CORK SILVER STRAWBERRY DISH
Updated: Feb 27, 2020
From: William Clarke - 1724
To: William Egan & Sons- 1922
To: Sean Carroll & Sons- present day
“It's not for strawberry's as such , it's just the name.”
This dish has been handmade in Cork for the bones of 300 years.
Today we produce the dish in fifteen different sizes ranging from 3 inches to 17 inches in diameter. We also produce them in different gauges i.e thickness so price can adjusted to suit budgets.
The techniques are exactly the same , unaffected by technology . They can be hand raised and chased ( repose work) or hand spun on a spinning lathe using lignum vitae wood-chucks i.e formers. After initial shape is achieved they are stamped with makers mark ( C E C in my case) and sent for hallmarking to the Assay Office in Dublin Castle, where they are tested and upon passing 925 standard for sterling silver they are marked with full Irish hallmarks.
On return the dish is then chaised i.e repose work using hammer and chisel and the top edge is hand-pierced i.e using hand saw frame and hand filed. They are then highly polished in our workshop, boxed and ready for presentation.
Keeping Cork-silver and it's traditions alive in 2020.