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Introductory works

  • Blair, C. (ed.), The History of Silver (London, 1987)
  • Glanville, P., Silver (London, 1996)
  • Truman, C. (ed.), Sothebys Concise Encyclopedia of Silver (London,1993)

General works

  • Clayton, M., The Collectors Dictionary of the Silver and Gold in Great Britain and North America (Woodbridge, 1985)
  • Glanville, P., Silver in England (London, 1987)
  • Gruber, A., Silverware (New York, 1985)
  • Hernmarck, C., The Art of the European Silversmith, 1430-1830 (London, 1977)
  • Langford, J., Silver: A Practical Guide to Collecting Silverware and Identifying Hallmarks (London, 1996)
  • Newman, H., An Illustrated Dictionary of Silverware (London, 1987; paperback 2000)
  • Oman, C., English Domestic Silver, London, 1934 and Later London (London, 1985)
  • Schroder, T., The National Trust Book of English Domestic Silver, 1500-1900 (London, 1989)
  • Lomax, J., Rothwell, J., Country House Silver from Dunham Massey (The National Trust, 2008)
  • Shroder, T. (ed.), The Gilbert Collection at the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum, 2009)

More detailed reading

Sacred Silver

  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Victorian Church Art (London, 1971)
  • Alcouffe, D., Dion-Tenebaum, A., Ennes, P., Un Age d'Or des Arts Decoratifs, 1814-1848 (Paris, 1991)
  • Aldrich, M., A.W.N Pugin: Master of Gothic Revival (New York, 1995)
  • Berthod, B., Fugier, E., Dictionnaire des Arts Liturgiques- XIXe-XXe siecle (Paris, 1996)
  • Betjeman, J., Bury, S., Smith, E., Copy or Creation. Victorian Treasures from English Churches (London, 1967)
  • Braun, J.,  Die Reliquiare (Freiburg, 1940)
  • Chadwick,  O., The Victorian Church (London, 1970)
  • Kitzinger, E., Eucharistic Vessels of the Middle Ages (Cambridge, USA ,1975)
  • Lasko, P., Ars Sacra, 800-1200  (London, 1994)
  • Frazer English,  M., Medieval Church Treasuries (New York, 1985)
  • Thompson, P., William Butterfield (London, 1971)
  • Bazzo, Evelina, 1970-1995: The Work of the Silversmith's Studio, San Lorenzo, Milano (London, V&A 1995)
  • Wainwright, C. , Atterbury, P., Pugin: A Gothic Passion. A.W.N. Pugin 1812-1852 exhibition (London, 1994)


  • Barrett. G.N., Norwich Silver and Its Marks, 1565-1702 (Norwich, 1981)
  • Citroen, K.A., Amsterdam Silversmiths and Their Marks (Amsterdam, Oxford, New York, 1975)
  • Crisp-Jones, R., The Silversmiths of Birmingham and Their Marks, 1750-1980 (London, 1981)
  • Culme, J ., Directory of Gold and Silversmiths, Jewellers and Allied Traders 1838-1914 (Woodbridge, 1987)
  • Gill, M.A.V., Marks of the Newcastle Goldsmiths, 1702-1884 (Newcastle, 1974)
  • Grimwade, A., London Goldsmiths, 1697-1837: Their Marks and Lives (London, 1976; revised edn 1982)
  • Jackson, C.J., English Goldsmiths and Their Marks (revised edn., Woodbridge, 1989)
  • Rosenberg, M., Der Goldschmiede Merkzeichen, 4 vols (Frankfurt-am-Main, 1922-8)
  • Sheffield, The Sheffield Assay Office Register, 1773-1907 (Sheffield, 1989)
  • Tardy, Les Poinçons de Garantie Internationaux Pour L'Argent (Paris, 1977; English-language version 1981)

Special subjects and periods

  • Bury, S., Victorian Electroplate (London, 1971)
  • Culme, J., Nineteenth-Century Silver (London, 1977)
  • Forbes, J., Hallmark: A History of the London Assay Office (London, 1999)
  • Glanville, P., Silver in Tudor and Early Stuart England (London, 1989)
  • Glanville, P., Faulds Goldsborough, J., Women Silversmiths, 1685-1845 (New York, 1990)
  • Grimwade, A., Rococo Silver, 1727-1765 (London, 1974)
  • Hayward, J.F., Huguenot Silver in England, 1688-1727 (London, 1959)
  • Jenkins, P., Unravelling the Mystery: The Story of the Goldsmiths’ Company in the 20th Century (London, 2000)
  • Krekel-Aalberse, A., Art Nouveau and Art Deco Silver (New York, 1989)
  • Lightbown, R. Catalogue of Scandinavian and Baltic Silver in the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, 1975)
  • Lightbown, R. French Silver, Victoria and Albert Museum Catalogues (London, 1978)
  • Oman, C., Caroline Silver, 1625-1688 (London, 1970)
  • Oman, C., English Church Plate, 1597-1837 (London, 1957; reprinted 1968)
  • Oman, C., English Engraved Silver (London, 1978)
  • Oman, C., The Golden Age of Hispanic Silver, 1400-1665 (London, 1968)
  • Wardle, P., Victorian Silver and Silver Plate (London, 1963)
  • Wilkinson, W.R.T., Indian Colonial Silver (London, 1973)
  • Murdoch, T. (ed.), Huguenot Goldsmiths in Northern Europe and North America (Sussex Academic Press, Brighton, 2008. Proceedings of a conference held at the V&A in January 2007)
  • Murdoch, T.,  Vigne, R., The French Hospital in England: Its Huguenot History and Collections (2009)

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