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On the Wall of the National Museums of Scotland
By Janice Dietert   
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Last edited: Sunday, February 03, 2008
Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2008

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A book my husband and I co-authored has been recognized in the best way.

My husband and I had coauthored 2 books on Scottish silver.  One, The Edinburgh Goldsmiths, is about the men who made silverware and includes training trees (similar to geneological diagrams) of the masters and their apprentices from the beginning of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths in Edinburgh back in the early 1500s through to the last living master, Henry Tatton (whom we were privileged to meet 3 years ago). 

The other book, Compendium of Scottish Silver II, is a listing of 6,000 pieces of silverware made in Scotland organized by type (e.g. beakers, creamers, tea service, etc) then date.  It also includes a timeline of when different forms and types of silverware first appeared and an explanation of how to read hallmarks (since date letters in particular can be tricky).

On January 24th, the Silver Made in Scotland exhibition was kicked off in the National Museums of Scotland with a speech and ribbon cutting by Princess Anne.  We toured through the exhibition and at the end of all that wonderful silver there is a plaque on the wall thanking people who had contributed to the exhibition.  Our names were on the plaque (since we contributed information about the goldsmiths and allowed information from our books to be used).  We were absolutely thrilled!

As icing on the cake, the NMS is carrying our two books in their museum shop for the duration of the exhibition.  We got to see them on the shelves (though we weren't brilliant enough to take a photo).

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Reviewed by John Domino 3/29/2009
This is great! You should get a GOLD medal for your research about silver!

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