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Charles Horner hatpins – get the point?

February 25th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Up until the Regency period, ladies secured their hats – usually sensible affairs with tasteful frills – with ribbons, those imported from France being considered the most fetching.
In the 1820s and 30s, hats were still of a manageable size and small decorative hatpins were used unobtrusively to keep them in place.
But by the late Victorian period, hats began to grow, eventually to gargantuan proportions.
Two things quickly became vital additions to a woman’s wardrobe: one was sufficient hair – either her own or someone else’s in the form of a wig – with which to support the hat, the other, long hatpins with which to secure it.

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Tags: Hatpins · Silver

Devlin silver is the stuff of duchesses and dreams

May 23rd, 2008 · 5 Comments

CONFESSION: until this week, I had dismissed contemporary silversmith Stuart Devlin as the maker of quirky novelties sold for lots of money as “limited editions” either by mail order or else in shops too exclusive for their own good.

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‘Chocolate antiques’ are sweet collectors’ items

October 4th, 2007 · No Comments

Chocloate antiques are tasty

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Tags: Porcelain · Silver

Worth their salt

July 26th, 2007 · No Comments

I’m not fond of salt, unless of course it’s stuck to the rim of a glass of tequila. The news from health watchdogs that I might unwittingly be eating pounds of the stuff in my daily diet does my appetite no good at all. But there was a time and we couldn’t get enough. Before […]

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Tags: Glass · Silver

Silversmiths who kept greatness in the family

January 30th, 2007 · 2 Comments

by Christopher Proudlove© Fortunately for my bank manager, I don’t collect silver. If I did, the chance of finding – let alone affording – something made by Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751) is remote. One of the most celebrated and arguably greatest of all English gold and silversmiths, De Lamerie was a leading exponent of rococo […]

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Watch out – fake antique silver about, says London Assay Office

February 10th, 2006 · 1 Comment

The London Assay Office, where all silver has to be hallmarked as pure before it can be sold, took the unusual step this week of issuing a warning following the appearance on the market of a number of fake spoons. It appears that a number of auctioneers outside London received consignments from one vendor who […]

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Georg Jensen’s gems

January 29th, 2005 · No Comments

Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Português by Christopher Proudlove© The years 1890-1910 are known as the Art Nouveau period and the designs of almost everything took on a new artistic style that was in complete contrast to all that had gone before. It was a combination of ideas inspired by Japan, nature […]

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Hallmarks of quality

January 22nd, 2005 · 1 Comment

by Christopher Proudlove© HOME hint number one: next time you clean the family silver, stick a small strip of Sellotape over the hallmarks. Why? Quite simply to avoid them being rubbed away by over zealous polishing. Fact is, many people clean silver too often. It’s a soft metal and untold damage can result. Polish away […]

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