​​Selected Publications

Irish Rococo Silver. The Australian Connoisseur and Collector, 1982, Australia

No Hope for Harley- but who was WH?  The Australian Antique Collector, June 1983, Australia. (research into mis-ascription, William Hope of Exeter’s mark to Walter Harley)

Australian Silver – The Origins. The Australian Antique Collector, July 1984, Australia (research of a specific early piece of unidentified Australian silver – the Collins Castor)

Australian Silver. The Antique Collector, May 1985, UK. (a model of Australian silver)

Silver Tales – The Eton Plate. Australian Collectors Quarterly, May 1991, Australia.
(review of Exhibition at Sotheby’s, London)

The Collins Castor: a Tasmanian survivor, The Silver Society Journal, winter 1991, UK. (revisiting earlier work on a item of Australian silver)

Treasures from the Kremlin. Australian Collectors Annual, 1991-1992, Australia.
(review of Exhibition, Sotheby’s, London)

The Nettleship Cup. Australiana, February 1997, Australia (Research into a New Zealand mounted Emu egg Cup).

Silver in the Museum of Fine Arts. Boston. Carter’s Homes Antiques and Collectables, April 1997, Australia.

Silver in the Wellington Museum. Carter’s Homes Antiques and Collectables, April/May 1998, Australia.

New Zealand Silver In Wellington. Silver Magazine, July 1998, USA.
(review of an exhibition)

Heritage Regained: silver from the Gilbert Collection. Carter’s Homes Antiques and Collectables, August/September 1998, Australia.

A History Lesson from the new world. Antiques Trade Gazette, 7th July 2001, U.K. (Observations on the proposed “Kent Bill” legislation in UK).

Waddesdon Manor – silver splendour. Silver Magazine, July/August 2002, U.S.A.

 A European Heritage: C19th silver in Australia. The Silver Society Journal, Nov 15, 2003, U.K. (Examining the mannerist influence on 19th century Australian Silver)

The Schatzkammer and the Antipode. Australiana, March 2004, Australia. (Examining the mannerist influence on 19th century Australian Silver)

A Multicultural Ewer. Silver Journal of Australia, Number 1, 2005, Australia.
(examination of English Ewer with Australian connections)

Pre-1820 Silversmiths and allied tradesmen in Australia, Australiana, Nov 2011, Australia (list of capable silver and metal workers)

Artists Resale Royalties adapted and adopted in Australia. Antiques Trade Gazette, October 2012, UK.

 An early Australian Silver gift – its authenticity and context. Australiana, May 2016 (an Australian silver child christening spoon or gift)

Set at each trencher plate a knife, a spoone, and silver forke…... Finial, vol 28/03, Jan/Feb 2018, UK, (evidence of the early provision of table silver)

Masked intentions?  Finial vol 29/05 May/June 2019, UK. (a re-handled spoon with marked additions)

Australian Goldsmith's and Silversmith's marks: - the records of the Australian Assay Office. Australiana, August 2019, vol 41, no 3.

The Brief History of Australian Hallmarking. Antiques Trade Gazette, 31st September 2019. UK

An Australian Story of four fake Hester Bateman Wine Labels. Co-authored with Tony Lewis, The Wine Circle Journal, Autumn 2019, volume 14, number 5, UK


The Handbook of Silver. A manual of notes and resource material, regularly updated.

Australian Gold and Silversmiths Marks - from the records of the Sydney Hall Mark Co and the Commonwealth of Australia Hall Mark Co, 1923 to 1928, by Jolyon Warwick James.

Published hard cover reference work, ISBN 978-0-646-99639-4

Biographical Details

Lectures and Presentations

​The Silver from Christchurch, Oxford.  Lecture to accompany a loan exhibition, at Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand. November, 2000.

What we can learn about silver from paintings, engravings and illuminated manuscripts.
Lecture to Royal Leamington Spa Decorative and Fine Arts Society, Leamington Spa, U.K. January 2003.

