Sterling silver to-day is a luxury rather than a necessity, but there is a strong preference in its favour, notwithstanding its enhanced price. Silversmiths are busier than ever, and the variety of silver goods shown in the shop windows greater than it has ever been. Although the collector can never allow the antique to be neglected, the hunter after Victorian and post-Victorian silver in the far distant future will find among the relics of that period, beautiful works of art upon which they will find the marks or touch of the hall of assay guaranteeing the quality of the metal of which they are made.