Aldermans gives their best shot in aid of Help For Heroes

Aldermans has presented its own version of a “21-gun salute” to the heroes of the Royal Navy, in the shape of 21 specially fabricated shot glasses.  The glasses, plus brass carriers, were created from old shell cases, supplied to Aldermans.  They were commissioned by serving officers at HMNB Devonport to be auctioned in aid of the armed forces charity Help For Heroes.

The pieces were produced at our metal fabrication factory at Newnham, Plymouth, using our lathes.  Aldermans operates both manual and sophisticated CNC bar-fed lathes which transform metal bars and rods into a diverse range of turned metal parts with impressive accuracy. 

To create the shot glasses we cut down the shell cases to the required height – twelve large shot glasses at 60mm high, and the remaining nine at 50mm.  The brass carriers were also machined on the lathe so that the shot glasses would fit.  Some of the glasses were then polished to a silver finish, while others were left in the original black.

Additionally, three miniature laser-cut ships were produced in our CNC laser cutting department.  Working from a sample provided, Aldermans created a production drawing to cut the parts out precisely, then gave them a mirror polished finish to match the sample.

“Plymouth has such as proud naval heritage, so we were delighted to support the charity by producing these items for such a worthy cause,” commented Karen Friendship, Managing Director.

“I cannot thank Aldermans enough for allowing this work to be done.  You have helped me out a great deal with the final finishing off of the auction items,” said Chief Petty Officer Henry Cooper of the Engineering Training Squadron, based at Devonport.

As one of the South West’s most well-equipped and long-standing metal fabricators, Aldermans’ supplies bespoke metal parts to prestigious manufacturing companies across the region, as well as high-end retailers nationally.  The company celebrates its 50th year in business in 2019.