One of the reasons why people specialise in silver is that the study of such is often associated with the object rather than the maker. Whereas some enthusiasts become incredibly focused on Dr Wall period Worcester, or 18th century Meissen Kandler figures, for example, the study of silver is Read more
It’s little wonder silver is such an attractive collectable – not only does it hold its intrinsic metal value regardless of changes in fashion, but the fact that many pieces are small means storage is relatively easy. Here Ben introduces Georg Jensen, a maker whose distinct style has enduring Read more
Pewter, brass, copper, Sheffield plate and electroplate are just some of the commonly seen metals that have been used to make a wide variety of decorative and utilitarian objects throughout the centuries. Many of these are now highly collectable and can rival silver objects in price.
Dating unmarked metal objects Read more
Despite the vagaries of fashion, old silver has remained one of the most enduringly popular collecting areas, and if you know what to look for, there are plenty of affordable finds out there.
From the earliest times, silversmiths realised that pure silver was unworkably soft, and had to be mixed Read more
Bluish-white metallic element. It is used to form various alloys such as brass, bronze and nickel silver. Zinc was not produced commercially in Britain until the 18thC.
Various isolated examples of the use of impure zinc in ancient times have been discovered. A possibly prehistoric statuette containing 87.5% zinc Read more
White bronze is an ideal substitute for nickel and silver because of its appearance and chemical properties. It is nonmagnetic, very smooth, and virtually nonporous. It resists corrosion and breakdown. It does not tarnish and so has an advantage over silver.
It is actually not bronze, but an alloy of Read more
Tungsten Carbide is an inorganic chemical compound which contains equal numbers of tungsten and carbon atoms. In its most basic form, it is a fine gray powder which can be pressed and formed into shapes for use in industrial machinery, tools, abrasives, as well as men’s jewellery.
The notable and Read more
Titanium is obtained from various ores that occur naturally on the earth. The primary ores used for titanium production include ilmenite, leucoxene, and rutile. Other notable sources include anatase, perovskite, and sphene.
The applications of titanium and its alloys are numerous. The aerospace industry is the largest user of titanium Read more
A harvest of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver so beautiful it brought tears to the eyes of one expert, has poured out of a Staffordshire field. The largest hoard of gold from the period ever found.
The weapons and helmet decorations, coins and Christian crosses amount to more than 1500 pieces, Read more