‘The Golden Age of Silver’ – Bling in the 18th and 19th Centuries! – The British Newspaper Archive Blog

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‘The Golden Age of Silver’ – Bling in the 18th and 19th Centuries!

We’re pretty much addicted to BBC4 history documentaries, these days.

As we’re also quite interested in precious metals, the programme, ‘The Golden Age of Silver’, is especially appealing to us, since it appeals to our love of history and bling. In this programme, Dan Cruickshank considers the Georgian and Victorian obsession with silver, and muses as to what this fascination with the precious metal reveals about these societies.

We actually did a quick search for ‘silver’ in the newspaper archive just to see what came up and, true enough, silver-based ‘bling’ was very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. In particular, the period, 1850 to 1900, looks to have been the golden age for silver.

The programme will be broadcast on BBC4 on Wednesday 2 May at 9pm. To find out more about the programme, click on the link below.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01fhmhp

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