P. Brady Appraisal Services
2870 Peachtree Rd. #495
Atlanta, GA 30305
128 Lancaster St.
Albany, NY 12210-1904
Mr. Shapiro is an avid match safe
collector and member of the International Match Safe Association. He
offers free appraisals and research including names of makers or
manufacturers, history, or materials of a particular match safe. If
he can't help I will refer you to someone who can.
429 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02108
Appraisal & Consulting Services
PO Box 134
Barrington, RI 02806
Modified Silver and Silver-plated Flatware
about modified flatware items that have been altered to make it
appear to be a more valuable, rare or unusual piece.
Pattern Guide (Silverplate)
If you know the
pattern name but not the manufacturer.
Pattern Guide (Sterling)
If you know the
pattern name but not the manufacturer.
Pattern Guide (Sterling, Coin, Silverplate, White Metal)
If you know the
manufacturer but not the pattern name.
Do you know the difference
between a sugar scoop and a sugar shovel? No? This is a great guide
to identify what you've been using all these years.
Hallmarks, Housemarks &
(What's the difference?)
Arts & Crafts Makers' Marks
research-oriented site on Arts & Crafts silver. The site
contains numerous examples, hundreds of silver marks, bibliographies,
and silver resources such as old catalogs, and the full text and
photos from silver articles that appeared in early 20th century publications.
Silver Marks (Silversmiths & Silver Companies)
of silversmiths and manufacturers' housemarks. Also rarely seen
Baltimore assay marks.
Silversmiths by Willian Erik Voss
This is a single
occupation/single tree study of American silversmiths. It links
together, by blood or marriage, more than 1000 makers as far ranging
as Robert Sanderson, working in Boston c.1640, to William Herbert
Thurber who saw his family's company, Tilden-Thurber of Providence,
Rhode Island, into the 20th century. In addition, Voss has included
information on related pewtersmiths, clockmakers, artists, and metal
engravers when available. This reference for collectors contains
3,853 silversmiths, jewelers, watchmakers, and other related
craftsmen included in my larger family project, American Silversmiths.
The only time and
place in the U.S. where hallmarks were required on silver.
meaning behind all of those marks - it's fascinating!
Makers' Marks new
Great site for
makers' marks from Birmingham, Chester, Dublin, Edinburgh, Exeter,
Glasgow, London, Newcastle, Sheffield, and York.
& Irish Silver
A huge database of
Export Silver Marks
confusing, but always interesting.
Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks, & Makers' Marks
compendium of silver marks from around the world.
Fused Plate (now known as fused plate)
A very rare
resource for these tough to find marks.
Hallmarks From Around the World
Not as well
organized as the Online Encyclopedia, but still an excellent
resource. What you don't find on one Web site, you may find on the other.
Company / International Silver Company /
Silversmiths / Tuttle Silver Company /
now owned by Lifetime
Sterling, c/o Lifetime Brands, Inc.
PO Box 21379,
York, PA 17402, 800/264-0758
Gorham Manufacturing Archive at Brown University
largest industrial archive! Also see roster of Gorham
Gorham Archive Blog
The Gorham Archive
weblog is intended as a forum for sharing information on the Gorham
Manufacturing Company of Providence, Rhode Island (1831-2001) and its
products. Principle contributors will be staff at Brown and
RISD currently working on the IMLS-funded collaborative project to
design a database for the Gorham Archive. Theay encourage
participation from scholars, museum curators, collectors and others
interested in and knowledgeable about elements of Gorham history.
Silver Company / Meriden Brittania
Company / Rogers Bros.
Silver Plate Company / Wm. Rogers
archived at the Meriden Historical Society, Records Center, 1090
Hanover Rd., S. Meriden, CT 06450, 203/639-1913. Hours: Wednesdays
Chapter 11 bankruptcy in mid-December 2009, Lunt's assets were
acquired by competing silver manufacturer Reed & Barton of
Taunton, MA. The design drawings from Lunt are now housed at
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike,
Wilmington, DE 19735, 800/448-3883.
