Dating antique silver

The son of a Danish knife grinder, Georg Jensen was born in 1866 in Raadvad, near Copenhagen.

But when he died in 1935, the New York Herald saluted him as "the greatest silversmith of the last 300 years".

The Jensen company has expanded to the point of having retail outlets in major cities throughout the world and a waiting-list for some of its current creations of between two and five years. Here are 10 things to consider if you are thinking about collecting Georg Jensen silverware.

1 Would-be collectors will find jewellery for men and women, as well as cutlery and an extensive range of hollow wares.

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A figure resembling King Richard the Lionheart presides over the ceremony, reading from an open book.

2 One of the great attractions of Georg Jensen is the breadth of different styles.

These include Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Neo-classical and Art Deco.

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