antique silver

Tiffany

An American Legend: The Incredible Silver of Tiffany & Co.

Few companies in American history bear the distinction of being synonymous with elegance, style and refinement. Tiffany & Co. is one of those companies whose very name conjures up images of opulence, wealth and good taste. And, while their mark on the history of decorative arts is… Read More »

Anatomy of An English Hallmark

Anatomy of An English HallmarkHere’s a guide for reading and understanding the elements of the English hallmark. Read More »

Marks of Distinction

Marks of DistinctionJust as a fine painting bears the signature of the artist, so do important pieces of silver. Here’s a sampling of some of the most prominent maker’s marks you’re likely to come across.  Read More »
Fine silver firms, such as Fabergé, created important flatware services of the utmost quality.

So Many Choices…The Golden Age of Flatware

Dining in the Victorian-era was truly an art form. The economic prosperity of the late 19th and early 20th centuries catapulted many into the middle and upper classes, and the desire to display just how wealthy you were was of the utmost importance to maintain, if not raise, your standing… Read More »
Stunning George II Silver Epergne by Ann Craig and John Neville. Theirs was one of only a handful of female/male silversmithing partnerships to ever exist.

A Woman’s Touch: The Masterpieces of Female Silversmiths

The contributions of women are one, if not the most, overlooked aspect in the history of silver craftsmanship. The natural elegance and refinement exhibited in the works created by the hand of female silversmiths set them apart from all others, and, in many cases, are considered the finest… Read More »
Tureen by Paul de Lamerie

The Great Georgian Silversmiths

The term Georgian Silver is one most collectors are familiar with, though it is one that is quite broad in scope, ranging from 1714 and the reign of George I through 1830, ending with the reign of George IV. It is doubtful that when a young King George I ascended the throne in 1714 that… Read More »
Ning Zhao Ji Chinese Export Silver Centerpiece

Chinese Export Silver: Where East Meets West

Late in the 18th century, the export of silver from China to the West began to rival the tremendous export industry of Chinese porcelain. With an influx of trade between China and the West, as well as tourists flooding the region, the demand for these one-of-a-kind silver pieces increased… Read More »
Hester Bateman Hallmark

Understanding Hallmarks

For hundreds of years, hallmarks have been used throughout Great Britain to identify, date and grade silver, plate, gold and platinum. You might say it's one of the world's oldest forms of consumer protection. For collectors of English sterling, knowledge of the different types of British… Read More »
Paul Storr

Paul Storr's Lasting Legacy

The Legacy of Paul StorrWithout question, Paul Storr can be considered among history's finest smiths and he will long be remembered for perfecting the works, styles and designs of the Regency period. Storr pursued a career in silversmithing at an early age, apprenticing to Swedish-born… Read More »
Paul deLamerie

Paul de Lamerie — Setting the Standard

Paul de Lamerie Setting the StandardFor well over 250 years Paul de Lamerie has been universally considered not only one of the most important English goldsmiths, but among the most important English craftsmen of all time. His extraordinary works range from the elegant simplicity of the… Read More »