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Private Commissions

     A gentleman from the Middle East wanted a life sized football made in silver within 48 hours for his son's birthday. Langfords' silversmiths worked through the night to get the piece ready on time. The customer was delighted. And when handing over the piece Joel asked "How old is your son today?" the man said, "today - he is going to be born today!"

Over the years, we have been commissioned to make some spectacular unique pieces of silver for individuals. We will be delighted to help you to create your unique piece of silver.

    
   

TRAFALGAR CHESS SET

This fine chess set was created by Langfords in collaboration with Diarmuid Byron-O'Connor whose most prominent sculpture is the one of Peter Pan that stands outside Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The chess pieces are represented by the English on one side, led by Lord Admiral Nelson and cast in silver.  The French on the other side, led by Villeneuve, the naval officer in charge of the French fleet, are cast in silver and then gilded.  Each piece is individually sculpted with excellent detail showing their individual uniforms.  The other 'characters' in the set are also beautifully crafted.

The squares of the chess board are made from certified oak and mahogany taken from the original HMS Victory - on which Nelson served - when the ship was refitted in 1905.  The copper corners on the board are also authentic and are from the copper plating on the original ship's hull.

   

 

ROSEWOOD PAINT BOX

  

Created on request by a company as a retirement gift for an employee, Langfords designed and created this custom made rosewood paint box with silver corners and inlaid presentation plaque supplied with the finest Michael Harding oil paints and palette.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MKII VICKERS MACHINE GUN

  

A customer acquired a de-commissioned MKII Vickers machine gun and Joel Langford gave him the idea of chrome plating it in order to create a dramatic piece of art.  Little did Joel appreciate quite how demanding the job would be and if his idea was to work at all, he had to be sure to find someone who would know how to put the weapon back together again once each and every piece had been plated. The weapon was broken down into its component parts, removing any corrosion and pitting.  Holes and marks were then filed and filled by hand, brass sections were polished and the missing wooden handles recreated using hardwood.  Since the gun is made from both iron and steel, all the metal parts were first copper plated to give a uniform finish and then chrome plated and polished. Tolerances had to be carefully monitored so that the gun could be re-assembled and this was done by initially polishing down the parts before plating took place. The entire job took months to accomplish but the final result delighted everybody concerned.  It was certainly a talking point when it was standing in the shop.

 

 

 

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JACK RUSSELL STIRRUP CUP
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