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.
I also work from home to support my little deckhand, who has Asperger's syndrome (ASD in new clinical jargon).
So every time you support my shop, you're helping us keep a steady course as we navigate neurodiversity in all its splendour.
So thank you - we like the cut of your jib!
Victoria & the crew xxxx
The RLNI and a very personal service
You probably want to know where my supplies of copper, silver and Argentium silver are from - Birmingham's jewellery quarter - I try to keep it green and British where I can. 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.
There are larger companies that claim 'handmade' when all they do is 'finishing' in the UK, where items have been produced on a huge scale. You won't find any of that funny business here - probably why the hundreds of excellent independent reviews I've had all mention the personal service and the quality of the work. It's humbling to be tasked with producing something that will be treasured - for the important landmarks in life.
Thank you for taking the time to read this x
Happy New Year and thank you for supporting my small creative business.
Just to say that sale orders will be made and delivered from the 8th Jan.
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 where available.
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 peek sales for Valentine's Day/ Mother's Day/ Father's Day.
I have tried to source help from Elves and other magical, hard-working creatures to no avail, given a big fella in a red suit seems to have cornered the market here. Often the bench closes and I have loads of emails asking if I can make designs at short-notice, so it has to be first come, first made for!
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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