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a berry spoon (above) by Frank W. Smith
Silver Company of Gardner, Massachusetts,
circa 1905, shows an intricate lion pattern,
while the single Georg Jensen candlestick
(facing page) was designed by Harald
Nielsen in Denmark, circa 1933-1944.
From ancient times to the present, silver has been treasured for both its beauty
and its value as a metal. Handcrafted and
durable, it was used thousands of years
ago for religious and ceremonial objects.
In New England, not only has silver been
a prized domestic possession since Colonial times, but it also has a long history of
local craftsmanship (Revolutionary War
hero Paul Revere was, after all, a Boston
silversmith). Regional makers of silver tankards, teapots, platters, and flatware such
as Gorham, Durgin, Tuttle, Newell Harding, Wallace, and Reed & Barton, all well-known names to collectors, were producing
silver starting in the mid-1800s through the
1950s (and into the present day for Reed &
Barton), a time frame that is widely considered the heyday of American silver making.
While sterling silver objects, which
contain at least 92. 5 percent pure silver, are
highly desirable, prices are correspondingly
high: A circa 1910 sterling presentation set
(punch bowl, tray, and 12 cup holders) by
Gorham was recently priced at $50,000 at
Skinner Inc., auctioneers and appraisers in
Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts.