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A Silversmith’s Pudding

By December 19, 2018Uncategorized


Love it or hate it, the Christmas Pudding has been a mainstay of the festive season since Dickens and his Christmas Carol. ‘Oh! The marvelous pudding!’ he exclaims as he describes Christmas Dinner with the Cratchit family. Even Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s ‘Adventure of the Christmas Pudding‘ is in awe of his hosts’ pudding as it ‘reposed in its glory’ on a silver dish with ‘flames of blue and red rising round it’ elliciting ‘a cheer and cries of ‘ooh-ah!’


C.E.Brock’s illustration for Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, 1905

Everyone, from the put-upon Cratchits to the country gentlefolk of Christie’s novels, deserves their ‘figgy pudding’ at this time of year – and that, of course, includes silversmiths. We spend much of our year making spoons and serving vessels and it seems only right that the silversmith in the wintry quiet of his workshop should enjoy using them to help himself to a spot of Christmas cheer.

Watch this year’s Christmas Film to see how a silversmith serves his pudding:

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Workshop Christmas Tree: courtesy of Ann Harris. Silver Sauceboat made as part of a Contemporary British Silversmiths Skills Exchange workshop on asymmetrical raising, hosted by silversmith Tony Bedford. Christmas Pudding: Marks & Spencer’s finest! Click here, for more information on our Big Spoon.

We will be updating the ‘Events’ page of our website in January with a fresh lists of shows we will attending in 2019. In the meantime,

We wish you a Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!



  • Becky Payne says:

    very good ! Hope the pudding was really good

    • Douglas Caster says:

      Brett, seemingly a silversmith’s lot at Christmas is a lonely one! I now see the purpose of the BIG SPOON. A very dramatic way to serve and flame the Christmas pud. Happy Christmas from Lizzie and me.

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