Wednesday 11 November, 2015

Fakes and Forgeries Seminar

Fakes and Forgeries Seminar Date: Wednesday 18 November 2015 Time: 10am-4pm Cost: £65, £60 National Museums Scotland members and concessions.

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office is presenting its renowned Fakes and Forgeries Seminar at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

This exclusive event, aimed at silver specialists, auctioneers, independent dealers, insurance valuers, as well as private collectors, provides an invaluable opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the identification of fake and forged antique silver. The possibility of mistaking a fake or forged piece of silver continues to challenge experts, curators and collectors. This seminar aims to answer common questions by combining educational lectures with table session where attendees can handle examples of authentic and counterfeit objects:

  • What physical characteristics are indications of an altered piece of plate?
  • How are counterfeit or transposed hallmarks identified?
  • What clues are there that an article is an illegal cast duplicate of an authentic original?
  • How do the experts come to their decision on an object's authenticity and legality?
  • What actions are taken when an object is identified as a fake or illegally altered?

Keynote speaker: Mr Alastair Dickenson, Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company, antique silver dealer and silver expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. This full day includes lunch and a certificate of attendance. Delegates are also given the opportunity to visit The Silversmith’s Art: Made in Britain Today, which celebrates the exceptional artistry and skill that make Britain a world leader in modern silver.

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