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Sugar Sugar Watermelon Lip Scrub

You’ll be chillin’ with this watermelon scented lip scrub that tastes as refreshing as it looks.

 Ingredients we love:

An intense, all natural and vegan lip scrub that cleanses, gently exfoliates, hydrates, and brightens lips. Formulated with sugar, cocoa butter, shea butter, and agave nectar, Sugar Sugar gently exfoliates while Vitamin C and E hydrates and brightens for the sweetest lips.


EMERGENCE: A Two Woman Show at GoreDean at the Forge

OPENING RECEPTION Friday July 9 at 6pm

13801 Jarrettsville Pike, Phoenix, MD

Rebecca Scheuerman is a realist fine artist in Baltimore. She blends traditional skills with contemporary themes in order to capture the beauty of our generation. Scheuerman’s primary mediums are oil painting and sculpture. She takes from the people and places around her to create still lifes, landscapes, and portraits. Inspired by the old masters, Scheuerman’s passion is for the human form. This has translated to a lifelong quest for her ideal figure, and is the main goal in her art.

Vivian Tanga a representational artist based in Baltimore, Maryland. My work encompasses portrait, still life, and figure.  She graduated from Columbia University in 2016 with a degree in Russian Language. She originally intended to pursue a career in Slavic Studies, but ultimately decided to pursue her dream of becoming a realist painter by enrolling at the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore.She graduated after four years of intensive studio practice in May 2020. The same year, she exhibited her first solo show at the Strathmore Mansion in Rockville, Maryland.  Her key drive when painting is to create work that feels alive. Through a dedication to masterful draftsmanship and knowledge of form and light, She seeks to add her unique perspective to the tradition of representational art.

Join us Friday and celebrate these two up and coming artits!


Explore: Wild Cherry Spoon Co

We began when artisan Tim McGuire met his wife Molly. Tim was already a woodworker but it wasn’t until he started making spoons and serving-ware for his family to use that it really gave his business a soul. Now we carve everything for kitchen+home+lifestyle from ethically harvested urban lumber. Our handcarved items are finished in our signature Spoon Butta olive oil + beeswax blend.

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Charcuterie Board to swear by!

Friday at Five: Papa’s Bitter Truth

Papas Bitter Truth, cocktail on dark background

Papas Bitter Truth

Cocktail Courtesy of Aaron Joseph

  • 1 oz. Papas Pilar Blonde Rum
  • 1 oz. Papas Pilar Dark Rum
  • 3/4 oz. Lime Juice
  • 1/4 oz. Leopold Fernet
  • 1/4 oz. Apple Cider
  • 1/2 oz. Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Egg White

Preparation: Dry shake, wet shake, double strain into large champagne coupe. Garnish with dehydrated lime wheel and graded nutmeg.

Aaron Joseph, chilled 100 mixologist, washington dc
Aaron Joseph at his office


panzanella traces its origin to the 16th century. Italian cooks, then and now, try not to waste anything. So, yesterday’s bread (or even the day before) was put to good use and combined with olive oil, vinegar, and seasonal vegetables from the garden. We suggest using a high quality, extra-virgin Italian olive oil.


  • 4 ounces stale ciabatta, Italian bread or baguette, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher, Himalayan, or other finishing salt
  • 2 pounds ripe tomatoes, cut in quarters & seeded
  • ½ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 – 3 stalks of celery, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup sliced cucumber, seeded
  • 1 cup torn basil leaves
  • ½ cup flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

step 1
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Spread the bread cubes on a rimmed baking sheet and toss with 2 tablespoons oil and a generous pinch of salt. Bake until bread cubes are pale golden brown at the edges, about 7 to 10 minutes. Let cool on separate pan or in large bowl.

step 2
Cut seeded tomatoes into bite-size pieces, and transfer to a large bowl. Add sliced red onions, 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, and ½ teaspoon salt. Toss to coat, and set aside. (For best results, “shock” sliced red onion in ice water, drain and pat dry before adding to tomatoes; this will keep them crisp and make them sweeter).

step 3
In medium bowl, combine remaining tablespoon red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, ½ teaspoon salt, and black pepper to taste. Whisk in the remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil until mixture is slightly thickened. Stir in cucumbers, celery, basil and parsley.

step 4
Add toasted bread cubes and cucumber mixture to the tomato mixture and toss well. Let sit for 1 to 4 hours before serving. Toss with a little more olive olive oil, vinegar and more salt if needed, to taste, just before serving.

We suggest pairing Panzanella with a wine such as a crisp Rosé, Pinot Grigio or Verdicchio. If you’d like to make this a one-dish meal, try adding grilled shrimp — in fact, Panzanella is a great side dish when served with anything grilled. Buon appetito!

