Sheffield Plated Silver

Long before the electroplating process was discovered less expensive Sheffield plate was the only alternative to manufacturing with sterling silver. Although a dated method, Sheffield plate is still made today and is regarded as somewhat superior to electroplating.

Two things contributed the primary ingredients that led to the development of plated silver. The . . . → Read More: Sheffield Plated Silver

Colonial American Pewter: The Danforth Family

Few names associated with American pewter carry the clout, rooted in long tradition, of the Danforths of Connecticut. From the middle of the 18th century and for a hundred years the Danforth family produced many of the finest pewter flatware and tankards produced in America. Even today, after a lengthy break in the . . . → Read More: Colonial American Pewter: The Danforth Family

What is Pewter?

The pewter beer pot is to many the most recognizable symbol of American household antiques. It is difficult to picture several of the founding fathers without one in their hand. Of course, pewter has been used to make a great deal more than colonial era drinking vessels. The dull gray but strangely compelling . . . → Read More: What is Pewter?

Antique Weather Vanes

Weather vanes have become something of a darling among antique and folk-art collectors in recent years. It is easy to see why. They are beautiful pieces of Americana. The intricacy and workmanship applied to an object no one will ever see up close is art for its own sake. They surprise us when we . . . → Read More: Antique Weather Vanes

Cleaning and Caring for Antique Silver

Collectible silverware is one of the great joys of the antique world. There is something uniquely personal about it. Unlike many antique collectibles silverware is not just for show and safekeeping. Silverware is a valuable antique you can use. The simple practicality of silverware adds to the beauty of its elegant materials. There . . . → Read More: Cleaning and Caring for Antique Silver