& Barton (no longer producing products in-house)
144 West Britannia
St., Taunton, MA 02780, 508/802-9042
(out of business)
built the best resource for anyone researching Stieff's history and
product identification. There is also a small section on Schofield Silver
on Engand's most prominent Dutch-born silversmith.
Visit this site to find out more
about America's most renowned silversmith. Of equal interest is Paul
Revere's family tree and the Paul
Revere Heritage Project.
A great Web site with information
on Mexico's most famous silversmith, William Spratling.
England's most prominent
Dealers & Auction Houses
211 Worth Ave.
Palm Beach, FL 33480
3096 Mayfield Rd.
You Like It Silver Shop
3033 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
1518 Slocum St.
Dallas, TX 75207
Bremer Silver Shop
3164 Peachtree Rd. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30305
Ford Creech Antiques
581 South Perkins Rd.
Memphis, TN 38117
PO Box 258
Levittown, PA 19059
& Ackerman Antiques
PO Box 373
Swansea, MA 02777
20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020
2075 S. University
Denver, CO 80210
487 East Main
Street, Ste. 197
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
81 Wayland Ave.
Providence, RI 02906
8 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
1334 York Ave.
New York, NY 10021
& Its Uses
Creator of fine
"master quality" designs for the hand and machine engraver.
Though not an engraver, herself, Cynthia has been a professional
illustrator for nearly thirty years. She can create highly detailed
designs for engraving on holloware, flatware, jewelry, cutlery, etc.
As well as beautifully executed names, monograms, ciphers, and
initials, her work includes engraveable line illustrations of
portraits and pets, scenery and display images for presentations and
awards, recreating company and corporate logos, and an exclusive line
of elaborately detailed Coats of Arms and Crests, which she
researches herself. Graphics can be provided as digital files to
upload to the latest engraving machines. Very reasonable prices
quoted per "project." 10428
CR 2332, Terrell, TX 75160, 972/524-8578, Fax also available (call first)
Hermanson, Heirloom Hand Engraving
PO Box 3807,
Sumter, SC 29151, 888/481-3249, Fax: 888/481-3238,
traditional hammer and chisel, push engraving, acid-etching and
pneumatic GraverMax technology. He specializes in firearms, musical
instruments, knives, jewelry and restores the original factory
stampings on antique auto parts. Brian is well known in the music
industry as one of the nation's premier flute engravers. For the past
10 years, he also engraved the "Gun of the Year" featured
in The American Handgunner Magazine, where he is also a
freelance writer. 206 Oakwood Ave., Bloomingdale, OH 43910,
highly detailed signet rings. 6 Leamington Ave., Etobicoke, Ontario
M8Z 2W4 Canada, 416/231-9973, 877/231-9973,
in the ornamentation of the Jaeger-LeCoultre "Reverso". He
also adorns other objects requiring fine and highly detailed
decoration. 5006 N. Bannen Rd., Spokane, WA 99216 509/891-5115,
Museum of Art, USA
Museum of Art, USA
Museum of Art, USA
Goldsmiths' Company, England
Getty Museum, USA
Museum of Art, USA
Art Museum, USA
Institute of Arts, USA
of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
of the City of New York, USA
Museum of Art, USA
Island School of Design Museum, USA
& Francine Clark Art Institute, USA
& Albert Museum, England
Art Museum, USA
University Art Gallery, USA
A place for
dealers & collectors
- Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver
This is a free
association between collectors and lovers of antique silver.
A discussion group dealing with
The gem and jewelry world's
foremost information resource on the Internet.
Society of Canada
The Silver Society of Canada
counts collectors, dealers, auction houses, and museums personnel to
its membership. Our mission is to further knowledge about antique and
modern silver. You find news and articles on the homepage and many
more in the archives.
Eden Sterling Company
Publishers of The Historical
Catalogue Series. This is a series of seven professionally reprinted
silver trade catalogues from the late 19th century and early 20th
century. See Scott V. Martin's review of Eden's Unger Bros. catalog here.
The only publication specializing
in the entire field of silver, featuring the finest in research
pertaining to the world of silver, with articles on primarily antique
English, Continental, and Colonial American silver.
Publishers of The
Book of Silver, Flatware Silver Marks & Patterns,
Guide to Evaluating Gold & Silver Objects.
