Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Adrien von Ferscht on Chinese Export Silver
In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with Adrien von Ferscht, of Glasgow, Scotland, on the subject of antique Chinese Export Silver. Von Ferscht is a pure academic researcher and provides an astounding amount of resources on his blog, Chinese Export Silver. He has published a catalog of marks from […]
Cincinnati Silver Tableware Still Shines 200 Years Later
When Cincinnati’s first settlers arrived in 1788, they dreamed of establishing a trade center along the water highway of the Ohio River. Their primary concern was continuing hostilities with the Indian tribes who had lost their hunting grounds in Kentucky and were determined not to be pushed further west by new waves of white settlers. […]
Sheffield and Silver Plate: What to Look For
The social background for the discovery of the methods of plating on copper used in the Sheffield process is quite interesting. It was a time of rising expectations for an emerging merchant class distinct for the upper class in England. These newly wealthy families wished to live with silver luxuries befitting their new status. Unfortunately […]
Dating Mexican Silver
Mexico’s tradition of magnificent silverwork dates as far back as the 1530s. Mexico has abundant deposits of precious metals, so it was natural that a thriving jewelry and hollowware market would evolve there. But establishing authenticity, purity and age – especially for vintage and antique pieces – can be challenging.
Sterling & Silver-Plated Antiques
In general, the term Sterling Silver is meant to distinguish items that are composed of mostly solid silver as opposed to Silver-Plated that have only a thin surface layer of silver. However, there are several other distinctions, some using terms that can be confusing and often lead to a misunderstanding of an item’s composition and hence its value.
Antique Doernbecher Bedrm Set, Rogers Bros Silverware, Evening In Paris, Hoffman: Easy Vision, Pacifica, Model 21807
The Estate has, items in very good condition, with minor distress: H & C Bavaria Plates (90pcs), Crooksville China floral plates (5 pcs), Antique Doernbecher Dbl. Bed set with Lead Mirror/Vanity, Chifforette, Vintage L.A. Furniture 1970s solid wood Dbl. Bed set, Remembrance & Queen Bess Silverware and Silver plated cutlery (50 pcs).
How To Clean Silver–Buyer Beware
There are many products out there on the market assuring you that their quick and easy method will not only clean your silver to its original pristine color and condition but will provide testimonials attesting to the efficaciousness of the product supplied by museums, cathedrals and “as seen on TV.” Ultimately, when done, they’ll have you convinced that your piece of silver will be whistlin