Are you on the receiving end of our weekly AC Silver flyer and wonder why people would need more than one mustard pot?
At the beginning of my silverware adventure I would question this need and Mr Campbell would proceed to explain that there are collectors who want to expand their range with interesting, new and occasionally rare pieces. Due to their compact size and smaller amount of silver mustard pots are ideal to store and/or display, and easier on the wallet too.
My curiosity was piqued when a glossy brochure from ‘Essex Stamp Auctions’ was delivered. The publication showed the extensive range of items collected by a gentleman over a period of seventeen years. This collection of one hundred and eighteen items was now available to the general public at auction (on 22nd February).
The catalogue inspired me to review the collection to learn more about which features people focus on when starting to amass a serious collection.
There is a wide range of eras, makers and styles all in one brochure. Some of the examples that caught my attention included a Georgian pot-shaped mustard pot by William Bateman (Lot no. 54) and two rather fetching owl shaped pots with the original mouse spoons (Lot no 77/79).
Unfortunately a true collection cannot be based upon personal preference alone, there are other features you should consider:
- Check the condition of the piece – make sure any hinge is in working condition, and that there are no splits in the design.
- Examine the hallmarks – check to see if the hallmarks are legible and use them to determine the era and maker of the piece (and potentially, its authenticity).
If you would like to take a look at the catalogue I can’t offer you the glossy copy we received, but you can view the digital option: http://www.essexstampauctions.com/sales/TheSussexCollection/TheSussexCollection.pdf
Rachel O'Keefe-Coulson – Multimedia Executive
Rachel O'Keefe is our 'silver lady' spending her days handling silverware and processing these items for the AC Silver website. Amazingly, Rachel’s favourite items of silverware are spoons, for which she has developed a true affinity.