Hello, welcome aboard The English Shipmate. Founded in 2013 to make personalised accessories from a tiny studio near Bath.
Since launching The English Shipmate 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.
I'm Victoria, a former sailor, turned silversmith (still dreaming of owning a boat of my own). Everything you see here I've thought of, designed, made, photographed and cared about.
There are cheaper items, made in industrial quantities and 'finished' in the UK. You won't find them here as everything is made from scratch. There's an eye on supporting British business and keeping packaging as green I can. Supplies of copper, silver and Argentium silver are from Birmingham's jewellery quarter. 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.
Bashed fingers, Gin and the school run
Peak flow - that thing that happens when you are 100% absorbed in what you're making - that' what I get from silversmithing and sailing. Both you need to pay absolute attention to; the here and now. But the added thrill is making things that matter between people, from my hand to yours. Because that's where the heart is, that's what it's all about and I care passionately about everything I make.
Thank you for coming aboard - I hope to make something for you :-)
Silversmith & Sailor
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.
The English Shipmate takes great pride in our service to customers and if you need an item quickly just let us know.
All The English Shipmate's items are posted via First Class Business post for mainland UK orders, unless you select express, tracked services.
You'll notice through the reviews and customer comments that The English Shipmate's products go out in a shipshape and timely fashion.
'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.
**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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