Hand Engraved Sterling Pillbox - Holding Place

Materials: Sterling Silver / Spring Steel
Dimensions: 51 x 38 x 13 mm

I made this probably at least 25 years ago…The spring-loaded hinge and catch mechanisms were copied from the same design used in many japanese silver cigarette cases made after WWII. The top pops fully open quite smartly when the button is depressed due to a torqued two-part spring-steel rivet concealed in the hinge. Anyway…it’s made from 24Ga. sterling sheet and tool-steel springs.Hand engraved with traditional carbon-steel push gravers.

Photo credit: Scott Schreiber

Scott Schreiber
Scott Schreiber Jewelry Design
Tracy, CA. USA

I’m 54, self-employed as a goldsmith…a one-man shop. I started when I was 15 at a local “mom & pop” jewelry store where I worked for 11 years. Now I work from my home studio. I take my inspiration from the work of past masters… trying to emulate them and their dedication to fine craftsmanship. For designs?..where else but nature and my own inexplicable mind.

These containers and vessels definitely hold their place in the world of stunning art objects as well as in the world of metalsmithing.

Since the dawn of time humans have created containers to hold things that were important to them, from large vessels to hold food and harvests to intimate containers for small precious things. They might hold memories, ashes, medicine, beverage, fruit or food - but all spring from the imagination and skill of the maker. Some have specific religious functions, some are meant for everyday use. When one thinks of a vessel or container the inclination is to think of something with solid walls - yet many of these works involve the exploration of positive and negative space, and the use of negative space to help create the illusion of the wall of the vessel.

As the world’s largest jewelry related internet site, Ganoksin strives to develop exhibitions showcasing work from around the world. This exhibition was open to all metalsmiths, professional and amateur, advanced and beginner. Participants are from The Netherlands, the USA, Canada, Australia, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Colombia, Romania, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia and Denmark. While most of the pieces are by an individual metalsmith, some are collaborations, one of three artists spanning 50 years.

In total 319 artists contributed 729 show pieces for the permanent online exhibition.

Objects in the exhibition include boxes, lockets, urns, ash containers, bowls, wine cups, reliquaries, match holders, vases, teapots, pitchers, sugar bowls, baskets, nests, pillboxes, clutches and a range of sculptural forms. A variety of techniques are showcased covering a wide range of metalsmithing techniques. Materials used include everything from gold and silver to less expensive metals. Ornamentation includes the addition of enamel, chasing and repousse’, gemstones and found objects.

The exhibition was curated by Beth Wicker, President of the North Carolina Society of Goldsmiths in the United States, and Adjunct Instructor at Northeastern Technical College in South Carolina. Director of the exhibition is Hanuman Aspler, founder of The Ganoksin Project, the world’s largest internet jewelry site.