A European Heritage: C19th silver in Australia.
Lecture to Silver Society, London.U.K.. Jan 2003.

Rococo Silver in England.
Lecture to Alresford Decorative and Fine Arts Society, Alresford, U.K. January 2004.

The Schatzkammer and the Antipodes. Australiana, Australia. March 2004

Fakes and Forgeries in Silver.
Lecture to Cleveland Circle of the Decorative Arts Trust, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. May 2005.

Silver Skulduggery – fakes and forgeries in silver.
Lectures to BRIDFAS Hamburg, and BRIDFAS Osnabruck, Germany, June 2005.

Silver In the NGV: understanding style and decoration.
Seminar at the NGV, Melbourne. September 2006

English Silver and Continental Silver Gilt.
Lecture at seminar weekend for “The Herbert and May Shaw bequest – a gracious gift”. Hamilton Art Gallery, Victoria, October 2007

Huguenot Silver,
Lecture to the Huguenot Society of Australia, Sydney, February 2010

What is it worth to you?
Video on NSW Govt Trustee and Guardian website, also a DVD. September 2010.

Australian Silver – the Adelaide influence,
Lecture ADFAS, Adelaide, April 2014

A silver evening presented by Jolyon Warwick James.
The Burke Museum, Beechworth, Victoria, August 2016 (discussion of items in the collection)

Regency Silver – a case of Brotherly love?
The David Roche Foundation, Adelaide, April 2019.

Silver in “Georgian” England.
Talk to Silver Society of Australia, Sydney, May 2019.

Hallmarking Silver in Australia - a brief attempt at control.
Lecture to Silver Society, Burlington House, London, UK June 2019


Antiques Radio Show: on
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Current and Recent Accreditations and Credentials Include:

Natural Soaps

Event Management and Coordination

Valuation days.  Organiser and valuer: Sutherland Shire Council (Heritage Festival), April 2006 and 2007, Pittwater Council March 2007 (Seniors Week). Baulkham Hills Shire Council (Bella Vista Farm Park) Sept 2008, NSW Trustee and Guardian (Good Will Week) Sept 2010.

Ask The Experts. Event inaugurator, co-director and valuer. Joint venture valuation day Australian Antique Dealer’s Association and Historic Houses Trust. April 2006, May 2007, March 2008.

Annual Kirkoswold Silver Study Day. Organizer and presenter of annual seminar in Sydney since 2007 - 2016.

B.A.(Lond) and Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Lond). 

Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (University of Cambridge).

Appointed Australian Government Expert Examiner under the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act, since 1993. 

Approved to value silver under the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program (Tax incentives for the arts) since 1988.

Member of Lapada (UK), first joined 1985.

Member of CINOA, and past Board Member 2009 – 2015 (international art and antiques federation).

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA), since 2015. 

Honorary Associate of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, since 1997.

ADFAS lecturer, Australia, since 1990

Member of the Chancellors Committee of the University of Sydney, since 1995

Member of The Silver Society (UK), since 1983. 

Foundation member of The Silver Society of Australia and President from 1990-94, and 1996-99. 

Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, and The City of London, since 1989. 

Past President of the Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association, 2013 – 2015

Past President of the Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association (NSW Chapter), 2004 – 2013.

Lecturer National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS, UK), 2000 – 2010. ​



For 40 years, Jolyon Warwick James has acted as a professional consultant developing an extensive specialised knowledge and qualifications as a lecturer, valuer (appraiser), and adviser with respect to English, European, Colonial and other silver. He is recognised internationally through his articles, lectures, and personal representations. He works with Museums, auction houses, Government bodies, commercial enterprises, collectors and educational organisations both within Australia and overseas.

Jolyon Warwick James’s work as a silver consultant requires him to travel regularly overseas undertaking study tours, lectures and fulfilling other commissions. He does this with much energy and professional enthusiasm and has made the pursuit of knowledge and the understanding of the noble metal, into a pleasure to be shared with others.