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  • D. Barker & Son
  • Goldsmiths & Silversmiths
  • 40a West Street,
  • Alresford,
  • Hants,
  • SO24 9AU
  • 01962 732200


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  • Monday to Saturday
  • 9:00 – 5:00
  • Sunday & Bank Holidays
  • Closed

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D Barker and Son

Goldsmiths and Silversmiths – Jewellers in Hampshire

01962 732200


What better way is there to dedicate a treasured item to a loved one than to have it specially engraved with a personalised inscription?  A pair of cufflinks, a silver christening cup, a signet ring – all are perfectly suited to having initials, a monogram or a family crest added.  Our three engravers have 100 years experience between them and the quality of their work is excellent.

Hand Engraving

Pewter_tankard_crestAn engraver uses a very sharp steel graver with a wooden handle to one end, which fits perfectly in the palm of one’s hand, to cut into a metal surface; one false move or a loss of control and an item can be ruined.  This is why hand engraving is a skill that takes many years to master.  To see the various stages involved please click here

We can engrave initials in a variety of different styles from a flowing script to a more traditional Roman style.  We can engrave long inscriptions and monograms and we are often asked to re-produce a person’s hand written message – this is called ‘facsimile engraving’.  Images such as crests can also be reproduced (see the tankard to the left); in fact, there is very little that can’t be done when it comes to hand engraving as our hand engraver is not bound by the constraints of a machine.  The only limiting factors are size of inscription and accessibility.

Typically for straight forward jobs we aim to turn work around in 5-7 working days although more complicated jobs will take longer – please bear this in mind if you need something for a specific date.

We would be very happy to discuss your needs in detail.

Heraldic Engraving

For many years Heraldic engraving has been a speciality of ours.  Our gold signet rings are die stamped and hand finished making them heavy and dense – perfect for engraving family crests as seals.  The crest is cut in to the surface of a signet ring to produce a ‘negative’ image in relief; this is to ensure that when the ring is pressed into sealing wax the crest appears in the ‘positive’.  Our seal engraver produces work of the very highest quality and is just as comfortable cutting crests into hardstone signet rings as well gold ones.

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