courtesy of Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (IMAG), is of John Fraser's silver hallmark

'You see, an engraver in those days would be doing big brass plates for churches so they were really, in a sense - They could do monumental work, which was big work. But, on the other hand, they could also do little tiny inscriptions inside a wedding ring. And if you try to cover the range between monumental work and that, it's a huge range, so that in between that somewhere along the line, with them doing a lot of relief work, which in those days of course was quite deep - if you look at some of the old sporrans and skean dhus and dirks and that, you'll see that some of the pattern work is exceptionally deep - well the skill was there and must have been there'

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John Fraser, Inverness silversmith (27 of 39)

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1970s

jewellery; jewelry; craftsman; craftsmen; metalwork; silversmiths; engraving; 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 versatility of the engraver. The photograph, courtesy of Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (IMAG), is of John Fraser's silver hallmark<br /> <br /> 'You see, an engraver in those days would be doing big brass plates for churches so they were really, in a sense - They could do monumental work, which was big work. But, on the other hand, they could also do little tiny inscriptions inside a wedding ring. And if you try to cover the range between monumental work and that, it's a huge range, so that in between that somewhere along the line, with them doing a lot of relief work, which in those days of course was quite deep - if you look at some of the old sporrans and skean dhus and dirks and that, you'll see that some of the pattern work is exceptionally deep - well the skill was there and must have been there'