The artist The makers hallmark The inspiration
I am Christopher Brenton West (known as Brenton) (BA Hons, Dip AD) trained in and practiced silversmithing (see below for images) in the late 1970's at Medway College of Design and later went on to a First Class Honours Degree at Plymouth in Photography. I live in the Vale of the White Horse in Oxfordshire.
I now teach the art and make commissions for artists and collectors and make and supply cameras to the TV and film industry.
The unique and inimitable attribute of some of these images is that they are produced on 999/1000 pure silversheets. These are hallmarked at the London Assay Office and carry his unique makers' mark 'CBW' illustrated above. There is an intrinsic value before the silver iodide image even appears.
I am one of the very few practicing Daguerreotypists in Great Britain.
I appear as an expert on the BBC series, The Repair Shop. (For episodes, see IMDB)
I have been asked on several occasions for some images of silver work. Pictures of a number of pieces have been added below.
Alas, most items were stolen from The Ritz in London when on display in 1980.
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