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Notable Silversmiths

  

Silversmithing in England

Recovering from civil war, England’s economy started to revive at the beginning of the 18th century and grow steadily.  The country was in the ascendancy and, with the rise of England’s status and against a background of religious tolerance, it was an attractive place to be.In the 17th and 18th centuries the Huguenots fled persecution in France and were made welcome by the English.  

Many of the aristocratic Huguenots were not permitted to work at anything other than gold and silversmithing and the Guild of Goldsmiths was the only livery company that women and aristocrats could join.  It was felt that working “godly and princely metals” was suitable for “women and gentlefolk” to undertake.The early Huguenot goldsmiths passed on their excellent silversmithing expertise to other young English gold and silversmiths through the apprenticeship system and so built a thriving silver industry.  

These men and women created some of the finest examples of silversmithing ever seen, but their talents were almost entirely focused on creating magnificent articles for the aristocracy and the very rich. They survived because they had an abundance of wealthy patrons and supporters, most whom were also nobles and from the upper classes.The advent of the industrial revolution brought about not only the technology and philosophy to create large amounts of high quality merchandise, but also an emerging middle class to buy it and with Britain colonising the world there was an ever-increasing market for first class British goods.  Britain’s factories were producing the finest of everything that people around the world craved and the production of silverware was part of that exciting revolution.

 

Notable Silversmiths
Throughout its history of silversmithing England has produced a long list of excellent silver craftsmen, many of whom are listed here.  A few silversmiths and goldsmiths were outstanding for the sensational quality of the work they produced and these men and women are highlighted.

 

Abdy, William

Adams, George William

Aldwinckle & Slater

Allen, William

Archambo, Peter

Atkins, Henry

Barrat, William

Bateman, Anne

Bateman, Hester (1708- - 1794)

Bateman, William

Benny, Gerald

Boulton, Matthew (1728 - 1809)

Boyton, Charles

Braham, Joseph

Butty, Francis

Cachart, Elias

Cafe, John

Carr, Alwyn

Chawner, Henry

Chawner, Thomas

Coker, Ebenezer

Cook, Richard

Cope, William

Paul Crespin

Creswick, James

Crossley, Richard

Stuart Devlin  (Australia)

Dixon, James

Dresser, Christopher

Eaton, Elizabeth

Eaton, William

Eley, William

Elkington, Frederick

Emes, John

Evans, William

Fabergé (France)

Fearn, William

Fogelberg, Andrew

Frazer, Henry

Gardner, Richard

Garrard, Richard

Garrard, Robert (1793 - 1881)

Gould, James

Gorham (USA)

Gurney, Richard

Harris, Charles Stuart

Hawksworth Eyre & Co

Hennel, Robert

Higgins, Francis

Holland, Henry

Hunt & Roskell (1843 - 1897)*

Hunter, William

Hutton, William (1774 - 1842)

Jackson & Fullerton

Jensen Georg Arthur (Denmark)

Lias, Henry

Liberty & Co (1843 - 1935)

Lucas, Robert

Mappin & Webb

Mortimer & Hunt (1839 - 1843)

Mueller, Berthold (Germany)

Nelme, Anthony

Pantin, Simon

Pearce, Richard

Platel, Peter

Plummer, William

Puiforcat, Jean (1897 - 1945) (France)

Ramsden, Omar (1873 - 1939)

Revere, Paul (USA)

Schofield, John

Smith, Benjamin

Smith, George

Spencer, Edward Napier Hitchcock (Artificers' Guild) (1872 - 1938)

Stebbings, Robert

Stephens, Benjamin

Storer, George

Storr, Paul (1771 - 1844)

Summers, William

Tanqueray, Anne

Tiffany & Co (USA)

Unite, George

Wickes, George

Willaume, David