The Silver Society & The Silver Study Group

I have been asked by members looking for further information to enhance their knowledge on the subject of silver, as a whole, as to where they may go. Many Silver Spoon Club members are already associated with The Silver Society and The Silver Study Group and a number with both. Below are details of the two, which I highly recommend for their knowledge and friendliness.

The Society was founded in 1958 to advance the study of silver of all periods, places and forms and it has always published a yearly journal containing papers read at its meetings.

In recent years, however, the Journal has expanded and it now has a wide range of articles; the latest research and thinking on old silver, the makers, the trade and patrons; newly made silver; sales through auctions and dealers; exhibitions and books; international collections. Recent articles include; Sheffield Plate; Attitudes to Silver; Castletop Vinaigrettes; Roman Baroque Silver.

Meetings are held regularly at their new venue, The Wax Chandlers' Hall in the City of London, next door to The Goldsmiths' Hall, where interesting lectures are given by wide variety of speakers. After the meetings many members go for dinner as a group for additional discussions on the talk and to show each other recent acquisitions.

The Society also organises private views to museums and exhibitions around the country and abroad with talks by the curators.

You can either join as a full member, costing 35.00, which entitles you to attend the meetings and lectures and receive the Silver Society Journal. Or just subscribe to the Journal at 18.00 p.a. and for overseas subscription 22.00 p.a.

For further information write to: The Scretary, The Silver Society, Suite 246, 2 Lansdowne Row, London, W1J 6HL or email:


Is a small group of enthusiasts, founded in 1981, who had completed a course at the Victoria & Albert Museum on "Silver & its Place in English Society" that covered silver from the Middle Ages to modern times. Since then membership has expanded to over 100 from the U.K. and abroad. They include collectors, researchers as well as people who are simply fascinated by old and new silver.

Meetings are held monthly on various days of the week with talks, special views, visits to collections and exhibitions mostly in the London area. Visits usually start in the early afternoon to allow out-of-town members to come along. Items may be brought along for discussion or identification. New members are made very welcome.

Residential Study Weekends are held around the country when members from further a field can participate. An Annual Lunch is held as an informal social occasion when friends and families are welcomed.

Their Website provides members with access to regular features on silver, the newsletter and the ability to send enquiries by email.

Annual subscription is 12.00 per person.

For further information write to: Silver Study Group, PO Box 93, London, NW4 3DW or visit their website at www.silverstudy


The Finial, June/July 2003

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