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Silversmiths of Virginia topic of June 7 talk

A first Friday Speakers Lecture Series begins at 7 p.m. next Friday, June 7, at the Mathews Museum, 200 Main Street, Mathews.

Tom Karow of Mathews, a silver historian and museum vice chair, will discuss the silversmiths of Virginia prior to 1865. According to a news release, silversmithing was then considered a craft and appreciated as an art form.

Karow will display silver on loan from area dealers and owners, including Virginia silver pieces dating to the mid-18th century silversmiths, the release said.

Karow is president of the Fairfield Foundation and a member of the Mathews VA250 Committee.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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