30 cm long
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
The fork combines geometric form with a highly polished finish to enhance its stiletto appearance. The fork rest is incorporated into the handle and denotes the change of direction and also forms the function of a guard. The silver used in this particular piece is of a germanium alloy which is a relatively new invention which does not fire stain during annealing or soldering and reduces the natural oxidising of silver. The Millennium Canteen was commissioned as part of 700 Years of Sheffield Cutlery celebrations, and is dedicated to Robert The Cutler. This unique collection of cutlery was presented to the City of Sheffield by the Master Cutler, Mr Paul Tear, on November 22nd 1997 at the City Museum, Western Bank, Sheffield. The Millennium Canteen was commissioned by Sheffield City Council and the Association of British Designer Silversmiths. The project was generously supported by The Sheffield Assay Office, Thessco Limited and The National Lottery through the Arts Council of England. The project was conceived by Paul Swales, Public Art Officer for Sheffield City Council. "The commission was designed to promote excellence in design and production, and to give makers an opportunity for experiment and innovation. The ABDS makers rose to this challenge to create work that will stand as exemplars for future generations and demonstrate the creative and technical skill in silverware at the end of the 20th century." 18/03/98 - Paul Swales, Public Art Officer, Sheffield City Council. Howard Fenn, Chairman, Association of British Designer Silversmiths. The Canteen is on display in the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield.
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Alan Booth / Pete Fisher
Silversmith and designer.
Association of British Designer Silversmiths
Cutlery -- England -- Sheffield
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