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Important silversmiths from Britain were Robert Cruickshank, James Hanna and, later, George Savage.

Among the Europeans were the Arnoldis, Schindlers and Bohles.

The earliest known works actually made in New France, dating from the first quarter of the 18th century, were produced by French-trained craftsmen who passed on their skills through an Apprenticeship system.

In hollowware, many small tumbler cups bear the marks of Québec silversmiths.

Some locally made works no doubt were lost in refashioning, were converted into cash, destroyed in fires or taken back to France.

Early surviving flatware indicates that tablespoons were the most numerous items made, along with forks and long-handled ragout spoons.

With the introduction of sheet silver, a new method for making hollowware emerged: the silversmith cut and joined separate parts into cylindrical forms, instead of raising a vessel into shape by hand.

From the 1780s to 1840s, Canadian silversmiths, inspired by the new techniques, produced teapots, sugar bowls, creamers, beakers and mugs in fashionable neoclassical styles from Britain and the Continent.

Birks takes home a Diamond International award, one of the world’s most prestigious diamond awards, for La plume de Cyran.

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