b'CRAFTSMANSHIP THE CARNEGIE CLUBF or first-time visitors to Edinburgh,and this is something that we celebrate when there are several must-visit places: thecrafting such important pieces.Castle, Holyrood Palace, Arthurs SeatThe Carnegie Cup trophy was created by and Hamilton & Inchesthe 153-year-oldrecently retired master craftsman Jon Hunt Scottish jeweller whose grand George Streetand apprentice silversmith George Douglas. showroom is a gateway to a golden age ofHunt created many of the houses most craftsmanship and splendour. Stately marbleimportant pieces during his 30-year tenure columns, ornate cornicing and a listed Adamand now his specialist skills are being passed fireplace set the scene for a dazzling collectionon to the next generation. Were a heritage of watches, jewellery and silverware: abrand, so retaining artisanal skills is key to speciality for which the house has heldour business, says Houghton. Clients want to a Royal Warrant for more than 120 years. invest in and cherish pieces that have been A few floors above the showroom arecrafted with care; these are future heirlooms.Hamilton & Inches workshops, where itsThe trophy was inspired by Skibo Castles jewellery and silverware are handcrafted byarchitecture: its handles take their shape from master craftspeople using techniques that haveOpposite: master craftspeople are at the heart ofthe zoomorphic staircase. The bowl and plinth the company. This page, from top: The Carnegie scarcely changed since Robert Kirk Inches andCup; The Tales of Beedle the Bardband were hand-engraved with The Carnegie by JK Rowling; his uncle James Hamilton founded the housemaster engravers work with impressive precision Club logo by Hamilton & Inches master in 1866. At wooden workbenches littered withengraver, before going to the master polisher. tools, craftspeople pierce, chase and hammerThe brooches, while smaller, required away, transforming solid sheets of preciousjust as much attention. The osprey is an metal into magnificent creations. Some oficonic Scottish bird of prey and it was exciting these will be displayed in the showroombringing a two-dimensional emblem to life in downstairs, but many are private commissions.three dimensions, says Douglas. We worked Hamilton & Inches has designed and madefastidiously on every detail to make sure the bespoke silverware and trophies for royalty,brooches were beautiful but also functional. 46 prestigious institutions and private familiesThe sense of pride Douglas and his 6 5in Scotland and across the world. colleagues feel when admiring the finished Among the commissions crafted inarticle is palpable. Theres nothing like the the George Street workshops are the Tripleprocess of taking something from raw material Crown trophy for the Six Nations rugbyto a piece like The Carnegie Cup, he says. championship, the Scottish Open trophy,Pieces like this are part of history and will and hand-chased silver ornaments, whichhopefully be around for hundreds of years. adorned the covers of seven handwrittenIm very lucky to have played a part in it. copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling, an appendage to the Harry Potter seriesthe fictional book of the same name features in the plot of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final novel of the series. S P E L L B I N D I N GHamilton & Inches has also created pieces exclusively for The Carnegie Club for almost 25 years, including the trophy for the Clubs Member Guest golf competition. W O R K Last year, the winner of The Carnegie Cup golf tournament was presented with a sterling-silver trophy, while guests can buy handcrafted silver brooches depicting the Clubs logo, an osprey in flight, inspired by the rare nesting ospreys that call Skibo home. Pride, heritage and mastery permeate every creation by ScottishHamilton & Inches is a historic silversmith Hamilton & Inches, discovers Sarah Royce-Greensill institution, so theres a wonderful synergy when we collaborate with Skibo Castle, says Victoria Houghton, Hamilton & Inches CEO. Scotland regards its heritage with fierce pride'