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The Guide to
Evaluating Gold & Silver Objects
"The Guide" is the definitive reference on
determining precious metal content in antiques and
jewelry. Any dealer, collector, appraiser or
silversmith will appreciate the numerous approaches
to testing for precious metal content. How and when
to perform these tests (simple "no tools or
chemicals", acid/touchstone, hand held electronic,
advanced scientific, and many others) is shown to
the reader in simple to understand steps. See
The Book of Silver; Flatware Silver Marks & Patterns
The Martins' system for researching and
cataloging American Sterling Silver flatware is
fast becoming the standard. Their unique approach
allows for the most up to date information to be at
your finger tips. The photography is the most
detailed of any reference available today. Every
subscriber to The Book of Silver may also
contribute his own research for publication in the
Book of Silver. See samples pages online.
A visit with Betty Cooke,
Betty Cooke, designer, silversmith is a living
legend in modernist jewelry genre. Many of her
designs have been made and in demand for decades.
Her body of work is impressive and keeps growing.
See the story &
photos online (click here).
Our visit with Robert
We had the opportunity to visit the silversmith
workshop of Robert A. Butler. His workshop is
impressive as well as the many beautiful items.
Robert is an accomplished smith with works in the
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. See the photos online
See Robert's latest commission: The Martin Cheese Scoop (click here)
Our visit to Old Newbury
We had the distinct pleasure of being given a tour
of the Old Newbury Crafter's' facility by
silversmith, Geoffrey T. Blake. Each piece of
flatware is literally made by hand. To demonstrate,
Mr. Blake invited us to watch as he began to make a
spoon in the Oakleaf pattern. See the photos online.
A Collector's View®
It seems as if there is a collector for everything. It
takes a collectors view to discover the unique,
interesting, bizarre and fascinating aspects of
Speakers are available on a large variety of silver
and antiques topics. Topics include How to Start
a Collection, Fakes and Forgeries, Determining a
Value, Folklore, Victoriana Silver Whatzits,
Jewelry..... Other topics may be suggested.
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