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Any well-established member of English gentry or 'Society' ensured they were well-equipped with the finest silver nutmeg grater - but the question is - "Why?".

The answer - "Fashion".

Nutmeg was discovered on a tiny group of Indonesian islands in the 16th century and ros...

Some of the finest pieces of English silver ever produced were part of special commissions made by Royalty and the aristocracy. During the nineteenth century, firms such as Rundell, Bridge and Rundell, Garrard's and Hunt & Roskell were patronised by King George IV and...

October 17, 2016

 Above: Three rare and desirable pieces of nineteenth century novelty silver. Each with an exact purpose.

A regular discussion I have with some people who are intrigued by silver revolves around value.

"What's it worth?" and "How much!?" are two of the most common q...

October 5, 2016

 Who doesn't love cute animals, right? Right! Well add in to the mix a precious metal and an antique status with an applicable purpose and it is therefore no surprise that the cute little guys pictured are hotly contested by collectors.

Novelty pin cushions co...

September 21, 2016

A highlight of the very recent past was the day I was invited to examine a collection of family silver at a lovely home near London. The collection was acquired over many years, and consisted of some very rare silver spoons. One such spoon was an Elizabeth I example.

It...

September 5, 2016

It may seem an unusual question, but have you ever thought about how people connected with each other before the age of digital technology?

Your answer is probably a tentative "No". However, it remains a rather interesting avenue to explore.

One example was the use of th...

August 1, 2016

When it comes to antique silver, there remains a multitude of specialist collecting fields, each with their own special nuances and quirks. Perhaps one of the most interesting is the area of medical related silver.

Silver has known antiseptic qualities and so specialist...

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