Cruet w/Cork Dispenser
Cruet w/Cork Dispenser $105

Cruet w/Cork Dispenser

Our oil cruet is the perfect size to keep near the stove or place on the table during a meal. The cork-based spout dispenses a controlled flow of your favorite extra-virgin olive oil from the bottle-shaped container. When the time comes, the spout is easily replaced. Each cruet is stamped with hallmarks representing our workshop, our company, the tin content of our alloy and the region of Italy where our pieces are made. 2.6″ DIA X 8.25″ H


friday at five: The Paloma

Sam Linsell’s perfect paloma cocktail

The Paloma is the most popular tequila-based cocktail in Mexico and if you struggle to drink tequila cocktails because they bring back too many dreadful memories of drunken student days and debauchery, this might just be the alternative.

It’s delightfully refreshing and sophisticated, complimenting spicy Mexican food perfectly.

Sam Linsell fell in love with this cocktail at his favorite Cape Town Mexican restaurant, El Burro.

This is how they make this fabulous drink.

*1 shot = 25ml

*reposado tequila means rested tequila (aged in oak for at least 2 months)


1 1/2 shots of reposado tequila (or any good quality blanco)

juice of half a ruby grape fruit

1/2 shot of agave syrup or sugar syrup

about 75ml club soda

a squirt of fresh lime juice (optional)


Mix the grapefruit juice, tequila and sugar syrup until well mixed.

Pour over a tall glass filled with ice and top up with soda water. You could add a squirt of lime juice which is nice and I did, and you could also rim the glass with salt.


If you are wanting to reduce your sugar intake, simply leave the sugar out. Its less sweet but delicious.

ALT LINEN-make a difference while you make an upgrade.

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and switch to ALT cotton linens. They’ll send you free replacements. Forever. 

Paper towels are made from trees using gobs of water, wood pulp, chemicals and energy. Right under our noses, they are one of the biggest climate change culprits. With one simple upgrade in your kitchen, you can be a planet superhero, and save money.

Instead…try napkins and kitchen towels made from Linen.

Here’s how it works…

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They’re kind to the planet and kinder on your wallet. Buy them once and get a lifetime of replacements.

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spring asparagus galette

Spring Asparagus Galette


Of course you can use a storebought pie crust instead — the unroll and bake ones are the way to go here — but I promise this dough is so easy, you’ll be glad you tried it. Puffed pastry can work too, but won’t hold pleats so you’ll want to make more of a flat tart. I replace 1/2 cup of the all-purpose flour here with whole wheat flour.

  • 1 1/4 cups (165 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 8 tablespoons (4 ounces or 115 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup (60 grams) plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons (45 to 60 ml) cold water
  • 1 pound asparagus
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 grams) ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup (45 grams) grated gruyere, comte, or gouda cheese
  • 1/4 cup (30 grams) grated parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Red pepper flakes or freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 large egg or egg yolk (optional, for shine)

Make the crust: Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Sprinkle butter over dough and using a pastry blender or your fingertips, work it into the flour until the mixture resembles small peas. Sprinkle sour cream and 3 tablespoons of water over the mixture and stir/mash it together to combine; it should form large clumps; add last tablespoon water if it does not. Use your hands to bring it together into a single mass. Transfer dough to a large square of parchment paper, patting it into a flatter packet, and wrap it tightly. Chilling it in the fridge until firm, 1 to 2 hours or up to 4 days. You can hasten the firming process along in the freezer, for about 20 minutes.

Make the filling: Hold the asparagus by the tough end (no need to snap it off) and cut the tips into 1-inch segments and the rest of the spears into very thin slices on a sharp angle. In a large bowl, toss with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and set aside for 30 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine ricotta, gruyere, parmesan, garlic, a pinch of salt, and pepper to taste and set aside.

Drain asparagus in a colander and pat it dry on paper towels. Return it to the empty bowl and toss with olive oil, lemon zest, and pepper to taste. (No need to salt because it will be well-seasoned from the salting step.)

Assemble galette: Heat oven to 400°F. Unwrap firm crust dough and line a large baking sheet with the parchment paper that it was wrapped in. On a floured counter, roll the dough out into a large round-ish shape, about 14 inches across. Gently transfer it to the parchment paper in the pan. Spread ricotta mixture over center, leaving a 3-inch border bare. Spoon asparagus over ricotta layer. Fold the border over the filling, pleating the edge to make it fit. The center will be open.

For a darker, glossier crust, beat an egg or just a yolk with 1 teaspoon of water and brush it over the crust.

Bake galette: For 30 to 35 minutes, until the crust is deeply golden. Serve warm, in wedges.

Do ahead: This galette keeps in the fridge for up to one week. It’s good at room temperature but even better warm, so the cheese is all stretchy again.

TGIF: Levitating a Great Highball

Whiskey Highball….classic

Why Is It Called a Highball?

