Fine Arts

Silver findings playbook – your guide to the precious metal and how to collect it

Expert collector and auctioneer John Weldon explains the historically enduring appeal of this lustrous metal

An Irish silver sauceboatby Matthew West of Dublin 1787 Guide price €600-€900

Silver has long been collected for its intrinsic value, design and decorative qualities. Collectors study hallmarks, history and weight and its appeal is enduring, especially for Irish silver.

For some expert guidance in the field. John Weldon of J A Weldon Auctioneers, Temple Bar, Dublin, shares valuable insights and focus.

“Silver is used today in many products including many electronics, such as solar panels to even the rear heated window in many cars,” said Weldon. ...