Chasing and Repoussé

Chasing is the technique of hammering a malleable metal in order to create or define an embossed design. Chasing involves hammering from the front face of the metal, inwards and is used in conjunction with the opposite technique, Repoussé, which involves hammering from the underside side of the metal, outwards.

This technique was sometimes applied to the solid silver lids of the bottles and jars belonging to dressing cases and vanity boxes.

Chased and Engraved Silver Topped Vanity Box Bottles and Jars.

Chased and Engraved Silver Topped Vanity Box Bottles and Jars.