Every item in this range is based on an actual tool, the originals
being found in a variety of places. Some belonged to Sheila's
father and date from the 1930s, others belonged to Malcolm's
father or grandfather, the family being involved in horticulture
in Kent from the 19th century until 1954. Some were found
in the shed of an elderly neighbour, others in the Rural Life
Museum at Tilford in Surrey or at Ingatestone Hall in Essex.
1/12 (doll's house) scale Sterling silver tool, individually
handmade in Somerset, is priced separately, enabling the customer
to make their choice to suit their own pocket. It is easy
to add to a collection of these beautiful miniatures at any
time, either for the miniature collector or the enthusiastic
gardener, or to embellish a doll's house.
exquisite silver tools are unique, you will find their like
nowhere else. They are available only from Sheila, or from
a shop or gallery which stocks her work. Each miniature silver
tool carries a British Hallmark.
the pleasure of collecting the miniatures personally, they
make a wonderful series of Christmas or Birthday presents
for a friend or relative, especially a doll's house collector
or the one for whom you never know what to choose. Creating
a collection can solve the gift problem for several years.
(Sheila suggests that anyone buying an ongoing series of gifts
should keep a list of purchases, to avoid duplication.) These
miniature garden tools also make an excellent group gift for
a special birthday or anniversary gift, as family or friends
can spend according to their taste and pocket.
note that all castings used are produced from Sheila's original
master design and are carried out by JCL (Just Castings Limited)
of Hatton Garden, London.