Tag Archives: Silver at auction

Hester Bateman: Domestic Silver in 18th Century England

Hester Bateman (1708–1794) is considered one of England’s most successful woman silversmiths of the late eighteenth century due to her entrepreneurial acumen. From a poor background and no formal education, she married the goldsmith and chain maker John Bateman at 24. Upon his passing in 1760, the widowed Hester took over the shop, registering at London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall on April 16, 1761 with the first of her nine ‘HB’ marks.

‘HB’ mark

Over the next 30 years, along with her sons, Jonathan and Peter, and daughter-in-law Ann, Hester Bateman built up the family business using thin gauge sheet silver, specializing in household silver.… Read More

Under the Tent Consignment Event | Fine Silver

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 | MARLBOROUGH | 10AM-4PM

Have you been wondering when the best time would be to sell silver? It’s now. Following our highly successful spring and summer auctions, we are currently accepting consignments for fall 2020 sales. The market for silver is robust with high prices across all categories. 

Join us on Wednesday, September 16, to have your silver evaluated for our upcoming auctions! Skinner specialists will be hosting an outdoor Under the Tent Consignment Day at our Marlborough Gallery from 10am to 4pm.… Read More

Silversmithing Demonstration | October 30

Join us in Marlborough for a Silversmithing Demonstration

Wednesday, October 30 | 5:30–6:30PM

Silversmith Stephen Smithers will demonstrate and discuss American silversmithing tools, techniques, and practices of the late 17th through early 19th centuries with an emphasis on the techniques used by New York silversmith Simeon Soumaine, in the creation of the rare set of three casters offered in the November 2 & 3 American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction.Read More