I know I am not the only one to have jewellery boxed-up in drawers, saving it for best. The same goes for antique silverware, often passed down through family, brought out for special occasions when firstly, we remember it’s there, and secondly, we can digest more than the daily cutlery drawer by the time dinner is prepared.
Not that I am suggesting you consolidate your treasures into fewer drawers, but Joseph Bucsi created his brand Boochi & Co, crafting antique silver cutlery into jewellery. A concept worth chewing on.
“In a world that is so transient and increasingly unstable, history is one thing that we can learn from and hold onto. All of my pieces have travelled through time and had many lives. A spoon made in 1750 has seen more than we can imagine throughout its lifetime.”
Joseph was introduced to antiques by his girlfriend Charlie and her family. Hard to believe he became a craftsman just 3 years ago, he immersed himself in the history of found items and began researching hallmarks and makers through auctions and fairs. Joseph came across stories of servants appropriating silver cutlery to reshape them into wedding rings when they wanted to marry.
Dating back to the 1700s, hallmarks, initials and patterns throughout the sterling silver Boochi & Co collection tell stories of their provenance. Available to shop online and at The Vintage Look in Henley. Boochi & Co is also joining my Fair Fashion pop-up at Salvo Fair on 23rd-25th June 2017.
I can’t think of a better way to mark national upcycling day (Saturday 24th June) than with a spoon ring, destined to be used everyday.
SALVO 2017 at a glance
Where: Icehouse Lane, Henley on Thames, RG9 3AP
When: Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 June 2017
Open: 10am to 5pm
Smart Works Charity Gala Preview and late night shopping with organic wine from Vintage Roots: Friday 23 June 2017, 5pm to 8pm
See salvofair.com for more details and to book tickets
©photographs courtesy of Boochi & Co