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I S~lIed b) Lo\c. , dilled 1800. This one illl/SII'ales one hundred ten items. So me of lhe plates bear c\ ielencc of issue before 1800 and this is further suggested by the fact that only up to 14 arc the first pages numbered conscclIli\'cly; thereafter some plates bear llumbcl'"S as hig h as 187. This catalogue is particu larly ridl in cand lesti cks and ligh ting fixtures. sa il cella rs, mugs and caslOl'S. s to the imcrcsling conclu'iion: Sheffield catalogues were made lip 10 (o\'er the needs, habit s, and pocketbooks of the populati o ns cerwin agentS were tapping in temlS of :;al('').

Maker's ma rk, lion passant, anchor, date letter, Sovereign's head. lR90 to date. 4 stamps. Maker's mark, lion passant, anchor, date leUe r. Chester 1668 to liOO. \' arious. but 3 slamps. maker's mark. 3 shem'es and sword (town mark), date letter Illost commonly used. - ~ Jlufl;:,f

Ish silver the period of greatest in· teresllies between the years 1714 and 1830. During this Georgian l>eriod, so called because of the successive reigns of George I, II . III, and IV, the art of the silversmith achie\'ed real greatness both as regards beauty of design and excellence of execution. Consequently it is not only well worth collecting but. there are still plenty of fine specimens to be had today at reasonable prices. In order to see this period ill its proper perspective as rega l"ds silver history.

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