The world of silver is full of specialist silver terminology. The more you know the better equipped you are to appreciate silver to it’s fullest, whether you are wandering around a museum (and wishing the little curator cards were more helpful) or purchasing a piece to add to your collection.
Types of Silver Terminology
As I’m an orderly sort, when I sat down to write this piece, the question of how to divide the bewildering mass of silver terminology terms into some manageable chunks was foremost in my mind.
The best/easiest way to think of it is in three main categories:
- Construction techniques – e.g. cast, applied, spun, stamped
- Structural terms – e.g. melon, pedestal, footed, terminal, heel
- Decorative terms – e.g. scroll, thread, shell, chased, engraved
Silver Terminology Series
As it’s such a open-ended topic, obviously we are going to have to explore it one term at a time. So consider this the official start of a new series of posts on silver terminology. We’ll explore a single term in each terminology post and all the posts in this series will be tagged ‘terminology’ if you want to search for them at a later date. I don’t have any set schedule or timetable, instead I’ll write them as I run across a particularly interesting example.
Is there a term you have always been puzzled by? Let me know what you’d like to hear about first. My interest is in making these posts as relevant and valuable to you as possible. So don’t be shy. Leave me a comment below and I’ll get to it as soon as possible. 🙂