Antique Collector - Antique Silver and Gold


Collecting Silverware, the love of lustre and radiance.
Few can resist the lustre and radiance of a finely crafted piece of silverware. Many collections reflect the practicality as well as the artistry of the silversmiths craft. One of the most interesting factors about silverware, as opposed to other collectables, is the set of hallmarks that, where present, offer information about the date, place of manufacture and the maker, with huge markups being paid for the best examples of famous makers.

Thankfully, nowadays the value of functional and decorative silverware has increased far beyond its value as mere bullion or coinage, and the enormous losses that have occurred in the past because of deliberate melting down and recycling of silver artifacts are much less evident, enabling us to marvel at the last few centuries worth of silver craftsmanship.


Antique Silverware and other Precious Metals


Starting to Collect Antique Silver
Ian Pickford
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Pickford's guide offers a lively, authoritative survey of the diverse uses to which it has been put in decorative and practical objects throughout history. He examines the makers, their techniques, and the types of decoration used, and also gives clear coverage of marks and assay offices, an understanding of which is vital to the collector.



Magnificent Tiffany Silver
John Loring
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A comprehensive look at the superbly crafted silver created by Tiffany & Co. over the course of its 150-year history: the prize-winning 1,250-piece Mackay table service that remains the single greatest silver service ever produced. Tiffany & Co. design director John Loring highlights the careers of Tiffany's key silver designers, from Edward C. Moore to Elsa Peretti.



Silver plate came about as a result of a search for a cheaper alternative to real silver and widened the market for articles otherwise fashioned in silver. The discovery and development of fused plate, more commonly known as Old Sheffield Plate, played the major role from the 1750s to the mid 19th century. There is also extensive coverage of the 19th century process, electro-plating.


Antique Silver Plate: Reference and Price Guide - Stephen J. Helliwell
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A reference containing 2373 entries relating to British and North American silverware (embracing Canada and Mexico), decorative techniques, styles, leading designers and firms of silversmiths. The period covered runs from c.1500 to the present day (including Ireland up to 1921).


An Illustrated Dictionary of Silverware
Harold Newman
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Miller's Collecting Silver: Facts at Your Fingertips
Jill Bace, Alexis Butcher
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All the main collecting categories; candlesticks, dining silver, items for drinks, dressing table, smoking equipment and many other items like sewing equipment and card cases. Full of handy tips on how to read hallmarks, spot fakes and assess condition and value, and is packed with expert, practical advice on caring, displaying and insuring your collection.


Jackson's Hallmarks: English, Scottish, Irish Silver and Gold Marks from 1300 to today
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A handy-sized guide drawn from the extensively revised edition of Jackson's Silver and Gold Marks of England, Scotland and Ireland, published by the Antique Collectors' Club in 1989. Since its publication in 1905, English Goldsmiths and Their Marks, or Jackson's, has been the 'bible' for scholars, dealers and collectors.



The more than 3,500 items in this unique private collection of cutlery, illustrated with 450 large colour plates, present the expert and the amateur with an outstanding survey of the changing shapes of eating implements from the palaeolithic to the twentieth century. Illustrated in large format and natural size on 450 colour plates of superb quality and striking brilliance.


Historic Cutlery: From Palaeolithic to Modern Times - Jochen Amme
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This lavishly illustrated book provides a comprehensive survey of the design and evolution of cutlery in Britain from Neolithic times to the present day. Over 500 examples of cutlery and place settings are described and reproduced in colour together with engravings, makers' pattern books and other documentary records. Examples from both the rich and the poor man's table are included.


British Cutlery: Illustrated History of Design, Evolution and Use - Peter Brown
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Cutlery: From Gothic to Art Deco: The Hollander Collection - Jan van Trigt
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Knives have always been around, however, and have always been used to cut and spear meat. Spoons were originally only used for serving, and in the west the use of the fork - a custom born in Byzantium which came to Europe via venice - was initially even considered to be ill-mannered! It goes without saying that a set of cutlery comprises more than just a knife, fork and spoon.



Silver Boxes
by Eric Delieb
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The silver box has fascinated and intrigued collectors for many centuries. This book is a comprehensive study of the subject which concentrates on the development of the silver box in England from the 16th to the late 19th centuries. The full colour illustrations show boxes with as many diverse forms and uses as possible.



This text explores the pleasures and the pitfalls of collecting costume jewellery, covering methods, materials and makers from 18th-century paste to the jewels of 20th-century style-setters Schiaparelli, Tiffany and Chanel. The book contains specially commissioned photographs of necklaces, rings, brooches and bracelets.


A Collector's Guide to Costume Jewelry
Tracy Tolkien
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The Anatomy of Antique China & Silver Tim Forrest
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Miller's Collecting Silver: The Facts by Jill Bace
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Collectible Silver Jewelry
by Fred Rezazadeh
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Yesterday's Silver for Today's Table R Osterberg
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