Cocktail origin stories are sometimes difficult to sort out, and the highball falls into that category. The drink emerged in the late 1890s, and several sources indicate that bartenders in England called whiskey drinks “balls,” and tall or “high” glasses were used for such drinks. Another theory says the name comes from a 19th-century railroad signal. When the ball was high or raised on the signal post, the train could pass through without stopping. In “The Joy of Mixology,” Gary Regan writes that the drink mimics the train signal that it was time to go: two short whistles followed by one long one, as the drink consists of 2 ounces of whiskey and a long pour of ginger ale or soda.


2 ounces whiskey

4 to 6 ounces ginger ale (or club soda; enough to fill)

When you want to get a little more complex, go for the Irish gold: Irish whiskey, peach schnapps, and orange juice. 

A classic favorite is the one and only John Collins, a mix of bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda.

It’s very similar to the whiskey fizz, which opts for sugar over syrup and is generally made with blended whiskey.

One of the easiest highballs is the branded Seven and Seven: Seagram’s 7 Crown Whiskey and 7-Up.

When you want to take your whiskey to the drier side, mix up the leprechaun. With Irish whiskey and tonic water, it’s an excellent dinner companion.

The Japanese love a highball at dinnertime and in social settings. They make it with fine attention to detail, mixing Japanese whiskey with sparkling water.

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SIA -Snowman and the Snowtail Cocktail!

If You Haven’t Tried Making a Cocktail With Fresh Snow, You’re Seriously Missing Out

Main Ingredients:

You only need 2 main ingredients and some ice. The best part is that these ingredients are easy to find and have a great shelf life. You can totally buy the Malibu Rum and Cream of coconut and make drinks all winter long without worrying about anything spoiling!

  • Malibu Rum You could use traditional rum, if you prefer. However the use of Malibu rum adds coconut flavor on top of coconut flavor…the ULTIMATE. And frankly, with only 2 key ingredients in this cocktail, why NOT?
  • Cream of Coconut This ingredient trips people up. Cream of Coconut is a coconut flavored sweetener commonly used in cocktails. You can also use just a can of coconut milk but use only the thick top that you get prior to shaking the can. Even better, chill it prior to use. You may choose to add a bit of sweetener to the drink if you use this substitution.


Sex on a Snowbank Cocktail

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What on earth is with the name? Humor, that’s what. We don’t take things too seriously around here and this Sex on a Snowbank Cocktail is proof of that. And proof that when you live in MN, you need to have a good winter cocktail to laugh about the crazy weather. This is it and the original recipe and post that started the internet sensation!Sex_on_a_Snowbank_at_home_285072160_1080x1080_F30https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.443.0_en.html#goog_2055161510Volume 0% 

note: this cocktail has taken over the internet and become known as a variety of other names including Sex in the Snow, Snowflake Cocktail, and Frozen Snow Cocktail, along with others. Although those are all great names, there isn’t anything better then the original…

The wintry cocktail Sex on a Snowbank in a martini glass with Cream of Coconut.

Have you heard of sex on a beach? The cocktail? We have. Yes, we like it. But here in MN it seems a cruel, cruel joke that many of the best cocktails are related to warmth and sand and little umbrellas. People never talk about “winter cocktails”.  If you go on Pinterest all the labels for delicious looking cocktails are  “Summer”.  Classic “summer” cocktails, refreshing “summer” drinks,  perfect “summer” beverage.  Not a single winter cocktail.

It’s just plain cruel.

We were sitting around the table whining about it (on one of the -25 degree days) with some friends, joking that here  in Minnesota it would be more like Sex on a Snowbank with snow and cold and the like. Not fun at all. That gave us a fun cocktail idea…

Sex on a Snowbank. Now that is a Minnesotan drink.

This cocktail really isn’t anything like a Sex on a Beach summer cocktail…it’s one of those winter cocktails (like how we slipped in the fact that everyone should just know about winter cocktails?) that messes with all the rules.  It’s like a pina colada, but served in a martini glass (P.S. I’m obsessed with these glasses. They are so gorgeous in real life!).  And it’s really the consistency of a slushie. But a winter slushie.

This delicious winter cocktail is only 3 ingredients. EAsy to make and absolutely delicious! Sex on a Snowbank

To start, you’ll want to ensure that your snow is as clean and pure as possible. This means you want to capture it right after it falls, before humans, pets, and wildlife have a chance to impart any grime into what you’re about to ingest. Freshly fallen snow is also at its lightest and fluffiest texture, which makes it a fun alternative to traditional ice in beverages. 

Main Ingredients:

You only need 2 main ingredients and some ice. The best part is that these ingredients are easy to find and have a great shelf life. You can totally buy the Malibu Rum and Cream of coconut and make drinks all winter long without worrying about anything spoiling!

