Hand-Hammered Silver-Plated Cocktail Stems (LEO Design)

“In the old days” a silversmith never left hammering marks on a piece of wrought silver—it would be considered a crude indicator of poor craftsmanship.  Instead, a metal smith would laboriously hammer-away at the piece, using increasingly smaller hammer “peens,” until a smooth, mirror-like surface remained.  Think of Copley’s portrait of Paul Revere, inspecting his reflection in the flawless surface of newly-crafted teapot.

With the advent of the Arts & Crafts Movement—and the movement away from the old aesthetic strictures—hammer marks became a handsome way to embellish otherwise unadorned metal.  Furthermore, the hammer marks provided a trace of the craftsman’s presence, evidence of a human’s touch.  Rustic, hammered metal surfaces were now desirable as part of piece’s style and design.

The eight cocktail stems pictured above, made in the 1910’s, were first hand-hammered then silver-plated.  They would have been used for mixed drinks poured from a shaker.

Please come into the shop to see them or click on the photo above to learn more about them.