THE SILVERSMITHS OF BIRMINGHAM and their marks: 1750-1980 by Kenneth Crisp Jones

An excellent study of Birmingham silversmiths, with the most comprehensive listing of makers’ marks available for this silversmith centre. The book plots the history of silver production in Birmingham from before the opening of the assay office in 1773, through to the late 20th century, particularly highlighting the influence of Matthew Boulton and Elkington & Co, both of which have lengthy chapters devoted to them.The concluding chapter has a very good and illustrative guide to silversmithing techniques. 

Although it has limited reference to spoon making, the book is an excellent read and highly recommended for collectors who want to know more about this major silver producing centre and its’ makers.

Rating *****


416 pages 210 x 295mm.

Published: 1981

Publisher: NAG Press