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John Benjamin is author of Starting to Collect Antique Jewellery and co-author with Paul Atterbury of Arts and Crafts to Art Deco: The Jewellery and Silver of H G Murphy.

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Starting to Collect Antique Jewellery (Starting to Collect)

Starting to Collect Antique Jewellery (Antique Collectors’ Club: ISBN 1-85149-407-3: £12.50) is a popular and realistically priced book exploring a wide range of subjects which students, dealers, private collectors and historians alike can expect to encounter. Since publication in November 2003 over 20,000 copies have been sold. Chapter headings include important topics such as Cameos and Intaglios, 19th Century Revival Jewellery, Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Fabergé, Tiffany and Cartier while a Jewellery Compendium examines valuations, fakes and forgeries, cleaning, restoration and repairs.


The Jewellery and Silver of H.G. Murphy: Arts and Crafts to Art Deco

Arts and Crafts to Art Deco: The Jewellery and Silver of H G Murphy (Antique Collectors’ Club: ISBN 1-85149-488X: £35.00) examines the life and work of Henry George Murphy (1884-1939), innovative goldsmith, silversmith and inspirational teacher. Harry Murphy served his apprenticeship under Henry Wilson, probably Britain’s greatest designer goldsmith of the Arts & Crafts era. From 1928 until his death in 1939, he worked from retail premises in Marylebone known as the Falcon Studio where he designed and created a prodigious amount of silverware as well as some truly startling gold, silver and enamel jewellery inspired by nature, architecture, the Ballet Russes and the extrovert vibrancy of the Jazz Age.


Also a contributor to:-
Miller’s Antiques Encyclopedia, Judith Miller’s Illustrated Dictionary of Antiques & Collectables and BBC Antiques Roadshow’s How To Spot A Fake.


John Benjamin is a contributor to periodicals such as Homes & Antiques magazine, NADFAS Review, and the Antique Trade Gazette as well as articles on jewellery in the corporate sector. Please contact us at if you would like an article on a selected jewellery topic in your own journal or magazine.


John Benjamin is a long standing member of BBC Television’s ever-popular Antiques Roadshow team of specialists responsible for examining and valuing literally thousands of items of jewellery for members of the public all over the country.

John says, “I feel extremely privileged to be associated with this national institution. Amongst the more memorable of my finds were a rare blue diamond ring seen at Canterbury, the wonderful gold and enamel box bought at a car boot sale for £20 which I valued at £2500-£3500 and the incredible hoard of jewellery valued at Cliveden which had been retrieved by the owner from Slough Municipal Tip!”