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Exploring the history of silver at Tennants Auctioneers

21 Nov 2014

Tennants Auctioneers

On Thursday 6th November, Sheffield Assay Office’s Curator and Librarian Emma Paragreen joined Mark Littler of the Silver Department at Tennants Auctioneers to give a joint lecture on the history of hallmarking and the work of Sheffield Assay Office followed by the development of styles in silver from 1600–1900. The lecture was delivered in the new facilities at Tennants Auction House in Leyburn and was well received by over 40 members of the general public who attended.

After the lecture there were many questions from people about the processes for testing precious metals and hallmarking. This was followed by afternoon tea in the Garden Rooms and visitors were given the opportunity to view and handle many items of silver that will be featuring in the forthcoming Fine Art Sale. Visitors were also privileged to see a rare George III Chinoiserie epergne by Thomas Pitts as part of a single owner sale on the 6th December. 

Feed back from our latest enquiry day:

"We all greatly enjoyed the Study Afternoon at Tennants and send many thanks to all who contributed to making it so successful. It was lovely to meet you and good to know that you will inform me of any future events.  With many congratulations to Emma and Mark for their interesting and informative talks".

If you would like to find out more about the history of silver, Mark Littler will be visiting Sheffield again next year to deliver another interesting talk. Check our 2015 events calendar for details. 

You can find out more about the history of hallmarking and our hallmarking services here.

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