The History of Silver Pewter and Sheffield Plate

Fred W Burgess


Table of Contents

1. PREFACE
2. CHAPTER I ANTIQUE PLATE
THE SOURCES OF METALS.
INCENTIVES TO PRODUCTION.
PRECIOUS POSSESSIONS.
WASTAGE IN THE PAST.
CURIOS IN THE MAKING.
THE CREATION OF NEW FASHIONS
SOME EARLY CRAFTSMEN
NOBLE WORKERS
CELLINI
LATER SILVERSMITHS.
FORGERS' BLUNDERS.
3. CHAPTER III EARLY EXAMPLES
PREHISTORIC SILVER AND GOLD
JEWISH PLATE
4. GREEK AND ROMAN SILVER
CLASSIC DESIGN.
GREEK VESSELS AND THEIR NAMES.
ANCIENT RELICS SCATTERED.
DISCOVERIES AT POMPEII AND MYCENZ
REMAINS OF ROMAN BRITAIN
5. SILVER IN THE MIDDLE AGES.
BYZANTINE SILVER
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNS.
RELIGIOUS INFLUENCES.
THE SPLENDOUR OF THE PALACES
MEDIEVAL VESSELS
MUSEUM SPECIMENS.
6. THE MARKING OF SILVER
THE OBJECTS OF MARKS.
HALL MARKS
MARKS OF IDENTIFICATION.
PROVINCIAL HALL-MARKS.
IRISH AND SCOTCH MARKS.
LONDON DATE LETTERS
7. TUDOR PLATE
GREAT DISPLAYS OF PLATE
LOSSES TO COLLECTORS
DOMESTIC SILVER
8. DOMESTIC SILVER-SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
HISTORICAL INFLUENCES
CHANGES IN STYLE
HOUSEHOLD PLATE
9. DOMESTIC PLATE-EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL LIFE
INCREASED TRADE BROUGHT PROSPERITY
A TRANSITION PERIOD
A LANDMARK IN HISTORY
ARTISTIC TASTES
MUFFINEERS AND PEPPERETTES
A Dish of TEA
10. DOMESTIC PLATE-NINETEENTH CENTURY
SILVER SUBSTITUTES
WEIGHTY SILVER
REIGN OF VICTORIA
GREAT TRADE MOVEMENT
SILVER TO-DAY.
11. ECCLESIASTICAL PLATE
HOLY RELICS
ORIGIN OF EARLY CHURCH PLATE
ABBEYS AND MONASTERIES RICH IN PLATE
DESTRUCTION OF PLATE
SAVED FROM THE MELTING POT
LOVING RECORDS
DISCOVERIES OF RARE PLATE
A TRIBUTE TO LOCAL SOCIETIES
DISPOSAL OF CHURCH PLATE
MODERN ECCLESIASTICAL SPLENDOUR
12. ECCLESIASTICAL PLATE (Continued).
SHRINES
CROZIER AND CROOK
CHALICES AND PATENS
CRUETS, CENSERS AND THE, LIKE
CURIOS OF THE CHURCHES
CURIOS OF THE CHURCHES
13. COLLEGE PLATE
OXFORD PLATE
CAMBRIDGE PLATE
14. MUNICIPAL PLATE
MACES
SWORDS OF STATE
CIVIC TABLE PLATE
15. ROYAL PLATE
TRAGIC LOSSES
MEDIAEVAL ROYALTY
AFTER THE RESTORATION
THE KING'S DINING TABLE
ROYAL GIFTS
OLD PIECES
RARE PRESENTATION PLATE
16. AMERICAN PLATE
AMERICAN SILVER MINES
SILVERSMITHS
SOME CHARACTERISTICS
17. SPOONS
SPOONS OF ANTIQUITY
SPOONS KNOWN BY THEIR HANDLES
MAIDENHEAD, SEAL-TOPS AND OTHER SPOONS
SPOONS FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES
LADLES
18. TANKARDS AND CUPS
THE TANKARD
SILVER-MOUNTED STONEWARE JUGS
STANDING CUPS
IN THE CITY HALLS
LESSER CUPS
CUPS OF MANY KINDS
19. SALT CELLARS
USES OF SALT
THE STANDING SALT
"ABOVE AND BELOW" THE SALT
TRENCHER SALTS
BELL AND HOUR-GLASS SALTS
GEORGIAN SALTS
20. BOWLS AND MAZERS
AN ANCIENT FOOD VESSEL
WOOD AND SILVER MOUNTED BOWLS.
MONTEITHS
21. CANDLESTICKS
EARLY EXAMPLES
CANDLES IN RELIGIOUS SERVICE
THE CANDLEMAKER
CANDLEMAS DAY
DOMESTIC CANDLESTICKS
SNUFFERS AND TRAYS