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.
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.
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.