  • Malibu Rum You could use traditional rum, if you prefer. However the use of Malibu rum adds coconut flavor on top of coconut flavor…the ULTIMATE. And frankly, with only 2 key ingredients in this cocktail, why NOT?
  • Cream of Coconut This ingredient trips people up. Cream of Coconut is a coconut flavored sweetener commonly used in cocktails. You can also use just a can of coconut milk but use only the thick top that you get prior to shaking the can. Even better, chill it prior to use. You may choose to add a bit of sweetener to the drink if you use this substitution.

How to Make a Sex on a Snowbank Cocktail

This cocktail is easy, easy to make.  Just plop a bunch of snow, some alcohol, and some coconutty goodness into a pitcher and you’ve got yourself an amazing, delicious winter cocktail that is perfect for enjoying with friends!

  • Add  chilled Malibu Rum and the Cream of Coconut to the pitcher.
  • Add SNOW
  • Blend until it reaches the consistency you prefer. It will be slushy!
  • Note: if you prefer a creamy consistency try adding a bit more coconut milk and less snow.

And oh gosh it is wonderful!! Cool, sweet, refreshing, and beautiful.

Bunny Williams: Not a House But a Home

 We’re incredibly excited to announce the upcoming release of a new documentary chronicling Bunny’s career in her own words. Bunny Williams: Not A House But a Home is the latest installment in the original documentary series Design in Mind by The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA). The film will air on PBS affiliate stations starting this spring and a special online screening for ICAA members will take place March 18th. 


Valentines Day Perfection

This rich decadent Pink Velvet Cake is going to be a quick favorite. It’s absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day, baby showers or any other special occasions.

  • Egg Whites: This calls for 4 egg whites, save the yolks to make custards, tarts or carbonara.
  • Granulated Sugar: Adds sweetness
  • Unsalted Butter: Creates richness and a moist crumb.
  • Oil: For extra moisture
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: Flavor enhancer
  • Pure Almond Extract: This is so good in the cake.
  • Red Food Color: Just enough to make it pink.
  • Flour: All purpose flour.
  • Baking Powder: This is the raising agent.
  • Salt: Creates balance in the cake.
  • Milk: Provides the velveteen texture.

Pink Frosting Ingredients

  • Unsalted Butter: Frosting wouldn’t be creamy without the butter.
  • Powdered Sugar: Sift before adding to avoid lumps.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream: Adds richness.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: Creates the best flavor.
  • Salt: Just a pinch.
  • Red Food Color: optional
  1. Prep:  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and line the bottom of two 8″ cake pans with parchment paper. Grease the top of the parchment paper and the side of he cake pans. Sprinkle flour on the side of the cake pan and tap out the excess. Set aside.
  2. Meringue: In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the egg white and half of the sugar. Beat on medium speed until the meringue is formed. It should be shiny white with stiff peaks. Transfer the meringue into a different bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream: In the same stand mixer bowl, without washing, cream the softened butter and sugar together. Then add oil, the extracts and red food color. Beat until incorporated.
  4. Sift: In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour and baking powder. Stir in the salt, and mix with a whisk to distribute evenly.
  5. Combine: Add the flour mixture to the butter and oil mixture in 3 increments alternating with the milk, starting and ending with the flour. Scrape the bottom and side of the bowl to ensure thorough mixing. Then with a light hand, fold in the meringue.
  6. Divide: Divide the cake batter among the two prepared cake pans. Bake in the middle oven rack for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean with just a few crumbs attached.
  7. Cool: Remove from the oven and allow to cool to the touch, remove cakes from the pans and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

The Frosting

  1. Mix: Add all ingredients except the food color to a stand mixer bowl. Stir to incorporate all the ingredients, then increase the mixer speed gradually to high and beat until the frosting is white and fluffy.
  2. Optional: Use red food color to dye part of the frosting pink for the decorations if desired. See steps below.


  1. Layer: Place the first layer of cake on a cake stand or plate, add 1 cup of frosting on top and level out with an offset spatula. Place the second layer of cake on top and add another cup of frosting on top, level it out. Add another cup of frosting to the side of the cake.
  2. Dye: At the this point dye the remaining frosting with a few drops of red food color to get a light pink color to use for the decoration. Fill a pastry bag fitted with your favorite decorating tip and pipe decoration on top of the cake.  Add swirls to cover the base of the cake.
  3. Serve: Serve right away or refrigerate until ready to serve. Allow the cake to come to room temperature about 30 minutes before serving if refrigerated.

SERVE WITH CHAMPAGNE OR PROSSECO! and remember to call everyone you love- if just for a minute to say, I love you!

