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vathek

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As shown in the photo of a coin Gorham mug the chaser made use of two different surface textures, the standard smooth finish, and one that looks 'stippled'. I'm curious as to what the term for the textured surface is and how it's done. It looks labor intensive.

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The silversmith often has a variety if matting tools at his disposal when doing chasing or repousse work. There was a time when these tools were readily available at the supply stores. Most of the commercially made tools were in geometric patters such as a honeycomb style. Today's craftsman has to find old tools or make his own. The tool steel has to be annealed before it can be carved, cut or stamped with the negative of the design the silversmith desires. After shaping he will need to harden and then temper the tool for use. The tools often had to be made in different sizes and shapes to conform to the areas he was matting. A teardrop outline was popular because it allowed you to reach narrow areas and still matt those expansive areas. The tool is usually held just above the surface of the metal being textured and a chasing hammer is used to force the tool to the surface and rebound for the next blow. The action is rather fast and a great deal of surface can be covered in this manner.

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