It has been estimated that prior to 1525 only fewer than 400 English made silver articles have survived. After that until the nineteenth century silver was cheap and consequently items weren’t highly regarded, they were often melted down to make something else. This can make collecting silver both rewarding and a challenge!
Shall I Collect Silver?
Like all forms of collecting it is important to look at as many authentic pieces as possible. This should hopefully give you a feel for the genuine article. Check out local museums and reference books and actually feel items in antique shops, fairs. You can even ask families and friends if they are lucky to have some good quality silver. Ensure you look carefully, learn about the clever fakes that are out there.
In time you will learn to recognise the wonderful hallmarks and stamps on silver. British silver has a unique identification of hallmarks and there are many handbooks available which illustrate them all. This makes such silver highly collectible and you will soon learn to assess the look of the genuine marks.
Perhaps buying from a reputable dealer who will guarantee authenticity is the best way to start. As you gain confidence you can be ready to pounce on the real bargains. Feel your way into your collection and most of all enjoy. This web site is not a jewelry site but the ongoing work of a semi-retired silver dealer. There will be some pieces for sale from time to time, please contact us if you want more information, we are happy to answer any questions on specific items or even collecting silver in general.