We always enjoy working with our trade clients on their bespoke silver commissions. The majority of our trade clients tend to be located in the UK, so it was a nice challenge to work with a company located on the other side of the world.
As mentioned on an earlier blog post, last year we worked with The Village Goldsmith, located in Wellington, New Zealand on the creation of a full sized replica of two trophies that were originally presented by Lord Bledisloe, the Governor-General of New Zealand. The first being presented in 1933 and the second in 1955.
We worked closely with their craftsman Dan who supplied wax patterns of all the intricate pieces, such as the handles and finial. As well as supplying all the dimensions and photos. We were also sent rubbings of all the hand engraving so we could get to work creating this piece in our Kent workshop. A video of the trophy's arrival in New Zealand, can be seen below (used with kind permission of The Village Goldsmith).
It was really satisfying to watch the trophy we made in Kent get unpacked in New Zealand and see it was a perfect match!
More information regarding the project can also be found on their website here