Cavill Silverware Collection
A collection of silver and EPNS (electroplated nickel silver) tableware, trophies, napkin rings and spoons made and / or used in Australia mostly between the 1890s and 1950s.
Consisting of over a hundred EPNS (electroplated nickel sliver) and silver objects mostly made from circa 1890 and into the 1950s in Australia, this collection was assembled in the 1980s and 1990s by G W Kenneth Cavill, an Emeritus Professor of the University of New South Wales. In his retirement, Professor Cavill has researched and published the histories of notable early 20th century silverware manufacturers in Australia. The collection is representative of their products and includes many rare examples. Souvenirs and giftware such as spoons and napkin rings by key makers are particularly well represented. Examples of high quality Australian hollowware, which so successfully competed with imported goods, are also included. Rare manufacturers' catalogues of the 1920s and 1930s that complete the collection, show the extensive range of products then available. This unique collection was put together for the purpose of documenting and preserving examples of a once-thriving industry, a golden era for the production of domestic silverware in Australia.
Australian colonial metalwork; Silverware
Cutlery; Serviette rings; Tableware
G W Kenneth Cavill