TGIF: Jon Batiste and the Sazerac


sazerac cocktail in a crystal-cut glass with a lemon peel garnish


  • Absinthe, to rinse
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1/2 teaspoon cold water
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 1/4 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 1/4 ounces cognac
  • Garnish: lemon peel


  1. Rinse a chilled rocks glass with absinthe, discarding any excess, and set aside.
  2. In a mixing glass, muddle the sugar cube, water and the Peychaud’s and Angostura bitters.
  3. Add the rye and cognac, fill the mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.
  4. Strain into the prepared glass.
  5. Twist the lemon peel over the drink’s surface to extract the peel’s oils, and then garnish with the peel.

The Sazerac, which is a close cousin to the Old Fashioned, has been kicking around in one form or another since as early as 1838 (with other reports pegging its invention closer to the late-1800s) and was trademarked in 1900 by Sazerac Co. The Sazerac was crowned the official cocktail of New Orleans in 2008, a designation more suited to marketers than drink mixers. The truth is the Sazerac has always belonged to the Crescent City.

It is believed that the first Sazeracs were made with French brandy—Sazerac de Forge et Fils, to be exact. And it’s known that those first Sazeracs contained Peychaud’s bitters, a bright-red concoction with flavors of gentian and anise that was invented by New Orleans resident Antoine Peychaud. Add some sugar and a dash of absinthe, and you have a strong, aromatic drink that embodies the city from whence it hails.

Eventually, that French brandy was replaced with American rye whiskey, a spirit that grew in both popularity and availability during the 19th century. Brandy or cognac, which are distilled from grapes, yield a Sazerac that is fruity and floral, different than today’s rye-based versions, which feature the grain spirit’s trademark spice notes. 

A well-made rye Sazerac is indeed a tasty cocktail, full of kick and depth, though perhaps a hair too much muscle. That’s why this recipe combines equal parts cognac and rye, not as a gestural homage to a lost classic but because the two work together so perfectly. The opposing pairing, when accented by the licorice flavors of absinthe, produces a cocktail that’s simultaneously soft and bold, smooth and brash—and unmistakably New Orleans.

Hawthorne by Caskata

We love Caskata. Made in America. Woman Owned. and everything is covet-table. Hawthorne is their venture into the super luxe dinnerware now currently dominated by Versace- and yes it looks great with Versace! There is even glassware that matches beautifully. Tone it don with a simple white plate with gold rim, the Hawthorne simple dinner plate or got to town…Our guess is that this pattern will become iconic. It is offered in all Gold, Silver or Onyx (shown above).

SHOP The Hawthorne Collection at HSD Catalog

Then check out the new Marrakesh Crystal Collection

Collecting Women Silversmiths

This article originally appeared in American Collector magazine, a publication which ran from 1933-1948 and served antique collectors and dealers. This article discusses female goldsmiths that worked in England during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, noting how they learned, their makers’ marks, and their family relationships

By Hester Bateman's Son and Daughter: This teapot and stand bear the mark of Peter and Ann Bateman, London, 1792-93. Located, as was their mother, on Bunhill Row, by 1800 this partnership became Peter, Ann & William Bateman.
By Hester Bateman’s Son and Daughter: This teapot and stand bear the mark of Peter and Ann Bateman, London, 1792-93. Located, as was their mother, on Bunhill Row, by 1800 this partnership became Peter, Ann & William Bateman.

Until fairly recently, England was a man’s country and women as a class enjoyed few rights that their husbands and male relatives could not invade. Only a queen occupying the throne in her own right was free of this domination. Otherwise, law and custom gave men control of all property and rendered them superior beings to be obeyed by their women folk without question.

By Hester Bateman’s Son and Daughter: This teapot and stand bear the mark of Peter and Ann Bateman, London, 1792-93. Located, as was their mother, on Bunhill Row, by 1800 this partnership became Peter, Ann & William Bateman.

Such was the law. In actual practice, even before the time of Queen Elizabeth, there were forceful women who conducted business in their own names and on an equal footing with men. Nowhere was this clearer than in the affairs of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. With a royal charter dating back to 1327, this craft guild embraced not only those who worked in gold and silver, but bankers, jewelers, engravers, gold beaters, and even pawnbrokers. Except for that of banking, women’s names are found in the lists of these various callings from a very early date.

In 1513 there was Mrs. Harding, goldsmith, who evidently carried on the business of her husband, Robert. The latter was established on Cheapside in 1504. Although the Goldsmiths’ company has a continuous record of the individual makers’ marks from 1479, identification of them with the names of the makers is lost information before 1697. Between this latter date and the Victorian era there worked in London a total of 63 women silversmiths, each possessed of her own registered touch mark. That alone is evidence that they were workers at their trade in good standing, for the police powers of the Goldsmiths’ company are well known.

During this period of some 150 years most of the collectible English antique plate was produced. Yet, save for Hester Bateman, these 63 women have been the forgotten craftsmen in the various treatises on English silver. This oversight was largely due to the assumption that they were simply widows carrying on their husbands’ businesses and not of themselves workers in silver.

