Rotarian Stuart Dancer was the guest speaker this week, 3 October when he gave an illustrated talk on Antique Silver. His interest is not about silver objects per se, rather the history and marking systems that have tracked the development of silver as household utensils and objets d'art.
The modern history of silver really begins in the 16th century. Across the world today there are only about 400 pieces of silver that predate 1525.
Stuart's presentation was the story of a silver industry beset by fraud, deception and exploitation with the authorities forever trying to catch up. The various English silver centres, London and beyond including York and Newcastle, developed their own marking or assays to declare the authenticity and probity of their products. Eventually the regional systems operated within a national system of public protection and Stuart explained the various developments.
The word 'hallmark' derives from 1478 when craftsmen were required to take their produce to Goldsmith's Hall in London to have them assayed or marked.
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more Penrith Rotary Club were delighted to welcome as their guest speaker, the Bishop of Penrith, the Rt. Revd Robert Freeman at Monday’s meeting at the town’s George Hotel.
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more Jean Vranich and her husband Luciano from Penrith, Australia attended the annual general meeting of the club on 14th May 2012. They were very warmly welcomed by the club president Malcolm Boyd.
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more Annie Mawson gave an informative presentation her Sunbeams Music Trust at Rotary guest night
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more A 6 mile walk round Lowther Estate from Askham. 25 walked and 31 dined.
more 5 mile circular walk around Morland with lunch at the Mill Inn Yard Cafe
more Rugby Legend and Penrith Rotary member Bev Risman awarded OBE in New Year Honours for services to the game.
more Lowther Castle & Gardens - the renovation continues apace
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