Centennial Notes

1876 Scientific American  
Some marvellously beautiful silver work is displayed in the exhibit of the Messrs. Elkington in the British section. The rep01t8Se decorations on the silverV'are were produced entirely by the hammer, the plate being struck on the back until the fi??,ures of the design are sufficiently raised. One false b!ow might ruin the work of months. The English enamels are among the finest exhibited, not excepting the Chinese and Japanese. They were produced in the follow ing manner: The vase or other
more » ... vase or other article is hammered into the required shape. In clo£�oltne (panelled) work, which is by far the most prized, requiring as it goes greater skill and patience on the part of the artist, the patterns are traced very finely on the surface of the metal ; very thin gold, copper, or other wire is then bent by hand with delicately made tweezers exactly into the shapes of the ornaments, birds, figures, fl owers, etc., which are traced on the metal ; the wire thus shaped is then soldered to the dish so as to follow out the design in all its intricacy; this requires the
doi:10.1038/scientificamerican11181876-329 fatcat:xht4t662lrf6ji2mb5zb2vdpem