The Sir John Cass’s Foundation has proudly supported the Hand Engravers’ Association since 2010 with apprenticeships to nurture the next generation of engravers.

The Hand Engravers’ Association was formed to raise the profile and preserve the skills of this specialist craft and its practitioners. In 2016, a 3 year grant was awarded to support a young apprentice, Matthew Hart, to develop his skills in the ancient art.

During Matthew’s second year, Sir John Cass’s Foundation was delighted to meet Sally Dodson, Association Manager and Chris Rowley, Founder and Trustee of the Hand Engravers’ Association, at the workshop where beneficiary Matthew has been completing his apprenticeship.

His Master, Emmet Smith (who was originally trained at the Sir John Cass School of Art in Whitechapel), showed us around the workshop and saleroom of RH Wilkins Ltd and Rebus Signet Rings. We were also privileged to see their new premises in Hatton Garden that they are about to move into.

Since beginning his apprenticeship, Matthew has specialised in seal engraving, specifically signet rings.

For further information about the Hand Engravers’ Association, please click here.

Credit: Hand Engravers’ Association