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.
Robert Barker Bequest Grant 2021
The Silver Society is delighted to announce that it has received a generous legacy in the will of noted silver researcher, Robert Barker. The terms of his will state that the legacy should be used to encourage original research in the field of ‘eighteenth-century silversmiths from Great Britain, its colonies and possessions and their works’.
The Robert Barker Bequest will fund grants to individuals to assist with costs associated with research in these fields. Grant amounts will vary depending on the project but will not exceed £5000 and are not intended for projects involving commercial profit.
Grant applications, which should include an abstract of the proposed research, an academic reference and a detailed budget, should be submitted by 6 September of this year. Further grant rounds will be announced in subsequent years. Applications will be reviewed by a specially convened panel and successful applicants will be announced on 4 October.
Grantees will be expected to submit the results of their research to the Silver Society in the form of a paper, which may be published in the Society’s Journal. They may also be invited to speak at a future Silver Society meeting.
For further information about applications and conditions, please contact the Grants Secretary, Emma Paragreen on firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are invited by 6 September 2021 to support research in the field of 18th Century silversmiths from Great Britain, its colonies and possessions and their works.
THE YOUNG SILVERSMITH
SILVER SOCIETY PRIZE
The Silver Society is pleased to announce the launch of its annual Young Silversmith Prize of £500 for 2021. The Prize is awarded to a silversmith who is either aged under 35 or in the first five years of their career as a practicing silversmith
The competition will be conducted virtually and submissions should be made by email to email@example.com by 30 September 2021
The submission should be a piece of silver, either made specially for the competition or pre-existing. The portfolio should include images of the piece, a description of its manufacture and its hallmarks. It may also include any other relevant material, such as design drawings, a video or a commentary on the sources of inspiration
The entrant should be aged 35 or under by 31 December 2021 or have worked as a practicing silversmith for less than five years
The submission may not be a piece of jewellery
The competition will be judged by an expert panel and the winner will be announced on 25 October 2021 and will receive a cash prize of £500
The winning piece and a profile of its maker will be included in the 2022 Silver Society Journal.
THE WINNER OF THE SILVER SOCIETY PRIZE FOR SILVERSMITHING IN 2020:
MANASI DEPALA FOR HER DREAMY DISH
Next Members meeting 25 October 2021