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Silversmith of Williamsburg

Synopsis
Shows how a silver coffee pot would have been made by the hand-raising method in the period 1760-70. Also shows a mug being raised from the flat. Shows sand casting and polishing techniques. An unusual aspect is the way that the objects are held during hand-raising with the mouth of the vessel towards the silversmith (William de Matteo) on the stake instead of away from him as is normal practice. De Matteo always works in this way and his apprentices have been trained in the same unconventional technique. It is also of interest that the finished coffee pot weighed nearly 60 oz. which is about twice what a good pot of the period would have weighed and which would be quite impractical to use.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film; Video; Film. 16mm. sd. col. 44 min. Videocassette. VHS. col. 44 min.
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of production
1971
Availability
Free loan
Uses
University extra-mural courses leading to a diploma in the visual arts.*
Subjects
Crafts
Keywords
silversmithing

Credits

Director
Gene Bjerke
Contributor
Gene Bjerke
Cast
Fritz Weaver 
Ulin Forman 

Distribution Formats

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Sponsor

Name

Williamsburg

Address
Virginia
USA

Distributor

Name

Goldsmiths’ Hall

Phone
020 7606 7010
Fax
020 7606 1511
Address
Foster Lane
LONDON
EC2V 6BN

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