Sterling Silver & Gold Miniatures
by Harry W. Smith
Harry’s detailed sterling silver miniatures are made entirely by hand. He first intricately carves the original master in a block of hard green wax. This is done from a few drawings and an intuitive ability to see the three dimensional object in the block. After the master wax is completed, the casting gates or sprues are added and the wax is invested in a high heat plaster. The invested metal flask is then placed in a special oven and the wax is burnt out at 1350˚ F. The cavity left in the investment by removing the wax is then filled with molten silver. This silver casting is the master. The master is then polished and final details are added before a rubber mold is made of it. The mold is then injected with wax and the process is repeated. Each casting requires a wax pattern which is lost in the casting process, thus the name “Lost Wax Casting”. After the final casting is made, it must be carved to add the final details then hand polished. Harry does every step in the process of creating his miniatures. Many of his pieces are decorated in 24kt gold vermeil and precious stones. Some have hand carved stones in the style of Fabergé. Each limited edition piece is signed, numbered and dated.
These miniatures are all 1” = 1’ - 0” scale.
Swan Tureen Set
Seven Light Candelabrum - 1 3/4” high overall
Three florals in quartz crystal vases - Hand carved jade leaves and rhodochrosite, turquoise and pearl flowers set on 24kt gold stems.
Silver Oak Leaf Bow - encircled with oak branches, leaves and acorns 1/2” high
Swan Tureen Set and 3 light Candelabras
Jeweled Ewer - with real ruby, sapphire and emerald - 1 1/4” high
Fabergé Style Boat - with Putti on bow and stern. 24kt vermeil ship sails on a hand carved quartz sea on lapis base. - 1” high
Fabergé Style Boat - View showing putti with telescope on stern and lookout on bow.
Cherub Candle Stick & Dragon Candle Stick
Shell Dessert Stand - mermen on dolphins supporting shell. - 1” high
Libation Cup - Hand carved lapis cup with cherub on cup lip and two cherubs under palm tree in 24 kt gold. Set with three diamonds.
Candle Snuffer - Gravy Boat - Turtle & Shell Salt with spoon
Lily of the Valley Dish - hand carved jade with pearls on 18Kt gold stem - 3/4” long
Jensen style Candy Dish
Turtle, Shell and Mermen Pitcher - 1” high
Pierced Basket - Movable handle - 1 1/8” high
3 light Candelabrum - 1 1/2” high
24kt Gold Rabbit - with real rubies and set on jade base.
Dolphin and Shell Candlestick - 1” high
Dolphin Candlesticks - 1” high
Dolphin Candlesticks - semi-precious spheres - 1 1/8” high
Dragon Wine Glass - 1” high
Dragon Candlestick - 3/4” high
Dragon - vermeil accents holding crystal ball - real rubies for eyes. 3/4” high overall
Porcelain Ewer - with gold vermeil handle and base
Eagle shelf - vermeil accents - 1 3/8” high overall
Hand painted enamel flowers over 24kt gold vermeil - 7/8” high
with real ruby, sapphire and emerald. 24kt gold vermeil. - 1 1/4” high.
24kt. gold vermeil and hand Enameled flowers - 7/8” high.
Candle Snuffer - 1” long
Set of 8 miniature Ornaments - average 3/8” high
24kt gold vermeil with real rubies & emeralds - 2 3/8” high
Salt Dip & spoon
1/4” high with vermeil
Turtle, Shell and Mermen Pitcher - 1” high overall
Cat on Pillow
With real emeralds for eyes & vermeil accents - 7/8” high
3 Swan Vase
vermeil accents - 1” high overall
Oak Leaf Tureen & Ladle - 3/4” high overall
Grape Leaf Wine Cooler - 7/8” high overall
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