East Anglian Silver
edited by Christopher Hartop






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Published by
John Adamson 

128 pp. 10 3/8 × 8 11/16 in. 
(263 × 220 mm)
124 duotone illustrations
65 illustrations of marks
1 map

ISBN 978-0-9524322-2-7
£14.95 or $24.95

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90 Hertford Street, Cambridge CB4 3AQ, UK
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The beauty and stunning craftsmanship of silver made in East Anglia have long been celebrated by scholars and collectors. This book describes in depth a wealth of important silver articles made in the region which are now to be found in museums and private collections in Britain, America and Australia, as well as in churches in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. Many of the objects featured have never been published before, including a beaker in the Royal Collection by Elizabeth Haslewood, Norwich’s only woman silversmith of the Stuart period, and a magnificent Charles II tankard from the Gregory Peck collection.

The essays, the results of new research on many aspects of the economic and social history of the region, set the silver in its historical context. They present a fascinating perspective on everyday life for many East Anglians during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Even modest households might have owned a few silver spoons at that time. The consumer demand from yeomen, merchants and others was filled by silversmiths working not only in Norwich, the second largest city in the kingdom, but also in smaller towns such as King’s Lynn, Great Yarmouth, Beccles, Ipswich, Colchester and Cambridge.

Norwich closely guarded its right to mark silverware made in the city with its civic arms. In the reign of Elizabeth, silversmiths there such as William Cobbold made objects to equal the finest creations of London, Antwerp and Amsterdam. European influences, especially from the Netherlands, were especially important in Norwich, which had a large community of immigrant craftsmen during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Nearly a hundred photographs of marks used by silversmiths throughout East Anglia, many of them newly identified, make this book an essential tool for the collector as well as the local historian.



  • Foreword by the Rt. Hon. The Earl Ferrers PC, DL, High Steward of Norwich Cathedral

  • Introduction

  • Philippa Glanville: Silver in East Anglia

  • Mary Fewster: Goldsmiths in Norfolk and Suffolk, 1500-1750

  • Christopher Hartop: Silver made in East Anglia

  • Norwich

    • Christopher Hartop: Silversmithing in Norwich

    • Christopher Garibaldi: The guildhall of the Norwich company of goldsmiths

    • Colin Ticktum: Possible attributions for four sixteenth-century maker’s marks from Norwich

    • William Cobbold (c. 1530-1585/6)
    • Peter Peterson (fl. 1554-1603)
    • Timothy Skottowe (fl. c. 1617-1645)
    • The Haslewood family (fl. c. 1625-1740)
    • Thomas Havers (fl. c. 1674-1732)
    • James Daniell (fl. c. 1689)
    • The ‘leopard’s head and fleur-de-lis’ group (c. 1649-after 1683)



‘... this is an excellent reference for dealers, collectors and silver historians.’ Antiques Trade Gazette

‘The book is lavishly illustrated, thoughtfully laid out and undoubtedly the most important book so far on the subject.’ Antique Silver Spoons

‘... a work of art in its own right.’ Ian Collins in Eastern Daily Press

‘... this must be reckoned the most important publication so far on the subject ... it is a “must” for anyone seriously interested in the subject ...’ The Finial



Christopher Hartop was born in Norfolk. His books include The Huguenot Legacy (1996), Royal Goldsmiths: The Art of Rundell & Bridge (2005), A Noble Feast (2008), The Classical Ideal (2010), A Noble Pursuit (2010) and Norfolk Summer: Making The Go-Between (2011).


Mary Fewster taught history for twenty-seven years at the Hewett School, Norwich, the last fifteen as head of the department. Brought up at Aldeburgh, she developed a strong interest in local history from an early age. She completed an M.Phil. on the Yarmouth herring industry for the University of East Anglia School of East Anglian Studies and a Ph.D. on East Anglian goldsmiths 1500-1740 for the Department of History.

Christopher Garibaldi worked with English Heritage at Walmer Castle and Audley End House and later catalogued the silver at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle as well as that in the Speaker’s Residence at the House of Commons. From 1998 to 2003 he was Assistant Keeper of Decorative Art at Norwich Castle Museum.

Philippa Glanville is an Associate Fellow of Warwick University. Recently retired as Academic Director of Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Collection, she was Keeper of Metalwork at the Victoria & Albert Museum 1989-99. Her books include Silver in England (1987), Silver in Tudor and Early Stuart England (1990), and, with Gordon Glanville, a chapter in City Merchants and the Arts (2004). She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and was Chairman of the Silver Society 1988-9.

Brand Inglis first developed an interest in silver while at Westminster School and he became a dealer in antique silver in 1962. He is the author of numerous publications including The Arthur Negus Guide to British Silver (1980) and in 1972 he co-curated the exhibition Lynn Silver, the catalogue of which remains a standard work. He was Chairman of the Silver Society 1978-9.

Timothy Kent is a barrister and the author of many books on silver including London Silver Spoons and Their Makers 1500-1697 (1981), West Country Silver Spoons and Their Makers 1550-1750 (1992) and Sussex Silver and Its Makers (2002), as well as numerous papers in learned journals. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and was Chairman of the Silver Society 1977-8.

Colin Ticktum worked for the Treasury for over twenty-five years, where he was successively Head of Finance and Senior Contracts Officer in Norwich. In 1986 he left and started St Giles Silver, specializing in antique silver but especially spoons. His own collection, comprising some five hundred examples, many of them East Anglian, was published privately in 2001.

Wynyard Wilkinson, born in Nairobi, spent a large part of his life near East Dereham, hence his natural interest in East Anglian silver. A dealer and published researcher since his teens, he now lives south of Bury St Edmunds whose silversmiths he has been researching during the last thirty years.



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