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AN ILLUSTRATED GLOSSARY
THE WHAT IS? SILVER DICTIONARY:|
A: advertisements in silver - Aladdin lamp - alphabetic symbols (British Silver Plate) - ancient advertisements - anointing spoon - apostle spoon - apple corer - argyle - argyll - Artel (Kiev-Kostroma) - Artel (Moscow) - Artel (St.Petersburg) - asparagus fork - asparagus holder - asparagus server - assayer mark
B: baby rattle - bed warmer - beehive honey-pot - bell - berry spoon - betel box - bib holder - bigorne - biscuit warmer - boatswain's call - bombilla - bosun whistle - bottle ticket - bougie-box - bourdalou - brandy saucepan - bratina - brazier - bread-basket - Britannia metal - British hallmarking - Broad Arrow - buckle - butter cooler - butter dish - butt marker
C: caddy spoon - cake-basket - canteen - card tray - caster - castor - cayenne scoop - cayenne spoon - chanukah lamp - charka - chatelaine - cheese toaster - chota peg - cigar lighter - close plating - coach pot - coaster - coat of arms - cocktail shaker - coffee-cup holder - coin holder - coronation regalia - counter holder - cow creamer - cream scoop - cream skimmer - crest - 'crown' mark on sterling silver and silverplate - cruet stand - crumb scoop - crumb tray
D: dance card - decanter-stand - decanter wagon - dish cross - dish ring - dog-nose spoon - doll's house miniature - duty dodger - duty mark
E: egg boiler - egg coddler - egg cup - egg-cup frame - egg spoon - electrotype (metalwork) - ember bowl - entrée dish - EPBM - E.P.B.M. - epergne - EPNS - E.P.N.S. - esrog box - etrog container - etui - ex voto - eye bath
F: Factories, Plants, Shops and Workshop - fakes on silver - false filigree - family crest (UK) - fiddle spoon - filigree - fish server - fish slice - flagon - flatware patterns - fob - folding biscuit box - folding knife - fruit knife - funnel
G: galvanoplasty - glass holder - gilded silver - Goldsmiths' Hall
H: hallmark - hallmarking (British) - hallmarking (contemporary UK) - Hanau silver - hand warmer - Hanoverian spoon - hanukah lamp - heraldry (UK) - hip flask - holy water font - horse hoof inkwell - hot water urn - hovedvandsæg - how to decrypt silverplate marks - How to read UK sterling silver marks
I: ice water pitcher - import marks (UK) - Indian Peace Medals - inkstand
J: jewelers trade card - Jewish ritual silverware - journeyman mark - Judaica - julep cup
K: kiddush beaker - kiddush cup - kiddush goblet - knife rest - kokoshnik - kovsh
L: leopard's head - London hallmarks - lozenge mark - lucerna - luckenbooth
M: maker's mark - mark - marrow scoop - marrow spoon - Martelé (Gorham) - matchbox holder - mate - mazarine - mazer - mechanical pencil - medicine spoon - memento mori - menorah - mether cup - miniature silverware - mint julep cup - monteith - mote skimmer - mote spoon - moustache cup - moustache spoon - muffineer - mustache cup - mustache spoon - mustard-pot
N: nef - nipple shield - nutmeg grater
O: oil lamp - Old English Spoon - old sheffield plate - Oneida advertisements in WWII - openwork - overlay glass
P: pap-boat - patent mark (British) - patterns flatware (USA) - pax - penknife - pepper caster - pepperette - pickle spoon - pipe lighter - pipe makers - pipe mounters - pocket knife - podstakannik - pomander - posy holder - potato ring - presentation silver to indians - prickling - propelling pencil - pseudo hallmark (sterling silver) - pseudo hallmarks (Italy) - pseudo hallmarks (silverplate) - punch ladle
R: racing-bell - rattle - reliquary - revolving butter dish - Russian fakes
S: saddle flask - salt - salt cellar - salt shaker - salt throne - salver - samorodok (technique) - Scottish Provincial Silver - sheffield plate - shooting field place finder - shotgun place finder - silent butler - silver advertising - silver-gilt - silver overlay glass - skillet - snuff mull - soap box - sovereign holder - spice box - spice tower - spoon goblet - spoon holder - spoon warmer - sponge box - stamp case - string holder - sugar nips - sugar tongs
T: talc bottle - tankard - taper-box - tea caddy - tea canister - tea glass holder - tea kettle - teapot with stand - tea tongs - tea urn - Tenby Jug - toast rack - toast tray - toasted-cheese dish - tobacconists - toothpick holder - torah breastplate - torah pointer - torah shield - town mark - trade card - trade marks UK (figural) - trade marks USA (figural and literal) - trade name (UK silverplate) - trefid spoon - trencher salt - trifid spoon - ceremonial trowel - tussie mussie - tyg
U: Unidentified marks on British Silverplate
V: vegetable dish - vermeil - vesta case - vinaigrette
W: wager cup - waiter - wall sconces - Warwick cruet stand - waste bowl - watch fob - wavy-end spoon - wax-jack - whiskey jug - whisky noggin - Wiener Werkstatte - wine-bottle coaster - wine-bottle stand - wine funnel - wine label - wine trolley - women silversmiths - workman mark
Y: yad - Yogya silver
Soon I discovered that collecting silver is an expensive business. To collect "antique" silver is a "highly" expensive business. You may have an idea of prices looking at a Sotheby's or Christie's auction catalog, where thousands of dollars are requested for any antique silver object.
Then, I decided to devote my research (and my limited resources) to collecting Continental Silver, particularly of small dimension, attaining the result of contain costs and reduce spaces necessary to preserve my growing collection. I was able to acquire some pieces of the 18th century and much more of the 19th century. Even though my main interest is for silver objects, in recent years I've begun to buy non-silver related items, including in my collection some pieces as cameo glass vases, "barbotine" dishes, portrait miniatures, shell cameo brooches, and others.
At the present I continue to look for silver and objects of vertu pieces, with preference for items of uncommon shape or use, and I've extended the field of my research to the internet.
In this site I illustrate some of my preferred pieces. You may click on the item's index to see photos and description of the objects. I hope you'll like them.
On April 2004 I've founded ASCAS - Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver.
ASCAS is an association between collectors and lovers of antique silver. Its objective is to promote friendship between its members and to spread knowledge of antique silver items, their hallmarks and their workmanship techniques.
ASCAS has 250 members throughout the world and every month publishes a monthly newsletter on its website www.ascasonline.org . It contains many interesting articles related to silver written by its members. Its archive is now the wider gathering of articles related to silver freely available on the web.
none of the objects are for sale, but comments and suggestions would always be welcome.
There are only few
SILVER AUCTION SOTHEBY'S AND CHRISTIE'S CATALOGS
AND SOME OLD COPIES OF "SILVER MAGAZINE" AND "SILVER-RAMA"
AVAILABLE FOR SALE
as I've two copies on my private collection.
If you are interested to Auction Catalogs: click here Silver Magazine: click here
AVAILABLE NOW A LOT OF RARE ISSUES OF SILVER-RAMA (1969/70) AND SILVER MAGAZINE (1971/73)