The South Carolina Silver Society was established in 1996 in the mid-state, and is one of three national silver societies. The other groups are in New York, upon which the SCSS is patterned, and Washington, DC. Membership to the Society is open to all and the group consists of silver collectors, scholars, curators, dealers and appraisers, as well as enthusiasts of silver who don’t consider themselves collectors.
The purpose of the SCSS is the study and appreciation of fine silver, and the focus is educational. With three annual meetings, including an annual dinner the first Friday of each February in Columbia, SC, the Society explores both private and public collections, and brings in specialist lecturers on topics of interest related to the craft of the silversmith. The general meetings alternate locations between the upstate, mid-state and the low country, and are usually held on a Sunday afternoon.
The SCSS welcomes service projects related to silver, offering a breadth of knowledge and expertise. Silver scholars are also invited to submit papers for panel review for publication.
Annual dues are currently set at $25 for individuals and $40 for individuals plus one household member.