The Silver Society

The Silver Society was founded in 1958 to advance the study of silver of all periods, places and forms. A London-based international organisation, our object is also to widen the appreciation and knowledge of work in silver, including plated wares, as well as in other precious metals such as gold and platinum.

Members of The Silver Society are collectors, authors, museum staff, researchers, dealers, auctioneers, working silversmiths and other interested individuals who share a common interest in silver. Membership is international with more than a third living outside the United Kingdom.

We publish an annual journal, Silver Studies, to which it is possible to subscribe without being a full member of the Society.

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In an innovative new collaboration, the Silver Society, the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Goldsmiths’ Centre are to present an exciting online course on the history of British silver from the sixteenth century to the present day. A series of talks, held over six weeks, will explore the evolution of forms and styles, illustrated by outstanding objects from collections across the world and enriched by close-up examinations of historic and contemporary masterpieces from the celebrated collection of the Goldsmiths’ Company.

Each session will be presented by Timothy Schroder and Lucy Morton.

What does this course cover?

Each of the weekly sessions will be in two parts: beginning with a narrative chapter on the history and stylistic development of British silver, followed by a presentation focusing on a particular aspect of the history of the goldsmith’s craft.

The course will include discussions with Dr Dora Thornton, Curator of the Goldsmiths’ Company collection, Dr Robert Organ, Head of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office and Peter Taylor, Director of the Goldsmiths’ Centre. A special feature of the course will be close-up visual access to the treasures of the Goldsmiths’ Company’s collection. Participants will be guided through topics such as silversmithing techniques, hallmarking, and fakes and forgeries.

Weekly course themes:

Week 1: The Tudor Period and Silversmithing Techniques

Week 2: The Seventeenth Century and Silversmithing Techniques 

Week 3: Huguenot and Rococo and An Introduction to Hallmarks

Week 4: Neoclassical and Regency and Fakes and Forgeries

Week 5: The Victorian Age and Provincial Silver

Week 6: 1900 to today and Connoisseurship.

The course will be taught online through the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Zoom Webinar platform. Each session will last for 120 minutes including a 5 minute break and a Q&A session at the end.

Price: £90 for the full course. A concessionary rate of £60 is offered for members of the Silver Society, the Goldsmiths’ Company History Group and Link Members and Gold Members of the Goldsmiths’ Centre. Members of the ECSG of the Silver Society, apprentices and students are asked to pay £30.

This online course is hosted by the Silver Society with box office and technical support from the Goldsmiths’ Centre.

Booking details will be announced shortly and posted on the Silver Society and Goldsmiths’ Centre websites.

Timothy Schroder: is a past Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company and President of the Silver Society and has written widely on many aspects of British silver. His publications include ‘A Marvel to Behold’: Gold and Silver at the Court of Henry VIII and British and Continental Silver in the Ashmolean Museum.

Lucy Morton: worked in the antique silver business throughout her career and has edited Silver Studies the Journal of the Silver Society for a number of years. She is a liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company.

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THE

SILVER SOCIETY PRIZE

 FOR SILVERSMITHING 2021

 

WE ARE VERY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE WINNER IS

REBECCA OLDFIELD

for her

IRIS WALL SCONCE

The Iris Wall Sconce was Rebecca’s response to the patterns and structures that she found in microscopic images of the iris of the human eye.  In her final piece she has combined the lines and the textures visible in the iris under high magnification.  The result is a considered and elegant piece which is both well designed and executed.

The judges said that Rebecca’s presentation was detailed, clear, and impressively professional. The research and development that went into her design was evident, with consideration for details like hidden fixings and ease of cleaning. Protoyping the entire piece in gilding metal obviously contributed to the finesse of the ultimate result. They much look forward to seeing how Rebecca’s work develops in the future. Further images of her work can be seen on her website

https://www.rebeccaoldfield.co.uk/

Rebecca commented: I am absolutely thrilled to have won the Silver Society Prize for my Iris Wall Sconce which is my largest and most technically challenging piece to date. Winning this award and having the wonderful feedback from the judges means a great deal to me and gives me greater confidence to continue pushing myself and my future designs in silver.

The Silver Society Prize is awarded to a silversmith who is either aged under 35 or is in the first five years of their career as a practicing silversmith.

Members Notification:

Next Members meeting 29 November 2021 (AGM)