Silver collection goes on display at Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Renowned for having one of the world’s outstanding collections of British silver, the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, one of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has been actively building its American silver collection since 2009.


An example of one item featured in the exhibition Silver from Mine to Masterpiece, to open Sept. 12, 2015 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in Williamsburg, Va. (Photo courtesy Colonial Williamsburg)

To mark the reinstallation of Colonial Williamsburg’s permanent silver collection in its galleries comes Silver from Mine to Masterpiece, an exhibition of approximately 170 objects ranging from the typical to the exceedingly rare and dating from a circa 1530 ingot of silver to items made circa 1835. In addition to pieces from the permanent collection, the exhibition will also feature select objects on loan from private collections. The exhibition will be on view from September 12, 2015, to January 7, 2018.

For anyone who appreciates and admires silver — from the colonial period to the early 19th century — Silver from Mine to Masterpiece offers an extraordinary opportunity to see some of the finest examples of early English and American objects on view together for the first time and to learn about not only the objects themselves but also about silver as a material and the techniques used in its fabrication.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, visit or call 757-220-7724.