Specialists By Medium
Restoration: Nigel Carren
armour recreated and restored. 16th and 17th century armour and works
in miniature a speciality.
Restoration & Conservation: Jeffrey S. Peachey
Peachey is the
owner of a New York City-based studio specializing in the
conservation of books for individuals, institutions and collectors.
He is a Professional Associate in the American Institute for
Conservation and was Chair of the Conservators In Private Practice in
2007-8. For more than 20 years, he has specialized in the
conservation of books and paper artifacts for institutions and
individuals. He has served as a consultant to major libraries and
university collections in the New York City region and nationally.
Restoration & Conservation: The Restoration Studio
Rho Brown is the owner and senior
conservator. While her specialty is ceramic and glass restoration,
she also restores art objects of ivory, jade, wood, marble, stone and bronze.
Restoration: East Coast Tinning
Jim refurbishes copper pots and
pans by retinning the cooking surface with the traditional hand-wiped
method. Any dents are repaired and the exterior copper is polished to
a new shine.
Restoration: Bruening Glass Works
Enormously talented craftsman
with a wide range of knowledge. Endorsed by Waterford and Orrefors.
Restoration: Rosanna Polizzotto
Rosanna has a BFA in painting and
attended the Art Students League and The School of Visual Arts in New
York City. You will not be able to see the repair with the
naked eye and in most cases with a ten power loupe. All enameling is
done with a conservators approach using a cold technique which
preserves the original work.
Restoration & Conservation: Jonathan Looper
Jonathan works with private
collectors and antique dealers from around the country offering a
full range of services from preserving original finishes and patinas
to complete reconstruction. Jonathan has an intimate knowledge of
furniture from understanding how wood ages to maintaining the quirky
construction techniques found on early vernacular furniture, both
English and American.
Restoration: Reeds Gold Leaf Studios
Micki and her husband Mitchell
provide gilding and restoration services. Their work can be seen all
around the Southeastern United States in various galleries, museums,
historic homes, universities, and private collections. They are
long-time members of the prestigious Society of Gilders
of which Micki currently serves as Vice-President. Both are
well-respected educators in the art of restoration and gilding.
Restoration (Damage): Michael Bokrosh
Michael Bokrosh Glass Sculpture
Studio finds innovative ways to repair and restore your antique glass
& glass art sculptures so that the collector can once again
appreciate the beauty and design the original artist had intended. He
specializes in Murano glass repair, as well as Waterford, Lalique,
Daum, Kosta Boda, Orrefors, Stueben, and all contemporary glass
artists. Bokrosh also creates his own glass sculptures using optical
glass some of the finest glass in the world.
Restoration (Cleaning & Polishing): Good Ole' Bottles
Removal of cloudiness (sickness)
associated with calcium build-up or staining.
Restoration: The Japanese Repository, Ron Fromkin new
Restoring ivory, horn, antler,
bone, mother of pearl, and inlays in natural materials, and some
limited tortoiseshell items with mostly man-made materials. Ron also
does small ivory and wood carving of any type, small turning in
ivory, bone, and wood. Beautiful chess set restoration.
Sword Polishing & Restoration: Robert Benson
Robert Benson is one of a small
number of American experts on Japanese sword polishing. He studied
sword polishing & appraisal under three top teachers, including
Koke Ono, a " living treasure" in Japan and at that time
was head sword polisher for the National Museum in Tokyo. In 1967,
the Japanese recognized Benson as being the first non- Japanese to
have studied sword polishing and first non-Japanese to have been
honored by the National Museum with a certificate recognizing him as
a polisher of distinction. Since then he has been restoring swords
for both Japanese and American collectors.
Restoration (Resilvering): Alchemy Mirror Resilvering
Megan and Tom use the traditional
pour method to resilver and finish with orange shellac as a sealer.
Excellent work! 1768 Laurel Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104, 651/641-1125.
