As antique silver dealers we occasionally come across pieces of silver, such as tankards, cups, silver tea caddies among many other items that are engraved with coats of arms or crests. Identification of these engravings can be time consuming but we thought our readers might be interested in the significance of heraldry.
We seem to have moved into an age of “ban everything” and whilst I am in favour of many things that should be banned including the killing of all elephants for their ivory tusks it seems that some madness is about to sweep America.
Having recently had a drink with an interior design friend of mine, I was rather surprised to learn that colours are not just used as part of the decoration around their themes.
Were you aware that gemstones, gold and silver are all measured in the same way using an old system of measurement called “Troy Pounds”? Within each of these Troy Pounds is 12 Troy ounces.
Collecting unusual silver spoons is entertaining and exciting. There are collector clubs all over the world for "spooners" who love to collect antique silver spoons. People such as this meet with other collectors to trade or sell as well as to share their information.
For some of us, it is impossible not to get overly excited about our antique silver. It is such an interesting field to be involved with. When deciding on a new purchase that you are enthusiastic about, it is best that your antique silver dealer is just as thrilled about it as you are. So, you’ve found the right dealer, but how do you know if this is genuine hallmarked silver?