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Sailor turns silversmith, inspired by voyages of the heart and milestones worth celebrating!

Welcome aboard! I'm Victoria, the founder of The English Shipmate.

I make each item from scratch in my studio near Bath - a labour of love. It's a privilege to create something for others to share with the people they love; that'll last forever with a lick of polish.

After all, life is about the crew you sail with; our voyages of the heart.

We are delighted to have been commissioned by the RNLI.

We carefully source as many materials as possible from the British Isles. All our silver and copper comes from CooksonGold, based in Birmingham's jewellery quarter and hallmarked, where appropriate, by the Birmingham Assay Office.

Our story
Before a life of bashing metal, I worked as a national magazine journalist, a typography and literature lecturer and creative for leading design agencies for household brands.

For years, my man and I sailed a friend's amazing old Yawl on blustery Solent days and fell in love with the sea. The arrival of our own little shipmate, meant a change of course.

Now it's a life of making things that matter between people; between the school run and tea with my old mum. I've always loved Copper, I used to polish my gran's collection of copper pans. Now I specialise in 7th anniversary gifts made out of copper, often personalised copper keyrings that reflect the recipient's personality, to the coordinates of the first kiss.

Given we are nearing the 25th anniversary mark ourselves, I really feel privileged to make items for 25th wedding anniversary gifts. 

Many designs are inspired by making thisngs for those I love, those I know and to say 'thank you'. The Liberty of London fabric wrap bracelets were born out of a love of the fabric design and quality, and of having something that was a funky way to say thanks for my son's many teachers. 

Thank you for coming aboard - I hope to make something from my hand to yours.
 
Victoria :-)