ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Celebrated & Highly Sought After 18th Century London Female Silversmith Hester Bateman.

Updated on November 22, 2014
Antique Hester Bateman Sterling Silver Sauce Boat 1777
Antique Hester Bateman Sterling Silver Sauce Boat 1777

Hester Bateman - A Successful Woman in a Man's World

Hester Bateman was a highly skilled female silversmith who managed to achieve great success in an industry heavily dominated by men and despite the widespread opposition to women in most occupations and trades of the time.

Hester married an already established silversmith called John Bateman, who was also an accomplished craftsman who specialised in manufacturing silver watch chains. John died in 1760. It is widely believed that Hester was taught the silversmith business by John at the same time that she was bringing up their children and looking after her family – this was quite an achievement at a time when there were no domestic appliances as we know them now and other household aids were almost non-existent.

Following her husband's untimely death, Hester Bateman took over the running of the silversmiths business that her husband had started and inherited all of his tools and equipment. From that point, until the mid-1770’s, she concentrated primarily on the production of silversmith work that had been commissioned by other silversmiths and consequently, she had no time for producing original items under her own name. Because of this, most of her production during this period did not bear her hallmark. She had registered her mark in 1761 and in many cases Hester would identify the pieces she made on commission for other craftsmen but all too often they would overstamp her mark with their own thereby making it difficult to conclusively identify the piece as being the work of Hester Bateman.

A Change Of Direction For Hester Bateman

In the latter half of the 1770s, however, a change of direction for Hester Bateman and her family business was to take place. Finally, People had started to notice Hester's work and Hester Bateman silverware was beginning to become sought after and desirable in its own right, in particular the kind of items which she specialised in. These items included popular silver tableware pieces such as Sauce Boats, Silver Teapots, Drinking Mugs, Milk Jugs, Sugar Bowls, Spoons & Salt Cellars.

Hester and her husband John had a total of 6 children, their names being; John, Letticia, Ann, Peter, William, & Jonathan and some of them followed Hester into the family Silversmith trade and became well-known as silversmiths in their own right.

As the business continued to flourish under Hester’s skillful guidance, the family were able to employ many more silversmiths to work at their workshops located in Bunhill Row which is situated in North London. The Bateman family also lived at that location, which is now at the centre of London's digital and IT industries, being close to the so-called, "Silicon Roundabout"..

The End Of An Era - And A New Beginning

After a long and hard-working life, Hester Bateman eventually decided to retire in 1791. Her retirement was short-lived however and she passed away just 3 years later in 1794. Several of the Bateman family members however, including sons John, Peter, William and Jonathan, continued to work in the business and became well respected as skillful silversmiths in their own right. They continued for quite some time in continuing the Bateman Silverware Business long after Hester's death.

It has been estimated that, during their active period, the Bateman Silversmith family business produced in excess of eleven thousand pieces of outstandingly good silverware and many examples of their work still survive to this day.

Antique Hester Bateman Silver Basket 1780
Antique Hester Bateman Silver Basket 1780

Still Desirable & Very Collectible

Silverware crafted by Hester Bateman, as well as other pieces made by other members of the Bateman Silversmith family, is highly sought after today and remains desirable all over the world. Several specialist silverware dealers continue to offer fine examples of Hester Bateman's work along with examples made by the other members of the Bateman family.

If you are a lover of top quality fine silverware, perhaps you are considering including some work by Hester Bateman in your collection. If so, then it is worth visiting the websites of several British specialist silverware dealers where you will find fine examples of Hester Batemans's work available for sale.

.If you are lucky enough to be close to London then there are several antique silverware showrooms where you actually see and buy fine examples of Hester Bateman and other maker's silverware for yourself.

Hester Bateman Silverware, made in London and still available from specialist London-based silverware dealers, see the link below for more information.


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)