Tea is something we take for granted nowadays and it is widely available either loose or in teabags coming in a variety of flavours.
If you had visited a nobleman’s banqueting hall in the middle Ages it would be more than likely that you would have seen an impressive dresser on which there would have been a wide variety of silver and gold items.
In England, if we say that someone was born with a silver spoon in their mouth, we generally infer that their wealth is inherited rather than worked for. It is not a very nice expression meant to be disparaging with the connotation that he or she is undeserving or not appreciative of their prosperity.
The disposal of antique silver today, may be seen as a sign of the times when people trade in their silver at scrap value to raise cash in what is the longest recession any of us have ever known.However, the British Monarchy has done its fair share of trading antique silver to fund all manner of things as can be seen in the following:
Born on the 14th September 1728 Matthew Boulton, whilst not a silversmith, is worth mentioning on our blog for his entrepreneurial skills during the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century, his influence and achievements within the silversmith and goldsmith industry and notable services to the craft.