Important Silversmiths – Hunt & Roskell

This prestigious firm of jewellers and silversmiths was originally founded by Paul Storr in 1819 when he left Rundell & Bridge to go in partnership with John Mortimer. John Samuel Hunt joined the company after his apprenticeship with Paul Storr and took his place after he retired in 1838, changing the name of the company to Mortimer and Hunt. In 1843 John Mortimer retired and the firm became finally Hunt and Roskell. At that time it counted three partners: John Samuel Hunt, his son and Robert Roskell Jr. (son of a watchmaker from Liverpool).

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Important Silversmiths – Edward Farrell

Edward Farrell’s apprenticeship and early life is almost completely unrecorded. Although described in Holden's Triennial Directory of 1805-7 as a silversmith, we don’t have any information about his work until 1813, when he registered his first mark. The most productive phase of his career began when he associated with Kensington Lewis, a silversmith and retailer who counted the Duke of York among his prestigious clients.

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Faberge Workmasters

In 1872 Carl Fabergé took over his father’s company and in a few years turned the family business into the most famed and distinguished silver and jewellery brand.

In 1885 he was appointed as Imperial Goldsmith and Jeweller. In the same year he was commissioned by Tsar Alexander III to create the first Imperial Easter Egg as a gift for his wife Maria Feodorovna. The firm soon became the most popular supplier of gifts for the Imperial family and for Royal families including the British one. Fabergé artworks are still celebrated today, a hundred years after the forced closure of the company.

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Important Silversmiths – Paul Storr

Paul Storr is the most celebrated English silversmith of the Regency period and one of England’s most famed of all times.

Ranging from tableware to the most magnificent sculptural artworks, he made use of the most innovative technology to create extravagant and very sophisticated masterpieces.

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Important Silversmiths – Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith started his career working for Matthew Boulton, whose company produced plate, buckles and buttons. Described as button maker in 1794, he moved to London a few years later, in 1802, joining a partnership with his friend and silversmith Digby Scott. At that time he was already manufacturing for Rundell & Bridge, the most well-know luxury retailer of the first half of 19th Century. From 1807, Smith worked alongside Paul Storr and their designs, after the antique and in the neoclassical style, were often very closely related and difficult to distinguish.

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Exceptional Silversmiths Catalogue

We’re delighted to announce the release of our latest catalogue, this year we decided to focus on the biographies of the most renowned silversmiths rather than individual items. We believe in the importance of shedding some lights on the craftsmen behind some of the most beautiful items created.

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5 Great tips for taking care of your silver

Thanks to its durability and resistance, silver has been used for centuries to create luxury items as well as precious tableware and dining sets.

Nevertheless silver tends to turn dark when exposed to air and requires periodic care and polishing. Following a few simple tips, your silver will shine for years.

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Antique Silver Standards: Sheffield Plate

Sheffield Plate was developed in the middle of the 18th century as a more affordable alternative to sterling silver. It consists of a thin layer of silver applied over a thick sheet of copper, then pressed and hammered until the two metals are fused together. Once fused, the plated sheet acts exactly like sterling silver and it’s ready to be molded and shaped by the silversmith.

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