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Description - A Silversmith's Manual by Bernard Cuzner

A Silversmith's Manual has been reprinted yet again in response to public demand. The author, Bernard Cuzner, was a leading authority on working in silver - not only as a craftsman, but also as a practised lecturer and teacher. In addition, the work includes a chapter with twenty-four designs by Anthony Elson DesRCA, one of the foremost designers of silverware. This is a practical, comprehensive guide that will appeal to anyone who works with silver, from student and specialist craftsmen, to designers, salesmen and collectors. Cuzner teaches the theory and application of silversmithing through a series of exercises. The creation of bowls, boxes, beakers and basins is covered, as are the decorative techniques of applied wire, chasing and piercing. Throughout the course of the book the student will come to understand the principles and problems of good design as well as the pros and cons of machine work. This is an important book which has been a source of inspiration to many generations of silversmiths. Packed with many modern designs of numerous styles, for all types of domestic silverware, no amateur or student silversmith should be without a copy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780719800627
ISBN-10: 0719800625
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: NAG Press
Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Nov-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Bernard Cuzner

'Mr Bernard Cuzner is perhaps the best known designer-craftsman of the generation which produced Harold Stabler, H.G. Murphy, Omar Ramsden, R.M.Y. Gleadowe and others who are now gone. He has inspired in his teaching and by the standard of quality of all the work he has ever produced, many younger men whose names are now becoming well known.' (From the Foreword to the 1948 edition by G.R. Hughes, Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths). Bernard Cuzner died in 1956. Anthony Elson trained first at Brighton College of Art and then at the Royal College of Art, London in 1963, where he was awarded the Silver Medal for geometrical decoration. He is now one of the foremost designers of silverware in Great Britain and specializes in holloware. He has executed commissions for many of the Livery Companies and created the silver for the Council Rooms of the new London Stock Exchange. Abroad he has produced work for America, Canada, Europe, Nepal and the Middle East. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and a designer of the Royal College of Art.