The Silver Age: The History and Trade of Chinese Silver

Why We Recommend it

This special exhibition, featuring over 200 silver objects, zooms in on the role of silver in global economic development.


Silver, as early currency, has been linked to global economy, maritime trade and international relations. Silverwares triggered the technical and cultural exchange of handicrafts between countries and regions.

The Silver Age is a special exhibition curated by the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. It is divided into six sections, including ‘Global Maritime Trade’, ‘Making of Chinese Silver’, ‘Export Silver’, ‘Workshops in Treaty Ports’, ‘From Canton to Hong Kong’ and ‘East Meets West: Table Etiquette’.

Taking the role of silver in global economic development as a starting point, the exhibit explores the origins of Chinese export silver, Hong Kong as a trading hub of export silver during the late 19th and the first half of the 20th century, and Hong Kong’s close relation with other silver manufacturing centers in China

The exhibits are selected from prominent collections of the Guangdong Museum, the HSBC Archives, Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Museum of Art and a number of local collectors. 


When: 19 Dec 2017 - 25 Feb 2018 Where: Hong Kong Maritime Museum – Central Pier No. 8 – Central