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A Guide to Gorham Silver Patterns: The Designs of F. Antoine Heller

What do these four silver flatware patterns have in common?

If you answered that they’re all Gorham, you’re correct. But there’s an even more interesting connection – the same designer conceptualized all four patterns: F. Antoine Heller.

F. Antoine Heller was born in France in 1845, and the Beaux Arts movement in France greatly influenced his development as an artist. He came to America in the late 1870s to work for Tiffany & Co., where some suggest that he helped design the celebrated Olympian pattern.… Read More

What are Antiques Worth? A Guide to the Collecting Market in 2013

Commonplace porcelain and glass items generally do not perform well at auction

“You don’t know until you ask,” a client told me the other day. I had just told her that her family’s antiques were not valuable enough to perform well at auction. In the antiques appraisal and auction business, people often show up with entire truck loads of antique items that they hope to auction. I do regularly find rare and valuable items, but just as often I have to say, “no, thank you” to everything.… Read More

Discovery Auction to Feature Vintage Accessories, Jewelry, and Silver

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – June 11, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will host a two-day Discovery auction on June 19th and 20th in itsMarlborough gallery. The first day of the sale will feature a diverse and remarkable collection of vintage accessories that once belonged to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The sale also presents an excellent selection of silver and estate jewelry, as well as furniture and decorative objects that will appeal to anyone looking for unique home décor.… Read More

Preserving the Past: What is the True Value of Silver?

It was once quite fashionable to display a silver tea and coffee service, a pair of candelabra, or a nice center bowl in your home. Just a few decades ago, fine dining was still a frequent occurrence and the appearance of a fine set of sterling flatware at the dinner table along with a set of Wedgwood china and some Baccarat stemware really set the tone of elegance, and added to the overall experience.

On today’s dinner table, more often than not we use silver plated or stainless steel flatware, and dishes and glasses compliments of Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Crate and Barrel, or Pottery Barn. Personally, I prefer stainless steel for everyday use and silver plate for more formal use. For some, dare I say, daily dinnerware consists of paper plates and plastic utensils.

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