‘Loading up the wagon’ in Salisbury Cathedral Close, September 2015

Those of our readers who come to visit us at shows throughout the year will know that ‘we get about a bit’. At least once a month we’re on the road, exchanging our leather aprons for white cotton gloves and the noise of the workshop for the buzz of a craft fair.

Our mission takes us all over the country and the variety of landscape, scenery and people which we encounter along the way give us plenty to look forward to at the beginning of each month. This year we have particularly enjoyed a run of shows in the cathedral towns of England.


As the BBC raises the curtain on a new series of Strictly Come Dancing, we’ve been getting in the mood for a packed schedule of shows and exhibitions in the run up to Christmas. We’ve had a busy start to the autumn, with events in Salisbury and Edinburgh already under our belts but there are still shows in Sevenoaks, Winchester and Hereford yet to come! Not to mention the famed Goldsmiths’ Fair in London – always a glitzy affair.

Goldsmiths' Fair, 2014
Goldsmiths’ Fair, 2014

We’ve been polishing up our silverware and preparing our new pieces for their debut appearances – even the candlesticks have been rehearsing their steps.

The Butler Did It

Advertisement for 'Punch' Magazine, 1939
Advertisement for ‘Punch’ Magazine, 1939

‘It’s all to clean…’

With the recent popularity of programmes such as ‘Downton Abbey’ we can’t help noticing the extensive silver services such households would have used at every mealtime – even the afternoon tea was served on a silver tray with a silver teapot and tea spoons. Keeping all of that silver polished and pristine must have been a mammoth task – how did they manage it? The butler did it, of course!