Hello, I'm Victoria Indigo Harwood and I founded The English Shipmate in 2013; making personalised accessories from my tiny studio near Bath.
The lovely boat sadly isn't mine, but belongs to an old friend. Something about life's voyage and the crew we all sail with has inspired the designs of the last few years. The magical time we spent sailing has left its mark.
Since launching on notonthehighstreet.com in 2013, I've made items for footmen at Buckingham Palace to the odd celebrity. But it's the everyday wonder of stamping 'I love you' which I never tire of. It's making things that matter between people for all those moments that define us.
It feels right to fashion a raw bit of metal into something beautiful that's a very personal gift between people, for those just arriving and sometimes for those departing too, and all those moments in between.
I particuarly enjoy making 25th wedding anniversary items. My first mate and I are about to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary, so it means a great deal when entrusted to make such important keepsakes.
Bashed fingers, Gin and the school run
And in the midst of all the bashing and polishing, wrapping and packing there's the whirlwind of family life.
There's an eye on supporting British business and keeping packaging as green I can; our smart white eco gift boxes are from an old Norfolk firm. Supplies of copper and silver are from Birmingham's jewellery quarter and my maker's mark has been issued from The Birmingham Assay Office, whose mark is an anchor! We are especially proud to have been commissioned by the RNLI.
Thank you for coming aboard - I hope to make something from my hand to yours.
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.
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* All The English Shipmate's items are posted via First Class Business post for mainland UK orders, unless you select express, tracked services.
'BY' DATES ARE ESTIMATED
Just to say that these date shown on the product pages is actually estimated and 'by' does NOT mean the day before the date shown.
You'll notice through the reviews and customer comments that The English Shipmate's products go out in a shipshape and timely fashion.
**ORDERING AT PEEK TIMES**
To avoid disappointment, please order as soon as you can – as an artisan silversmith I can only make so many orders during the Christmas/Father's Day/ Mother's Day etc period without the help of Elves or other magical hard-working creatures.
Please note that courier and postal services may be affected by inclement weather - it's hugely important to me that the items I make for you reach you in time, if there's any reason to suspect delays, I will contact you.
With best wishes,
Victoria Harwood at The English Shipmate
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