Hi folks, I’m Vic Roy (my crazy boat friends call me Uncle Vic) in Baton Rouge, La. USA. I’m a private silver collector, my wife & I just like silver as a hobby. I saw mention of this site in this week’s Antique Week and am glad to see a site devoted to antique silver.
We collect mostly American silver from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. My favorite is Mauser, a company started by Frank Mauser in Mass. in about 1887 and moved to New York in about 1890. The company was merged with Mt. Vernon Silver Co. in 1903 and the company was assorbed by Gorham in 1913. The Mauser mark is a unicorn. Very nice stuff they made.
I personally got hooked on the histroy and beauty of silver on a visit to London about 15 years ago when my wife dragged my through the London Silver Vaults and I spoke to some of the dealers there. History is something I always liked, and never realized how much history there is with silver. Anyway, we bought a stunning four arm epergne there that graces our dining room to this day. I actually enjoy polishing our silver, just love the warmth of it in my hands. I can tell real sterling from silverplate just by looking at it,and holding it, and my all time test is the “smell test”. Just rub the surface with your thumb a few times and smell the silver. Sterling has almost no smell, plate has an acrid smell. Foolproof.
Thanks for starting this site, and I’ll visit often.