Fig. 136 shows a slightly different type of chasing that is comparatively easy of execution. It is known as " recess" chasing. The rings that run clear around the vase are simply two lines close together, made with a "tracing" tool. The outline of the decoration in the middle of the lower band was first outlined with the tracing tool and then parts of it were beaten down with a planisher lower than the level of the surface, making a recess that forms an effective and simple decoration.
The holy water font, Fig. 137, is an effective application of various kinds of chasing. The front and the small rosettes show a consistent use of raised relief chasing. The chased line connecting the rivets is made with the straight tracing tool, and the different texture on the background is made with a planishing tool, making a soft contrast that sets off the entire design.
Fig. 136. "Recess chasing Copper vase.
"See Fig. 98, p. 136.
Fig- 137. Font with chased decoration.
Fig. 138. Silver fruit-dish, chased carnations.
Fig. 139. Silver salt dishes and spoons.
The silver fruit-dish with the chased carnations, Fig. 138, is a fair example of the extent to which this interesting process can be carried. But it should be remembered by the beginner that such results cannot be accomplished by a few hours' practice. Chasing is the highest type of metalworking, and it requires and reveals the spirit of patient skill and intense interest as no other process does. It is (as always) best to start on the simpler forms first, get acquainted with and acquire a mastery of the tools and their capabilities, gradually working up to the more difficult forms, and the result will be sure and satisfying.
The three silver salt-dishes, Fig. 139, show varying adaptations of some of the processes previously described. All three have ball feet made of scraps of silver melted on a piece of charcoal or asbestos.
The first one was "paneled" on a block of wood, as described elsewhere. The applied ornament is a piece of silver wire bent into shape and soldered on.
The decoration on the center one was made with two chasing tools and a small file. The recessed oval spot is simply the impression of a "planisher" chasing tool. The small vertical line is the impression of a small "tracer." The line at the top and bottom of the ornament was filed in with a small fine file.
The third dish shows the possibilities of "convex fluting" on small work. These dishes were made from disks of silver 2" in diameter.
The salt-spoons are 2 1/4" long. The decoration of the handles was saw-pierced.