Along with our sister shop, The Silver Vault of Charleston, The Brass & Silver Workshop, located at 758 St. Andrews Boulevard, in West Ashley, has been offering its skills in metal restoration and conservation for over four decades. Operating under the guidance of Master Silversmith Alfred L. Crabtree, Jr., we present a spectrum of services on antique as well as contemporary pieces, including:
- Dent removal
- Fabrication of parts, such as handles, lids, finials, feet, fretwork, etc.
- Insulator, finial, and handle restoration
- Lamp and lighting restoration
- Monogram removal
- Fine hand polishing and finishing
- Precision machine polishing and finishing
Restoration and conservation services are available in all metals, including but not limited to brass, silver, copper, paktong, aluminum, silverplate, and Old Sheffield Plate. Each item brought into our shop undergoes a careful inspection, and all work entails using time-honored techniques and authentic tools. Whether a 7 gallon punchbowl from the USS South Carolina or a loved family heirloom, all items are addressed with the utmost care and precision.
Mr. Crabtree remains widely regarded as one of the leading silversmiths in the country. Entering the business with over a decade of experience in chemical research, he pursued his passion for metallurgy full-time, with the birth of The Brass Workshop in the fall of 1968. Mr. Crabtree's reputation expanded as his skills became even more honed and diversified.
Mr. Crabtree has been featured in the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) journal and recognized in the magazine Antiques. Twice Mr. Crabtree served as a master for apprentices enrolled at De Valschool, the Netherlands.
Mr. Crabtree's work may be viewed at The Charleston Museum, The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, The South Carolina Governor's Mansion, The Florida Governor's Mansion, The Charleston Governor's Mansion, The Jacksonville Museum, The Flagler Museum, The South Carolina State Museum, The United States Air Force and Navy, and many of the major churches around the Southeast.
Estimates and evaluations remain an integral part of business at The Brass & Silver Workshop. With regard to client choice, merchandise may be mailed or hand delivered to the West Ashley location. Shop hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM and by appointment. Relationships are of the utmost importance, therefore, client discretion is always observed.
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