Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Eton College Collections and some associated donors, the college has been able to commission a pair of candlesticks and a chalice and paten for College Chapel. The silversmiths working on this commission, Rod Kelly and Miriam Hanid, have shared with us some photographs of their progress.
The design for the chasing and engraving on the Lily Chalice
Wooden model of the chalice being turned on a lathe.
Miriam’s design for the Lily paten seen from above
The silver chalice in its initial form – its machined, spun state. The machined silver chalice will be smoothed and polished before the chased pattern is added.
The design for the Lily paten in cross-section with the chalice
After chasing and engraving the lilies on the chalice, Miriam will finish the piece in a satin brushed finish. The interior of the bowl will be gilded in lemon gold.
Maquette for the chalice by Miriam Hanid.
Model for the Altar Candlesticks with four half round silver tubes as part of the construction of the knop.
Rod Kelly establishing the height of the candlestick. The wooden shaft will eventually be made in English Walnut but at this stage it is made in pine as part of the model.
Rod Kelly scoring the silver with a sharpened cutter. The silver can then be folded along the score to produce the right profile.
Two candlesticks in the window of the workshop that overlooks the sea.
Two models with the hand-made silver sections in place. Each side has been cut, shaped by hand, and then soldered together to produce the final shape.
Rod Kelly offering up the silver knop section to the second candlestick.
Rod Kelly with the first viewing of the silver sections in place.