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JONES , EDWARD ALFRED ( 1871 - 1943 ), connoisseur of silverware ;

b. 1871 , one of the four children of Thomas (d. 1877 ) and Mary Jones , Upper Cross Keys Inn , Llanfyllin, Mont. The mother moved to Porthmadog ( c. 1895 ) and to Pwllheli ( c. 1910 ). The son had private tuition before joining the Royal Welch Fusiliers but he did not pursue that path and resigned from the army . Having developed a deep interest in gold and silver antiques , he began to write to Y Cymmrodor and Archaeologia Cambrensis in 1904 and was a regular contributor for the rest of his life to journals such as the Burlington Magazine (e.g. ‘ Some old silver plate in the possession of Lord Mostyn ’, 1907 ), The Connoisseur (e.g. ‘ Welsh goldsmiths ’, 1941 ), Apollo , The Athenaeum and Art in America . The church plate of the diocese of Bangor ( 1906 ) was his first book, and it was soon followed by a number of books and catalogues dealing with gold treasures and silver plate of the churches of England and the Isle of Man , the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge , the royal collection in the Tower of London , and many private collections. After visiting museums and homes on the Continent , Russia and United States of America he published the fruits of his studies in The old English plate of the Emperor of Russia ( 1909 ), The old silver of American churches ( 1909 ), Old silver of Europe and America, from early times to the nineteenth century ( 1928 ) and other works. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Fine Art in Yale University , U.S.A. , and received an hon. M.A. degree from four universities ( Wales ; 1918 ), he was elected a Fellow of a number of learned societies ; received the freedom of the city of London ; and became a member of the Gorsedd of Bards . He d. a bachelor in London 23 Aug. 1943 .


  • Who was who? ;
  • Y Casglwr pob peth printiedig , 32, Aug. 1987 , 18-9;
  • Office of Population and Census Studies Indexes , July-Sept. 1871 .


Dr Mary Auronwy James, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001