Thursday, November 24, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Langlands are a renowned family of silversmiths who operated of out Dean Street in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, for around 60 years. Their family included John Langlands I and his son, John Langlands II. Later Dorothy Langlands, the wife of John Langlands II, would also take part in the business.
John IAs apprentices of the famous silversmith Isaac Cookson, John Langlands I and John Goodrick took over Cookson's business and continued to manufacture a moderate range of silverware upon his death. After the death of Goodrick in 1757, John Langlands took up a partnership with John Robertson I until two years after Langlands death when the partnership was dissolved.
John IILanglands' son, John Langlands II, took ownership of his father's business and continued to produce a high level of silverware until his death in 1804.
A Set of Antique Sterling Silver Spoons by Dorothy Langlands
Dorothy LanglandsAs John Langlands II's widow, Dorothy maintained a flourishing business for ten years after her husband's death, until she took retirement in 1814.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
November is here, and as the icy weather begins to redden our noses and ears, we have to find warmth from other elements than the weather. As the poem suggests, the birthstone of November is topaz. The topaz stands for loyalty, friendship and happiness, representing the warmth we find in our friends and family when the weather turns cold.
The History of the Topaz
Sunday, November 6, 2011
'No sun - no moon!
No morn - no noon -
No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member -
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! -
Or so the famous poem goes… Well, no offence to Mr Hood but I beg to differ, November is all about lights. Yes the nights may be drawing in, but November is the month for bonfires, fireworks and for the spirit of Christmas, albeit slightly prematurely, to start to make its presence felt.
So enough with the somber mood, summer is over, and unless we intend to emigrate us Brits are going to have to jolly well get used to it. But rather than grinning and bearing it, this year I intend to make the most of the dark nights, creating a cosy little nest in which to hibernate in! There very few better ways to do this than a blazing log fire and flickering candlelight. These small touches can completely alter the atmosphere of a room, creating an inviting, cosy ambience to snuggle up in.
AC Silver has a fantastic range of fine candlesticks and candelabra, so whether you are decorating your dining table or mantelpiece we have the ideal candleholder to help you embrace these chilly winter nights.