South Carolina Silver Society

Southern Silver photographSilver Presentation Pitcher
Courtesy, McKissick Museum,
University of South Carolina
(More Detail in Photo Gallery)

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 donít 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 $20 for individuals and $35 for individuals plus one household member.

From our membership...

"As a member of the South Carolina Silver Society, Iíve made friends with many people who share my love of silver. Together weíve seen wonderful collections-- learning and having fun while doing so!"

—Frank White, Founder and Past President

"It has been a wonderful experience, getting all of these silver lovers together. I have met so many interesting people, seen many fascinating pieces of silver, and learned so much from this group."

—Kay Durham, Co-Founder and Past President

"We hope you will join us as we explore our state, and our world, through the art and craft of silver."

—Bart Mullin, President


Next Meeting: February 1, 2013
Featuring: Chinese Export Silver

Location: The Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street,
Columbia, SC
Cocktails: 6:30pm          Dinner: 7:30pm

Lark E. Mason, Jr., acclaimed author, translator, founder of, and Antiques Road Show regular will speak to the Society on Chinese Export Silver. Members are encouraged to bring in pieces of Chinese and other Asian silver for examination and discussion.


engraving lecture at Charleston Silver Society

Reid Smith, hand engraver from Matthews, NC, demonstrated hand engraving techniques and entertained the Silver Society at the Fall Meeting, 2012.