Platter by Magdalen Feline, London, 1754: From 1720 to 1739 the widow of Edward Feline was located on King street, Covent Garden. 1753 to 1762, Magdalen Feline was working in the same vicinity. They were probably mother and daughter.
Platter by Magdalen Feline, London, 1754: From 1720 to 1739 the widow of Edward Feline was located on King street, Covent Garden. 1753 to 1762, Magdalen Feline was working in the same vicinity. They were probably mother and daughter.

In 1935, however, Sir Ambrose Heal published, under the patronage of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, a large volume known as The London Goldsmiths. It covers the period of 1100 to 1800 and is a record of names, addresses, and definite trade designations within the all-embracing term of goldsmith. It discloses that, in practically all instances, women with recorded touch marks were actual craftsmen in one or another branch of silversmithing. The largest number of them were listed as “plate workers,” the all-embracing term of the day for wrought silver.

Some of these 63 women were members of well-established London silversmithing families; others worked in partnership with a husband or a brother; a few had as partners men for whom no relationship of blood or marriage can be discovered; and occasionally a partnership of two women existed. The famous Hester Bateman trained both her sons and daughter to the trade and they in turn produced examples of silver just as graceful and charming as their mother’s work.

The question naturally arises as to how Hester Bateman and other women silversmiths learned their trade. From the early days of the guild system as it prevailed in England, it was not uncommon for the women in the family of a master workman to help in his shop. They were not considered as regular apprentices but, if so inclined, they could and did learn the particular trade just as thoroughly as though they had been bound out for the purpose. This would probably account for the majority of women silversmiths, but there were 14 for whom there appear to be no male silversmiths of the same surname who worked either before or at the same time.

By Rebecca Eames and Edward Barnard: This piece is dated 1616, but the partnership, located Amen Corner, registered their mark in 1808. The bowl on square foot with gadroon and shell border stands 8 inches high and is 11 1/2 inches in diameter.

Throughout the 17th Century it is known that women were sometimes apprenticed to learn various trades, including such an arduous one as that of carpenter. Since the apprenticeship system continued through the 18th and well into the 19th Centuries, it can be assumed that these 14 women must have learned their trade by being indentured to some silversmith, either a family connection or totally unrelated.

Incidentally, becoming a journeyman silversmith required young women of better than average physique, for the tools whereby silver was formed into such things as tankards, dishes, trays, kettles, teapots, and the like were neither light nor easily handled. There was the heavy sledge hammer weighing eight or more pounds with which the silver was beaten on the specially shaped anvils many times in the course of making a piece.

Five Pieces Bearing Women's Marks: Top to bottom, left to right, with year of the date letter, these are: bedroom candlestick by Ann Robertson, Newcastle, c. 1800; punch ladle by Dorothy Mills, London, 1752; candlestick by Eliza Godfrey, London, 1762; mustard pot by James and Elizabeth Bland, London, 1795; and teapot stand by Duncan Urquhart and Naphtalia Hart, London, 1798.
Five Pieces Bearing Women’s Marks: Top to bottom, left to right, with year of the date letter, these are: bedroom candlestick by Ann Robertson, Newcastle, c. 1800; punch ladle by Dorothy Mills, London, 1752; candlestick by Eliza Godfrey, London, 1762; mustard pot by James and Elizabeth Bland, London, 1795; and teapot stand by Duncan Urquhart and Naphtalia Hart, London, 1798.

We can picture these women silversmiths, then, as hardy, muscular individuals, capable of taking their turn at forge or anvil with the men of the shop. Most of their story, however, must be gained from study of the goldsmith’s marks and examples of their work still extant. Considering the large amount of silver produced by London silversmiths from the close of the 17th Century through the first quarter of the 19th, surprisingly few examples, with the exception of Hester Bateman and her children, have survived.

The tables of makers’ marks in any of the standard books on English silver reveal much regarding the relationship that existed between the men and women who followed this craft. In the majority of instances, the individual touch marks of women craftsmen was a diamond shape which, of course, was the lozenge of heraldry in which a woman’s crest or cipher was framed. Further, if a woman was carrying on the business established by her father or husband, we invariably find that, except for the shape, her mark bears a distinct resemblance in design to that of her male relative. The use of the lozenge tended to disappear during the third quarter of the 18th Century.

By Mary Makemeid 1774: Designated as goldsmith, this woman was located on Shoe Lane, London, when here mark was entered in 1773.

One of the outstanding examples of the distinct effort to have a woman’s mark as near as possible that of the man of her family whom she was succeeding is the touch of Elizabeth Tuite, whose mark was entered in 1741. In 1721 there had been John Tuite. His mark consisted of the initials of his given and surname within an oval with the outline of a footed cream pitcher between the letters. In 1739 he had a second mark of shield shape registered. This also incorporated the distinctive cream pitcher. So it is not surprising that when Elizabeth secured her mark the device of the cream pitcher was retained although she used the initials E T.

