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Silver Price Guide


Silver Appraisers

    Recommended

    Joseph P. Brady Appraisal Services
    2870 Peachtree Rd. #495
    Atlanta, GA 30305
    770/594-9293,

    Match Safe Appraisals
    Neil Shapiro
    128 Lancaster St.
    Albany, NY 12210-1904
    518/436-9522,
    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.

    E.B. Horn Co.
    Stephen Vaughan
    429 Washington St.
    Boston, MA 02108
    617/542-3902,

    Waterman Appraisal & Consulting Services
    Karen Waterman
    PO Box 134
    Barrington, RI 02806
    401/595-4225,


Silver Identification


Flatware Styles

Silver Companies (American)

    Gorham Manufacturing Company / International Silver Company / Kirk Stieff
    Towle Silversmiths / Tuttle Silver Company / Wallace Silversmiths
    Above companies now owned by Lifetime Sterling, c/o Lifetime Brands, Inc.
    PO Box 21379, York, PA 17402, 800/264-0758

    The Gorham Manufacturing Archive at Brown University
    Visit America's largest industrial archive! Also see roster of Gorham craftsmen.

    The 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.

    International Silver Company / Meriden Brittania Company / Rogers Bros.
    Wilcox Silver Plate Company / Wm. Rogers
    Above companies archived at the Meriden Historical Society, Records Center, 1090 Hanover Rd., S. Meriden, CT 06450, 203/639-1913. Hours: Wednesdays 2:00-4:30 pm.

    Lunt Silversmiths
    After declaring 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.

    Reed & Barton (no longer producing products in-house)
    144 West Britannia St., Taunton, MA 02780, 508/802-9042

    Stieff (out of business)
    Scott Perkins built the best resource for anyone researching Stieff's history and product identification. There is also a small section on Schofield Silver

     

    Individual Silversmiths

    Paul de Lamerie
    A mini-biography on Engand's most prominent Dutch-born silversmith.

    Paul Revere
    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.

    William Spratling Silver
    A great Web site with information on Mexico's most famous silversmith, William Spratling.

    Paul Storr
    England's most prominent English-born silversmith.


Silver Dealers & Auction Houses

A.B. Levy
211 Worth Ave.
Palm Beach, FL 33480
561/835-9139

Greenwald Antiques
3096 Mayfield Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
216/932-5535

As You Like It Silver Shop
3033 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
800/828-2311

Heritage Auction Galleries
1518 Slocum St.
Dallas, TX 75207
800/872-6467

Beverly Bremer Silver Shop
3164 Peachtree Rd. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30305
800/270-4009 

M. Ford Creech Antiques
581 South Perkins Rd.
Memphis, TN 38117
901/761-1163 

• Carman's Collectables
PO Box 258
Levittown, PA 19059
215/946-9315 

Marsh & Ackerman Antiques
PO Box 373
Swansea, MA 02777
508/675-4889, Cell: 508/277-9942

Christie's
20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020
212/636-2000

Online Sterling
2075 S. University Blvd.  #280
Denver, CO 80210
720/445-6222

Drucker Antiques, Inc.
487 East Main Street, Ste. 197
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
914/923-4560

Reliable Gold
81 Wayland Ave.
Providence, RI 02906
401/861-1414 

Firestone & Parson
8 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
617/266-1858

Sotheby's
1334 York Ave.
New York, NY 10021
800/813-5968


Silver & Its Uses


Engravers

See engraving samples here.

    Cynthia Sims Kirkland
    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)

    Steece Hermanson, Heirloom Hand Engraving
    PO Box 3807, Sumter, SC 29151, 888/481-3249, Fax: 888/481-3238,

    Brian Powley Engravers new
    Brian uses 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, 740/543-8448,

    Adone T. Pozzobon
    Specializing in highly detailed signet rings. 6 Leamington Ave., Etobicoke, Ontario M8Z 2W4 Canada, 416/231-9973, 877/231-9973,

    J.C. Randell
    J.C. specializes 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,


Museums

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
Museum of the City of New York, USA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, USA
Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, USA
Victoria & Albert Museum, England
Winterthur, USA
Worcester Art Museum, USA
Yale University Art Gallery, USA


Metal Newsgroups

Antique Silver
A place for dealers & collectors

ASCAS - Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver
This is a free association between collectors and lovers of antique silver.

rec.crafts.metalworking
A discussion group dealing with metalworking subjects.


Organizations

    Ganoksin
    The gem and jewelry world's foremost information resource on the Internet.

    Silver 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.


Silver Periodicals

    The 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.

    Silver Magazine
    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.

    SM Publishers
    Publishers of The Book of Silver, Flatware Silver Marks & Patterns, and The Guide to Evaluating Gold & Silver Objects.


Restoration Specialists By Medium

    Armour Restoration: Nigel Carren
    Historic european armour recreated and restored. 16th and 17th century armour and works in miniature a speciality.

    Book 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.

    Ceramic Restoration & Conservation: Bradshaw and Whelan
    Firm specializing in 18th century and earlier British, Continental and Oriental porcelain and pottery.

    Cookware 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.

    Crystal Restoration: Bruening Glass Works
    Enormously talented craftsman with a wide range of knowledge. Endorsed by Waterford and Orrefors.

    Enamel 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.

    Furniture 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.

    Gilding Restoration: Reed’s 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.

    Glass 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.

    Glass Restoration (Cleaning & Polishing): Good Ole' Bottles
    Removal of cloudiness (sickness) associated with calcium build-up or staining.

    Ivory 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.

    Japanese 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.

    Mirror 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.

    Niello 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.

    Paper 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 paper memorabilia.

    Picture 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. Jette, Jr.
Nickel-free plating with silver and gold of holloware and flatware. Roger Jette, Jr., 38 Vine St., Franklin, MA 02038, rojette@verizon.net, 508/520-1493.

    Tortoiseshell 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 specialty woods.

    Weaving 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.


Other Sites of Interest

    Museum of Fine Arts Silver Collection Search
    The MFA offers a fantastic view into their magnificent silver collection with discriptions of each piece

    Chinese Silver
    A site dedicated to Chinese export silver.

    Styles of Antique Silver
    An excellent encyclopedia of styles from Queen Ann through Queen Victoria from London retailer I. Franks. You can search by time period, then object.

    Antique Georgian Silver Sugar Tongs
    Web-site dedicated 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 this period.

    Match Safes
    Nice collection of sterling match safes - primarily American and British.

    Restoration Terminology & Definitions
    Prepared by Professional Restorers International, this glossary has a wealth of information  pertaining to the restorers' field.

    Professional Restorers International
    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.

    How 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 won’t improve their grading (the standards used by coin collectors and dealers to evaluate a coin), so you should usually let them be. If, however, you’ve just got some old coins around that aren’t worth much more than their face value, but which you would still like to make more presentable, try the techniques on this site.

    Costume Jewelry Designers & Company Information
    Information on costume jewelry designers and the jewelry marks they used on their respective designs.

    Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry
    A great glossary on jewelry terms.

    The 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 different purposes.

    American Numismatic Society
    The American Numismatic Society is a museum and research institute devoted to the study of coins from all periods and cultures.

    Barneby's Auctions
    Search for silver at auctions from around the globe.

    Feigon Hamilton
    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.

    The 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.

    The 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.


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