Welcome aboard! I'm Victoria, the founder of The English Shipmate.
Each item is made from scratch in my studio near Bath - a labour of love. It's a privilege to create special gifts that'll last forever with a lick of polish.
After all, life is about the crew you sail with; our voyages of the heart.
We're romantics here, so if you need your item quickly, please contact us via the "Ask seller a question" button. Often the lead time is only 2 to 3 days for UK delivery.
We are delighted to have been commissioned by the RNLI and to continue to have a superb reputation for the quality of the work and our customer service.
Our land crew include:
Dan on copper planishing; Cherry Nana on post and tea duty; small son Kit on big ideas for "What to do next..." and, of course, First Mate Philip.
We carefully source as many materials as possible from the British Isles. All our silver and copper comes from CooksonGold, based in Birmingham's jewellery quarter and hallmarked, where appropriate, by the Birmingham Assay Office.
Before a life of bashing metal, I worked as a national magazine journalist, a typography and literature lecturer and creative for leading design agencies for household brands.
For years, Philip, my husband, and I sailed a friend's amazing old Yawl on blustery Solent days and fell in love with the sea. The arrival of our own little shipmate, meant a change of course.
Now it's a life of making things that matter between people; between the school run and tea with my old mum.
Thank you for coming aboard - I hope to make something from my hand to yours.
Victoria and the Crew x
All text, product design and images © 2013 Victoria Harwood. All rights reserved. All intellectual property rights are and will remain the property of Victoria Harwood trading as The English Shipmate.