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Melissa Montague




Melissa Montague

Oxidised Britannia Silver Bowls and Shovels by metalsmith Melissa Montague for AUTHOR's collection of British-made luxury home accessories

Regular price £980 Sale

Designed and hand crafted in Sheffield by metalsmith Melissa Montague.

A pair of hand raised Britannia silver bowls with hammer detail and brass footing. The pair of shovels feature a hand punched detail and are made from oxidised Britannia silver like the outer surface of the bowls. All elements sit on a Jarrah wood base.

Free UK Delivery on all orders over £80*


  • Length: 26cm
    Depth: 9cm
    Height: 5cm
    Weight: Metal elements approx. 114g
    Jarrah Wood: 337g

  • Up to 8 weeks as this piece is made to order

    AUTHOR will deliver your product as quickly and as carefully as possible. We pride ourselves on our fastidious packaging and despatch service. Where our products are handmade, your order could take a matter of weeks; in these instances we will provide you an approx. leadtime and then keep you updated by phone or email as to the progress of your order. Where there’s a short wait for hand-crafted items made in small batches or for a custom order, trust us; it’s always worth it. Any item intended as a gift is beautifully wrapped, as standard.

    Orders under £80 incur a delivery charge of £7. Delivery is free for orders of standard products over £80. Delicate or non-standard pieces are marked as such and incur a delivery fee depending on your location and the size/weight of the piece.


  • Wood – can be washed with hot soapy water. Reapply a mineral oil once in a while to prevent drying out and cracking.
    Oxidised silver – Any piece of oxidised silver will be prone to wear, as it is a surface patina. However, this can add to the surface and represent your relationship with the object. Alternatively the oxidised finish can be re-applied if you wish if the true colour of the silver starts to shine through. Please contact us if you wish to arrange for an item to be re-oxidised. For general day-to-day care the blackened colour can be maintained by using Renaissance wax, which should be gently applied with a soft cloth and any residue carefully polished off. Please be sure only to use a soft cloth that is not impregnated with any kind of jewellery cleaning substance as this will further remove the oxidisation.
Why we love this product

Exquisite Handcrafted Artisanal Decorative Britannia Silver

These hand raised, Britannia silver bowls are handmade with gorgeous brass footing. The accompanying shovels are constructed from sterling silver tube, sheet and wire. All elements of the piece have an oxidised finish creating that gorgeous blackened effect. The brass elements of both the bowls and shovels are created from repurposed brass olives, which are mass produced engineered components used in plumbing. Melissa's work explores the idea of making something beauty from everyday objects such as plumbing materials. 

Melissa's inspiration for this piece comes from old farming tools as her grandfather was a farmer and keen metal detectorist, the work of Christopher Dresser and ceremonial objects. 

What our customers say...

How lovely to see such beautifully made British originals at the touch of a button . The Author team find and display a range of very special pieces that will become the heirlooms of the future.

Chamkilla Thompson