Craftsmanship

 

Craftsmanship


Argent Equus's luxurious and elegant English made handcrafted English leather and Sterling silver embellished horse riding whips, canes and crops are the perfect gift for the discerning equestrian. 

 

 

Whip Making


The Argent Equus whip makers are long standing suppliers to British luxury goods companies.


Argent Equus riding whips, canes and crops are hand crafted by artisans each with over 25 years' experience and according to centuries old traditions. Made from the finest quality materials, they deliver a superbly balanced product, which is both durable and elegant and evocative of more stylish eras of horsemanship.


The highest quality, softest English leather is subdivided into eight or more strips, depending on the width of the centre rod and then hand plaited by craftsmen around a strengthened yet flexible centre rod. Once completed a flat stitched leather keeper is bound on with very strong thread or a hand braided lash plaited on. Then the Sterling silver collar or mushroom end cap is placed and fixed into position. Finally, the stag or buffalo horn handle is firmly attached or a leather knot plaited onto the stock.

 

 

Engraving


The personalised engraving process involves a silversmith designing a template and using a machine to transfer the design via a series of levers to engrave a millimetre perfect, miniature scale reproduction of the design on the collar or end cap.

 

The font used is Kunstler, an elegant handwriting script font in the formal 'copperplate' engraving style.


Example; D.J.B 


Our engraving service offers up to three upper case initials for an additional charge of £19.95. Please make sure you check your order as we cannot accept returns on whips that have been personalised.

 

Please allow approximately twenty working days for orders including engraving. Argent Equus will endeavour to meet all delivery dates barring unforeseen circumstances.

 

 

Hand Engraving 

 

Working with the finest practitioners Argent Equus is able to produce beautiful hand engraved messages or emblems or logo's in any style, or even reproduce your own handwriting.

 

The age old traditional art of Hand Engraving requires immense artistic and calligraphic skill as well an inherent understanding of the precious metal and the treasured object it adorns.

 

With even the simplest engraving illiciting personality, life and sentiment from an inanimate object why not contact us today on 08456 210704 or email us at bespoke@argentequus.com to discuss your requirements.

 

Sterling Silver

 

The Argent Equus silversmiths are long standing suppliers to British luxury goods companies.


A 'blank', a disc of Sterling silver, is placed over a pre-made brass 'chuck' or pattern of the desired collar or end cap and spun on a spinning lathe. The silversmith uses a chisel like shaping tool to work the silver disc down over the chuck, stopping occasionally to soften or 'anneal' the Sterling silver with heat to promote its malleability and avoid cracking. Another tool removes the burrs or rough edges.

 

Finally a larger 'planisher' tool removes the spinning marks and finishes the product ready for hallmarking (see Hallmarking).
Once hallmarked, the collar returns to the silversmiths for hardening and polishing. Polishing is a four stage and lengthy process, consisting of sanding, mopping, colouring and 'swanning off'. The metal is worked with varying coarseness of polishes from coarse brown polish through to the finest grade polish AA Rouge and the end result delivers a deep mirror like lustre to the Sterling silver.

 


Care Advice


The silver used to manufacture Argent Equus collars and end caps in the UK, is Sterling silver. Sterling silver is an alloy of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper, hence the fineness hallmark '925'.

 

Due to its inherent properties, Sterling silver can tarnish. Tarnish is caused by sulphur compounds in the atmosphere and the salts and oils in our skin. It is a natural process and causes a gradual discolouration and loss of polish.

 

In order to maintain your Argent Equus riding whip, cane or crop, store it in a clean and dry environment and lightly polish the Sterling silver regularly, using a soft, clean lint-free cloth or a very soft hair brush.


Light Sterling silver tarnish can be removed with a commercial silver cleaning cloth. This will remove dust, light sticky or greasy deposits and the dulling tarnish, leaving a brightly polished finish. Be careful to avoid the leather work of the whip when polishing the Sterling silver collar.


The leather will require only the gentlest cleaning. Care should be taken to avoid the Sterling silver collar or end cap. Saddle soap may be used to clean the leather, preferably one with conditioning properties. There is no need to oil the leather if it is cleaned regularly, unless it becomes particularly dry.

 

 

Hallmarking


Hallmarking dates back to 1300 when a Statute of Edward I instituted the assaying (testing) and marking of precious metals.


Hallmarking is as necessary today as it was in 1300 because when jewellery and silverware are manufactured, precious metals are not used in their pure form, as they are too soft.

 

Gold, silver, and platinum are always mixed with copper or other metals to create an alloy that is more suitable to the requirements of the jeweller.

 

Hallmarking of precious metals is a legal requirement in the UK. All items being sold as gold, silver or platinum in the UK must be hallmarked to confirm that they meet the legal standard. This cannot be done by the manufacturer; goods must be submitted to one of the four UK Assay Offices, or an Assay Office belonging to the International Convention.

 

Birmingham Assay Office, where Argent Equus riding whip, cane and crop Sterling silver collars are assayed, is the largest Assay Office in the world, handling over 12 million articles per year.

 

All Argent Equus riding whips, canes and crops are marked with the following traditional hallmarks:

 

Sponsor’s or Maker’s Mark Fineness (Purity) Assay Office Mark Traditional Fineness Symbol Date Mark