About Silver Fox Antiques and Unique Art Online
Silver Fox Antiques was started by Jon & Meg Reynard. "Reynard" translates to "fox". As a result the name "Silver Fox Antiques" was born.
Unique Art Online is the parent company of Silver Fox Antiques and Fine Art Abstracts. Fine Art Abstracts presents Meg Reynard's original acrylic art work.
JON AND MARGARET (Meg)
Meg comes from a long line of artists and has a life long appreciation for the work of artisans. In addition, she is fascinated by history, especially Victorian living. These two interests led her to the craftsmanship and history associated with American Silver Plate wares. She began collecting pieces at flea markets and spent hours removing tarnish and dirt from her precious finds. Wanting to preserve these treasures for her daughters and posterity, she began her search for skilled silversmiths who could help with restoration, to return the pieces to their original state. Thus Silver Fox Antiques was born. Somewhere along the way Jon was drawn into her passion and they continue to collect, research, and restore American Golden Age Silver.
Studying the history of time helps place silver pieces in their historical context. Be sure to check out timeline of important dates in dating silver.
Closely paralleling and helping to drive America's Golden Age of Silver from 1840 to 1940 was the transportation revolution. The building of grand hotels, railroad expansions, and modern steamships created a demand for well produced American Silver Plate. To find out more explore Hotels, Railroads, Steamships in History.
The Civil War, the opening of the Suez Canal, the California Gold Rush, Two World Wars, and the great immigration know as "The Great Wave" are but a few events in the backdrop of these pieces.
American silvercraft has deep roots in French history. The Huguenots were French Protestants who were members of the Reformed Church established in France by John Calvin around 1555 The Edict of Nantes had provided political and religious freedom for the French Protestants (Huguenots) since 1598. However, in 1685 the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes was decreed by King Louis XIV, Grandson of Henry IV. Louis XIV was determined to rule a nation unified politically under his rule and religiously under his faith, Catholicism. This revocation was hailed by Catholics and led to the persecution of the Huguenots. Huguenot silversmiths fled from French provincial cities and towns to England, many settled in London.
Some English silversmiths were highly influenced from the style and techniques of these artisans. Huguenot craftmanship in silverwork were of the highest caliber. The Huguenots introduced a number of new decorative features during the Restoration period, such as ‘cut-card’ work. This technique involves applying patterns cut from sheet silver on to the surface of a vessel. Similarly, the vase-shaped two-handled cup, so popular in English silver throughout the 18th century, has often been cited as a Huguenot innovation.
Not only did these craftsmen have an influence on the English silversmiths many of these refugees and their apprentices made their way to the New World. Large numbers of Huguenots migrated to the Carolinas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York. Paul Revere an American silversmith comes from such a lineage. Further Presidents of the United States who were descendants of Huguenot immigrants were George Washington, John Quincy Adams, John Tyler, James Garfield, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Delanor Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. In addition, Bedloe's Island that is now called Liberty Island was named for a Huguenot who found refuge.
The Reynard family traces their arrival in America back to the ship "Samuel Hugh Percy" which arrived in Philadelphia August 16th, 1731 from Rotterdam carrying the Kershner side of our family.
The Reynard side of the family traces back to George Reynard who settled in Shanandoah, Virginia in the 1700s.