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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

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

A Glimpse of History in Game of Thrones

In preparation for Season 6 of the HBO hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones, I recently began re-watching some earlier seasons (Who can remember everything otherwise?). Low and behold, I noticed something I never had previously in the first episode of Season 5, “The Wars to Come”. Being the art history nerd that I am, it was not another subtle plot point I missed the first go around, but a gold cup.

Tyrion Lannister, having just arrived in Pentos, is shown drinking from a small gold cup with a distinct handle and repoussé scenes of bulls.… Read More

Exploring Early American and English Silver at Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg organized a symposium during the first weekend of May this year titled, “A Handsome Cupboard of Plate Revealed: Early American and English Silver.” Hosted by the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, the symposium was held in conjunction with the opening of an exhibition of silver from the Cahn Collection and featured a variety of renowned speakers. The discussions ranged from how and where silver is mined to the influence of Huguenot craftsmen on 18th century silver in England and America.… Read More

Fabulous Hand-crafted Jewelry by Early Modernist Margret Craver

Have you ever heard of Margret Craver? This amazing silversmith and master jeweler lived to 103, but many people do not even know her name. Although several museums exhibit examples of her early modernist jewelry, her work has never sold at auction… until now.