Who was America’s first silversmith? That’s a tricky question that can only be answered as follows
Q. What’s the difference between a hallmark, housemark, and a maker’s mark? These terms are commonly confused...
If you’re a silver lover, here’s something else you’ll appreciate about this lustrous metal: It can kill or suppress the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, mold, and fungus.
As a silver restoration and conservation specialist, I have many years of knowledge about chemical dips. I routinely receive objects for refinishing due to damage from these horribly destructive products.
I find it’s time to discuss a very troubling trend I’ve witnessed in silver displayed in museums: over cleaning.
Are you a silver lover? Do you own sterling flatware, a tea set or a simple flower vase? If you do, you know the inherent beauty of the material and its functionality.
You just forced a candle into one of the candle cups of a weighted, two-arm candelabra. What you didn’t expect to experience was the arm being ripped from its stem.
Silver teapots, coffeepots, boxes, ink wells, and anything with a hinged top, may become unsettled in the way they sit due to rough treatment.
Normally, if an object is solid silver it will be indicated on the piece. Examples of marks are: Sterling, 925, 925/1000, 900, Coin, Standard, 9584 (English Britannia), 800 (Germany), 84 (Russia), etc.