Restoration: David L. Huffman Studios
David has worked with niello
since he learned the technique from Professor Fike back in the early
70's, and has applied it to fabricated and cast jewelry articles as
well as vessels, watch cases, etc., working in both silver and gold
alloys. He makes his own niello from silver, lead, copper and
sulfur which is a deep blue-black and able to take a high
polish. He has experience in the most challenging applications
such as round and spherical objects and areas where the application
is in very shallow relief. 26 Main St., Cortland, NY 13045, 607/756-0551.
Restoration & Conservation: McGannon Studios
Offering complete museum quality
conservation and restoration of paper artifacts. The wide array of
works on paper that can be preserved include prints, drawings,
watercolors, maps, pastels, historical and personal documents and
Frame Easels: Flech Paper Products, Inc.
Makers of custom-made easels in
various styles and materials for new and antique picture frames.
Plating Restoration: R.O.
Nickel-free plating with silver
and gold of holloware and flatware. Roger
Jette, Jr., 38 Vine St., Franklin, MA 02038, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Restoration: Coromandel Antique Restoration
Specialists in high quality
antique box, tea caddy, and tortoiseshell restoration in the UK. They
restore and repair a wide range of small antiques and collectibles,
particularly those made from or decorated with tortoiseshell, ivory,
bone, mother of pearl, horn, shibayama, rosewood, ebony, and other
Restoration: Anne Bowers
Restoration of handle wrapping (e.g. water
kettles, cream pots, coffee and teapot handles), minor basketry
repair, etc. Reed and cane. Recommended by Winterthur and
conservationists from National Park service. 304/752-0567, dansgen@frontiernet.
Sites of Interest
of Fine Arts Silver Collection Search
The MFA offers a
fantastic view into their magnificent silver collection with
discriptions of each piece
A site dedicated
to Chinese export silver.
of Antique Silver
encyclopedia of styles from Queen Ann through Queen Victoria from
London retailer I. Franks. You can search by time period, then object.
Georgian Silver Sugar Tongs
to silver sugar tongs mainly covering the approximate period from
1760 to 1820 but also beyond into the early Victorian era. Only
sugar tongs that were made in the UK and Ireland are featured here
although there were many other countries making sugar tongs during
Nice collection of sterling match
safes - primarily American and British.
Terminology & Definitions
Prepared by Professional
Restorers International, this glossary has a wealth of
information pertaining to the restorers' field.
The PRI web site is a directory
of professional restorers, refinishers, and conservators. Each PRI
member has an informative page with outline of their services.
Through a search of these member pages, a prospective client can find
the appropriate person for their project.
to Clean Coins
If the coins you would like to
clean are collectible or valuable, restoring them will almost always
reduce their value sometimes by as much as 90% and
cleaning wont improve their grading (the standards used by coin
collectors and dealers to evaluate a coin), so you should usually let
them be. If, however, youve just got some old coins around that
arent worth much more than their face value, but which you
would still like to make more presentable, try the techniques on this site.
Jewelry Designers & Company Information
Information on costume jewelry
designers and the jewelry marks they used on their respective designs.
Dictionary of Jewelry
A great glossary on jewelry terms.
Museum of Antique Samovars
An enormous Russian private
collection consisting of more than 400 items. You'll find samples
from the most famous samovar factories and amazing examples of
English and American bouillottes as well as items that serve
The American Numismatic Society
is a museum and research institute devoted to the study of coins from
all periods and cultures.
Search for silver at auctions
from around the globe.
A consulting and staffing firm
comprised of a variety of professionals who synergistically offer
their knowledge and experience in the art of private household
service. They provide information and training that enables estates
and households to work like an empowered organization that supports
all of its participants: family, household staff and service providers.
International Institute of Modern Butlers
Butlers and Household Managers
have traditionally been responsible for looking after the silver
(from the flatware to any silver art pieces) in the households they
serve. As a consequence, the silversmith often maintained a close
working relationship with butlers - and vice versa. That tradition
continues to this day and I, too, am associated with the butler
profession via the International Institute of Modern Butlers.
International Perfume Bottle Association
A worldwide nonprofit
organization of perfume bottle collectors & dealers with over
1,000 members in 20 countries. Membership includes a quarterly color
magazine, an annual world-class convention focusing on education as
well as sales, monthly e-mail news releases, a lending library of
rare and out of print books, and more.