Jane Lambe’s lozenge-shaped mark was entered in 1719 and above the initials L A is to be seen a small animal, evidently a lamb. The same device occurs in the mark of George Lambe, 1713, although its outline is totally different. In 1713, also, another mark of lozenge shape with the lamb device was entered for the widow of George. Whether Widow Lambe was the same person as Jane Lambe who worked on Sandos street and had marks entered in 1719 and again in 1729 is not clear.

In addition to touch marks, the location of the shops of both men and women working in silver is frequently helpful in establishing any relationship that may have existed. In the Pantin family there were a number of silversmiths, dating from Simon Pantin in 1701 to Mary Pantin, 1733, who was located on Green street. This was also the address of Simon Pantin, Jr., whose mark was entered in 1731. All of these marks have a small tree between the initials, an obvious effort to retain continuity and indicate that the possessors were all members of the same family.

With the Parr family the names, marks, and addresses are a record of nearly 40 years of silversmithing. The earliest is that of Thomas Parr, Wood street, 1698. His mark bears the initials P A in an irregular shield. In 1717 another mark differing slightly was entered for a man of the same name but located on Cheapside. In 1720 a lozenge mark with the initials S P was entered for Sarah Parr of the same address and in 1733 a final mark of T P in an oval was entered for Thomas Parr, likewise of Cheapside.

Five Pieces Bearing Women’s Marks: Top to bottom, left to right, with year of the date letter, these are: bedroom candlestick by Ann Robertson, Newcastle, c. 1800; punch ladle by Dorothy Mills, London, 1752; candlestick by Eliza Godfrey, London, 1762; mustard pot by James and Elizabeth Bland, London, 1795; and teapot stand by Duncan Urquhart and Naphtalia Hart, London, 1798.

In addition to the marks showing a family relationship are a few in which seemingly unrelated men and women were in partnership. Ann Craig and John Neville entered their mark in 1740 and were located on Norris street, St. James. Louisa Courtauld had her own mark in 1766; was in partnership in 1769 with George Cowles and in 1777 with Samuel Courtauld. About the same time there was the partnership of Jane Dorrell and Richard May, whose mark was established in 1771. In 1808 Rebecca Eames and Edward Barnard entered the mark of their partnership. As late as 1840 Mary Chawner, who had previously had her own mark, entered one for her partnership with George W. Adams.

Probably the best known of the women silversmiths of London was Hester Bateman. There are no indications that she came of a family connected with the craft, but both her sons and daughter followed it. Her first mark was entered in 1774, the script initial HB in an escalloped oval. She was then listed as a goldsmith on Bunhill Row. From 1790 to 1793 it was Hester Bateman & Co., silversmiths, while in 1791 Peter and Jonathan Bateman entered their mark as plate workers; the next year Peter and Ann entered another; and finally in 1800 a fourth was entered as Peter, Ann and William Bateman. With all these the address was always Bunhill Row and the trade designation, plate workers.

Outside of London there were at least seven women silversmiths with registered marks. Newcastle had four, and Chester and Hull one each. In Ireland there was Jane Williams.

Ten Top Tips for Collecting Antique Silver

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Whether you choose to collect sterling or silver plate, flatware or holloware, the following tips should usually apply …

But first! Remember sterling silver was and is today- a form of currency. It is bought and sold by weight. Its value can be enhanced by history, workmanship and quality. There is ornamental silver like jewelry and ornamental items and there is utilitarian silver- the stuff you use and that enhances your home. This of course is where my interest goes. I like silver on a table that is used. And the pieces I like have a reason to be in existence. So silver plate is fine with me for trays, lazy susans, and water pitchers. But I would shell out for smaller sterling items like a mustard pot. In general the rule is that what the Hostess or guests touch are sterling while what the butler touches can be plated. Crazy but I have seen people pass on a lovely sterling tea set because the tray was plated. It was supposed to be and if you think it through, it makes sense. Silver again is a commodity- so why waste it on a tray that must be sturdy and is usually not enhanced with decoration. The teapots etc are beautifully decorated and therefor enhanced in value but not so with the tray. Everything useful can be beautiful and everything handmade has a use. And in the Continental home or the American homes of the 18th and 19th C- nothing was wasted. Only the over-abundance of the robber baron years is the exception.

