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ANOTHER WAY OF DOCUMENTING A SILVER
To keep detailed records
of his collection is of particular importance for any collector.
In its March/April 2005 issue Silver Magazine (note 1)
has published a highly informative article written by Will
Chandler (note 2) containing useful suggestions on
keeping well documented records of silver collectibles.
The focus of Silver Magazine article is the standardized
worksheet on which the information about an artifact can be
written down (note 3).
When I began to use the Internet, I realized that the web was a
better support for storing all my information in a reliable and
easily accessible way. At first the access to my website was
maintained as 'private' and only I had access to my web pages.
Beginning to collect silver I've adopted an analogous
(even if less documented) system to keep record of my
collectibles, using Windows Word program of my
computer and devoting a page to each item with a small
description, measurements, provenance and photos of the
object (note 4).
Following the requests of many friends I’ve successively allowed
free access to my website
and now more than half million pages are viewed every year by
thousands of visitors.
Now my small (very small) collection is not only a private
gathering of objects displayed in a glass-fronted cabinet of my
lounge, but is available and enjoyed by thousands of passionate
lovers of silver throughout the world.
I have continued to enrich the content of the pages adding new
and more detailed photos and, where possible, ameliorating my
descriptions with brief stories about the origin of the item and
its use (an example is the ‘stamp case’ page
A special section of the website is devoted to each of the
following for an easier approach by visitors of the website:
The website is in English, with two sections
Now my collection isn’t only mine but belongs to whomever enters
in my website through the Internet.
This is a great satisfaction for me and I hope that other and
more important collectors will be available to share their
collections, their knowledge and their passion with other
unknown visitors throughout the world.
(1) Silver Magazine, vol. XXXVII n. 2, p.
(2) Will Chandler was associate curator of decorative arts at
the San Diego Museum of Art
(3) the worksheet may be downloaded from Silver Magazine website
(4) this article is an elaboration of my letter to Silver
Magazine, published in May/June 2005 issue, page 6
- 2005 -
English text revision: Jayne Dye