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[4Sale] Antique chasing punches


#1

Hello metalsmiths!

I have access to approximately 700 chasing punches that were used at
the turn of the century at Pairpoint Silver Manufacturing Company. I
need only the liners, crescents, and planishers - about 1/3 of the
set. The rest are ornamental. You could possibly sell them
individually for a nice profit. I’m not interested in selling them
myself.

Please contact me if you’re interested and I’ll send images.

Jeff Herman
Hermansilver.com


#2

Hi Jeff,

This may be totally out of our league, but I teach a beginners
silver smithing class at our Club and I’m wondering if we could
incorporate these into the class somehow. I would be interested in
seeing what you have and what you would be asking for them.

Thanks for your time
Gerry Koshman


#3

Hi Gerry,

Beginners would love to see the immediate results that punches like
Geff has for sale.

But they would like that more if they made the punches themselves
like I did many yrs ago. I was asked to put some wording inside a
bracelet and found some letter punches, victorian Times old roman,
lovely with serifs around 1/8 in high. Then thought id like to add
some designs as well as my makers marks, year, etc. So got lots of
old center punches and chisels about 4 to 6in long, picked them up
for pennies at boot sales, anneal, file the designs, heat and harden
after, and away youd go.

Designs like a moon, a fish, a sun, an ankh, wavy line for water, and
so on. Ive some 50 or so different designs so I could make up
pictograms to reflect a persons hobby, like fishing, or motor sport
etc. Sold hundres of them inc all metals done this way. The 1/2in
wide by 1/4 in thick metal ones will take deep incising 1/16th in!
look great. In copper, then fill with pure tin melted in and filed
off level for 2 colour result.

If in your class each one did a different design then thed be able
to share them! how many students?

What do you think?
Ted.

Dorset in
UK


#4

Hi Ted,

Thank you for your suggestions, I only have 4 students at a time
because of space limitations, but it is nice to be able to give them
one on one attention. I don’t have any experience in chasing as I am
self taught and would have to practice myself.

We only have 4 sessions for our course and just cover the very
basics. I would like to give your idea some thought and maybe do it
as a workshop.

Thanks again for the tip
Gerry