Silver from Mine to Masterpiece
Highlighting nearly 250 objects primarily drawn from Colonial Williamsburg’s superb collection of British and American silver, this exhibition explores various aspects of silver including silver as a material, its fabrication and decorative techniques, and the social role of silver objects in America and Britain.
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