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  • Choose a Style, Era or Maker… Reflect upon your lifestyle and personal taste, then make choices that will be a good fit. Personally, I always am on the hunt for a woman maker and although they are rare I have found pieces from Hester Bateman in the past.
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  • Will you be using your antique silver daily… or will you save it for special occasions and holiday celebrations? There are many speciality areas of silver collecting, and some of them are more fanciful than others. Some collectors devote their whole attention to a specific pattern while others collect antique silver from a particular maker or era. Some only collect a particular type of piece, such as fish forks or bon bon servers, while many expand into all areas. I always recommend using your silver and I have several (uncollectable) plate pieces that are perfect for a tailgate or holiday celebration.
  • Mix-n-Match… Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns. This collecting technique has great aesthetic appeal on a table. This is a wonderful option particularly with hard-to-find, discontinued silver flatware patterns and is often a must for putting together a set large enough for affordable entertaining.
  • Wear or Damage… Signs of use do not necessarily detract from value, while damage may. Slight damage on a rare silver flatware or hollow ware piece will not significantly reduce its value. The price of a tarnished piece should be signficantly lower than retail. Be wary of buying tarnished antique silver online as it can hide otherwise obvious wear, damage or repair. Picking up tarnished pieces at estate sales and flea markets may be an affordable option, but be sure to check them closely for damage.
  • Monograms… Many collectors view old, elaborate monograms as a lost art form and historically important. It does not detract from the desirability or value of a piece when a monogram is present. Antique silver can, however, be even more valuable without a monogram. As you become familiar with silver, you will be able to detect monogram removal. Monogram removal can damage a piece of antique silver and significantly reduce its value.
  • Authenticity… Some antique silver collectors frown on pieces that have been updated, such as those with replacement knife blades. Silverplated blades are often found with wear. They can easily be replaced on hollow handle knives, so some collectors prefer to have them refitted with stainless steel blades. However, stainless steel was not introduced in silver flatware until the early 1920s. This is one of those aspects of antique silver collecting that can be a matter of personal preference, but you do need to be aware that your flatware may go down in value if you alter the knife blades.
  • Repair — Dents, disposal or other damage can be repaired by a silversmith. Pieces can also be re-plated. The cost is prohibitive for more common items, but is certainly worthwhile for restoring rare antique silver items.
  • Modified Items… Be aware that these exist and learn how to determine if a piece has been modified from its original state. Common silver flatware pieces are sometimes altered to make them appear to be rare and valuable pieces. For example, spoons are sometimes cut to resemble ice cream forks or a silver sugar spoon may have been pierced to resemble a silver sugar sifter. Look for signs that pieces have been modified and avoid adding them to your antique silver collection.
  • Forgeries… New forgeries in popular and rare silver patterns appear for sale regularly on the Internet. In particular, silver salt spoons and rare pieces such as asparagus servers. Many of these pieces have no silver maker’s marks. Forged makers marks in silver have appeared for hundreds of years. The age of a piece does not necessarily indicate it’s authenticity so learn as much as you can about antique silver markings before investing in an expensive piece.
  • Educate Yourself… There are many good books available on collecting antique silver, not necessarily to buy as you will find them in the collecting section of your local library or borrow some from us. We have a lending library and we are happy to share. Or make use of the sites below…
  • Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers’ Markshttps://www.925-1000.com
  • http://www.silvercollection.it ›

The Basics +: Cream of Chicken Soup


1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 medium Spanish onion, chopped

2 stalks celery (with leaves), chopped

3 medium carrots, chopped

2 tbsps of Pimento

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour

7 cups chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium canned

3 sprigs parsley

3 sprigs fresh thyme

1 bay leaf

2 3/4 cups cooked, diced chicken

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 1/2 teaspoons dry sherry

1 tablespoon kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. Melt the butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, pimento and carrots and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 12 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 2 minutes more.
  2. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil while whisking constantly. Tie the parsley sprigs, thyme, and bay leaf together with a piece of kitchen twine and add to the soup. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in the chicken and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat.
  4. Whisk the heavy cream, sherry, and salt into the soup and season with pepper to taste. Remove and discard the herb bundle. Divide among soup bowls, sprinkle the top of each soup with the chopped parsley and serve immediately.

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New England Clam Chowder from Kennebunkport

This clam chowder recipe comes courtesy of chef Bryan Dame, executive chef of the Tides Beach Club Kennebunkport Oceanfront Hotel. The fresh cherry-stone clams are the star of this creamy, warming soup that makes a great appetizer during any season.

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Serves 4 as a first course.

  • 10 pounds cherry-stone clams
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 3/4 cups white wine
  • 1/4 pound bacon, diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup celery, diced
  • 1 1/2 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups cream
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme
  • salt and black pepper, to taste


Wash clams and steam in water and white wine. Remove, reserving the cooking liquid, and pick and chop clams.

Render bacon. Add butter and onion and sweat.

Add oregano, garlic, celery, and potatoes. Stir well.

Add flour to make a roux. Add reserved clam cooking liquid (clam juice) and cream. Cook until potatoes are tender and add clams, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt, and pepper.

New England Clam Chowder from Kennebunkport, Maine