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About Me

 

I started my business in 1984 and have garnered an international reputation for quality craftsmanship with special attention to surface finishing. I have repaired, reconstructed, and hand polished everything from historically important tankards, tureens, and tea services to inexpensive disposal-damaged and dishwasher-dulled flatware. Your object  doesn't need to be a museum piece for me to give it the same love and care.

As an environmentalist, I use the safest, non-toxic, organic products available. My workshop is state-of-the-art in safety and cleanliness.

I began my life as a silversmith in 1976 while in high school, taking night courses at UMass Dartmouth. I went on to earn a BFA degree in silversmithing and jewelry making from Maine College of Art where I studied under Harold Schremmer and Ernest Thompson. Upon graduating, I was hired by Gorham as a designer, sample maker, and technical illustrator. When I left Gorham I took a position at Pilz Ltd. where I created ecclesiastical ware and learned the fine art of restoration.

In 1989 I founded the Society of American Silversmiths to preserve and promote this beautiful art form. Find my CV here.

Who is Qualified to Work on My Silver?

This is probably a question that's gone through your mind when searching the Web for a professional silversmith. There are huge companies that specialize in silverplating. Those that have a policy of giving every piece that passes through their production line a "brand new" appearance. Some companies have splashy Web sites, only to mask their lack of professionalism and craftsmanship. Why would you send your valuable silver to these "experts?"

Why Use Herman Silver Restoration?

When you consult with me – the sole-proprietor – you'll always receive honest advice. You'll never hear me blame another worker or that I "just fired that craftsman" because he ruined your piece. I have been working with silver for 37 years. A large number of pieces coming through my workshop have been poorly repaired by other companies. I would never return a repaired piece that I wouldn't accept myself. Many of my customers are as finicky and obsessive as I am. Feel at ease that your object is being handled by an experienced silversmith, insuring that you receive the absolute highest quality craftsmanship that includes spotless dent and monogram removal. And you'll never receive your piece back that has an inappropriate finish. I have the sensitivity you're looking for, and I hope my Web site (which I created and update) has made that evident. My work is also guaranteed.

Contact me with any questions you can't find answers to on this site. If you have a piece in need of repair, or interested on bidding on a damaged object, feel free to send an image or link to that piece for an estimate (please note if the piece solid silver or silverplate).

© Jeffrey Herman, sterling vase with five
 pearls, 5" tall x 3" dia., raised from a
 rectangular sheet and allowed cracks to
natually occur. High polish inside and out.
Photo: Bill Hicks

Created in 1995, this 5"tall x 3"diameter sterling vase with 5 cultured pearls was raised from a rectangular sheet of sterling, allowing stress cracks to develop as a design element. The top and side edges are hammer "checked" for thickening and sparkle. Purchased by Yale University Art Gallery for their permanent collection. Photo: Bill Hicks


Sterling sculpture with edge thickening created for the president of Coca-Cola. 11" x 5" x 4".


Professional Affiliations

Founder &  Executive Director
Society of American Silversmiths

Advisor on Restoration & Silver Care
International Institute of Modern Butlers
International Match Safe Association
New York Silver Society
Silver-Collector.com
Silver Magazine
Houzz.com

Member
Fellow – Institute of Professional Goldsmiths, UK
Professional Restorers International
Preservation Artisans Guild
New York Silver Society

Other

Consultant to the Silver Industry
Listed with Jewelers Board of Trade

Recommended by

Museums / Associations
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Yale University Art Gallery
RI School of Design Museum of Art
International Tennis Hall of Fame
Cape Ann Museum
Mystic Seaport Museum
United States Sailing Association
Trinity Church, Newport, RI

Dealers
Georg Jensen
Buccellati
Drucker Antiques
Firestone & Parson
M. Ford Creech Antiques
Marsh & Ackerman Antiques

Auction Houses
Christie's / Sotheby's / Skinner
Heritage / Cowan's / Leigh Keno


Interviews via Podcast

Metalsmith BenchTalk  Antique Auction Forum


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