Posted 1 year ago
This is the second installment of the salvaged copper plates containing Birmingham Silversmiths work samples or test pieces. The following link is to the first CW installment:
This copper plate was found in the bowels of an old Silversmiths' workshop in the Jewellery Quarter, in Birmingham. It was found when the blocked off subterranean stairs and corridor leading to a derelict workshop were being cleared.
It was discovered in a damp and rusted trunk along with other discarded bits of detritus, furniture and unidentified wreckage (hopefully more posts to follow!), all blocking access to the sealed up workshop door. It only escaped the tip because the owner of the premises thought it might be a silver plate under all the grime. He is a member of the family that has been the buildings' custodians for best part of 150 years; he kindly gave us the previous plates (as posted) and subsequent to our CW post; said we were quite welcome to this plate as well! He had partially cleaned the plate but stopped when it was obviously not silver, I have finished the cleaning process, but it took some real "elbow grease" to get it to shine!
This Royal Cypher or crest of Edward VII is obviously engraved by a skilled artisan, and my question, as before, remain; why would the Silversmith do it on copper?
I am now fairly sure the previously posted engraved plates from inside the workshop are by different hands and that the corridor leading to the workshop now gives up another engraver's piece. It is a bit like the layers of time being "peeled" back bit at a time, with interesting pieces contained in each layer!
Much help and insight from ROBinHawaii & miKKoChristmas11 (below) has been appreciated on this, and the previous mystery finds, from the world famous but gradually vanishing historic Jewellery Quarter in the English Midlands.
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