Since the dawn of civilisation, silver has been associated with prestige, power and wealth. Silver, along with gold and platinum, is considered a precious or noble metal..
Magnificent examples of craftsmanship from as early as 3000 BC prove the versatility and value of silver from a decorative and a functional perspective.
Silver, the most reflective of all metals, has been essential in the evolution of how we “see” ourselves, first in the form of beautiful decorative mirrors made from burnished metal, then in the form of silver coated mirror backs. Silver nitrate was used to capture our image in the first photographs and daguerreotypes, the precursors of modern photography.
The use of silver as currency spread throughout the world and ultimately led to one of the first consumer protection acts in the form of “assay” and “hallmark”. These methods were meant to prevent unscrupulous craftsmen from clipping the edges of silver coins, and to guarantee the purity of the metal.
Even today, silver plays an essential role in our exploration of space. The Hubble telescope has silvered lenses that reflect the furthest reaches of our universe.
Silver is traditionally decorated using the chasing technique. In chasing, the surface is worked from the front using tools that indent and raise the design without removing any silver - resulting in fine detailing, such as the feathers on a life-size swan sculpture.
Wash your Comyns piece in warm soapy water and dry with a soft cloth, or wipe with Comyns’ Silvercare cloth.
With careful use, the article will take on its unique bloom or butler finish, a look that simply gets better with age.
Every Comyns sculpture is individually crafted in bonded porcelain to capture a particular moment, look or expression of an animal or faithfully reproduce an object. The sculpture is then enhanced with a layer of fine silver using sophisticated electro-deposit techniques. Each item goes through twelve different manufacturing processes. The final step is to add a protective sealant to preserve the bright finish.
If engraving is required, it is preferable to engrave onto a separate silver sheet and mount it on a plinth. Laser engraving is not advisable.
To maintain the beauty of the sculpture, an occasional dusting will suffice. Hard cleaning materials including silver polish are not recommended.