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News from February 2012

RISING DEMAND FOR VALUATIONS AT HOME

There has been a significant increase in the demand for Home visits with some clients needing to have their entire jewellery, watch and silverware collection re-assessed. For customers with a substantial collection to be valued this can be a very worthwhile option. It saves the time consuming task of packaging large items to take them to the valuer and offers the luxury of one to one access to the SafeGuard valuer's knowledge and independent expertise for the whole day in the comfort of the cli…

By admin | Feb 24th, 2012
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THE ELEGANT MATTHEW BOULTON

This week’s Treasure of the Week is a silver bread basket by the Matthew Boulton & Plate Co, which was the company that succeeded Boulton & Fothergill after John Fothergill’s death in 1782. The basket dates from 1788 and was hallmarked in Birmingham. It stands 29 cm high and is made from heavy-gauge silver wire. It is a particularly fine example of wirework, which Matthew Boulton considered to be one of the specialities of the Soho Manufactory, and utilised machinery in its production. …

By admin | Feb 22nd, 2012
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BACKSTAGE AT THE MUSEUM

On Saturday, 18th February, Sally Hoban, Heritage & Training Officer at the Assay Office, attended the Backstage Pass event at the Black Country Living Museum. The day gave visitors to the museum the chance to meet representatives from local heritage organisations and find out more about their collections and how to access them. The aim was to encourage them to write about what they saw during the event and share this information and their photographs through Wikipedia entries. Blogs an…

By admin | Feb 22nd, 2012
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BRITISH SILVER WEEK 2012 FESTIVAL OF SILVER IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PEARSON COLLECTION ANNOUNCE 2012 DESIGN COMPETITION

  The  Pearson  Silver Foundation Design competion for a single vase or pair of vases in which to display two M&S mixed posies  PRIZE £1000 ELIGIBILITY   This competition is open to all silversmiths who are working or studying in the UK. Entrants are permitted to submit up to two entries for this competition.   THE COMPETITION   To design either a single vase to display two M&S Mixed Posies of a pair for each to display one M&S Mixed Posy.   The Marks & …

By admin | Feb 21st, 2012
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