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decorative arts, where standards were not so closely regulated. As a result 'old plate' gained in value more for marks it bore and its 'fashion' than for its declining bullion worth. In 1883 Lucy Crane wrote:
    There has been lately a taste for old-fashioned plate so that specimens of it we still possess have now a chance of being taken care of, instead, as I can remember, of being sold merely for their value in weight, or exchanged for modish, and worse, only to be melted down into new and hideous shapes.
Edward Watherston. a retail goldsmith. complained in 1893 that: 'We are martyrs to the old plate craze - old Hallmarks. There are people who will give any price for antique plate. Garrard, the royal goldsmiths, had begun selling 'antique' examples of their own and other firm's silver over eighty years earlier. This is from Helen Clifford’s book Silver in London. One must remember that there was a time when collecting was not a pastime. For British silver it looks like it was before 1880.
This is from Helen Clifford’s book Silver in London. One must remember that there was a time when collecting was not a pastime. For British silver it looks like it was before 1880.

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