18 February 2011 by Published in: Podcast Archives Tags:, , 7 comments

Click image for details of restoration; before and after of the Fire Trumpet

Martin visits artisan Ruth Rhoten, silversmith, goldsmith & artist at her studio. They talk about her wonderful silver making as well as her antique silver conservation work for dealers and collectors nationwide. (we apologize for the background noise of heavy rain)

Ruth’s website: Here.

Our video at the studio: Here.


  1. Jim
    Sat 19th Feb 2011 at 6:20 am

    Ruth restored my fireman’s speaking trumpet pictured on the podcast page. She does absolutely flawless work. I can’t recommend her highly enough!

  2. Jim
    Sun 20th Feb 2011 at 3:46 am

    Martin: Thanks for the Ruth Rhoten interview! Ruth has restored and repaired for me countless dented or damaged sterling objects. Sterling inlay, onlay (very difficult), and even reattached the completely severed arm of a candelabrum. She worked conscientiously on every piece and charged only a most reasonable fee.
    Also, George Shreve & Co was the largest and most important silversmith in the west. Workers from Vanderslise, Schulz & Fischer and other makers often joining Shreve. Arthur Thumler and John O Bellis got there start there. I have a sugar and creamer in one of the dozen or so 14th century patterns of Shreve signed only John O Bellis . Benjamin Shreve of Jones, Ball & Co (later the Shreve of Shreve Crump & Low) was a close relation of George and Sam of S.F. and supplied them with much of their early merchandise.

  3. Wed 02nd Mar 2011 at 5:12 am

    Good podcast! Ruth is a silver magician! Her repairs of complex silver plated hollow ware are astonishing, and virtually undetectable. A true crafts person! She has done three, all beautifully. Thanks, Ian

  4. Wed 02nd Mar 2011 at 5:33 pm

    A wondrous painter and silversmith, Ruth restored all my family silverware and her beautiful paintings grace my walls. A true Artist!

  5. Stephen Weller
    Thu 03rd Mar 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Ruth Rhoten is a wonderful artist, and a skilled craftsman.
    She restored silver pieces for us, and was immensely helpful to Argentum Antiques over many years. We enjoyed the podcast and the “shop tour”; we wish her the very best.

  6. Susan D.
    Thu 10th Mar 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Ruth herself is that rarest of jewels: gifted artist, technical perfectionist, and true professional. Her jewelry is a joy to behold and a delight to wear. The designs are inspired and the weight, craftsmanship, and finish compare favorably with the best Italian gold I’ve handled. Ruth’s silver tablewares are unique, sculptural modern masterpieces of equal quality. Her technical stds would be exceptional in any period, and may be unmatched in the twenty first century.

    Ruth’s conservation work shows both her technical perfection and her understanding of period design. In addition to gold, silver and gemstones, she also works in other materials, incl. wood. Perhaps most remarkable, Ms. Rhotan meets her deadlines!

  7. Eleana Pawl
    Sun 26th Jun 2011 at 1:34 am

    I just caught up with your interview. How wonderful to hear your clear voice and bright laughter in this interview and see your studio space in the Youtube presentation. It is a joy to read the comments about your designs and expertise in restoration work, as well as your paintings.
    We miss you in Seattle!

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