The Antique Metalware Society publishes a journal annually and hard copies of the latest edition are distributed to members. Referred to as the Journal of the Antique Metalware Society (JAMS), back issues are available for purchase at £12 each, and a list the contents of each issue may be viewed by following the sub-menu item to “Journal – Issue Contents”.

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AIMS and SCOPE of the Journal

The Journal of the Antique Metalware Society publishes contributions which increase the knowledge and understanding of antique base metal objects of all kinds and historical periods and their social and industrial context.

The term ‘base metal’ encompasses a variety of non-precious metals and their alloys including copper, brass, iron, bronze, steel, nickel, paktong, zinc and lead: these humbler metals have been closely involved in every aspect of daily life and at every level of society.

The scope of the Journal includes articles on the history and methods of production; styles and uses; comparative accounts of specific objects; manufacturing techniques; analysis of metal composition; forgeries, replicas etc; specific manufacturers; identifying features; conservation and restoration; metalwork in a social, historical and architectural perspective; geographical aspects of production; appropriate archaeological aspects; manufacturers’ catalogues and pattern books; historical records of base metalware.

Although there are no firm restrictions on the time period covered, a range from the medieval to early 20th century is preferred, with an emphasis on objects which were hand-made rather than mass produced.

Guidelines for Authors


  • The deadline for submitting articles by e-mail is 28 February.
  • The deadline for submitting articles by post (i.e. handwritten or type-written documents) is 31 January.
  • All images, tables, references and permissions for reproduction should be included with submissions.


  • Typed documents should be submitted as unformatted Word documents.
  • Authors submitting more than one article should submit each paper as a separate document.


  • Authors are responsible for establishing permission to reproduce images and should include appropriate accreditation in captions. All costs for reproduction should be met by the author(s).
  • Photographs should be submitted by WeTransfer, or on a memory stick. The author should include a SAE if they wish for the memory stick to be returned.
  • Images should be in .jpeg or .jpg format, at 300dpi and approximately 3MB.
  • Colour or black and white prints will be scanned by the Editor.
  • Authors submitting their own photographs should provide one photograph per object, against a white or bright background, free of clutter.

Drawings, tables and diagrams:

  • Photocopies of line drawings are acceptable, but photocopies of photocopies should not be submitted.
  • The Editor may re-draw line drawings digitally to ensure consistency of presentation.

References and endnotes:

  • References and endnotes are essential.
  • Book references should include author’s/authors’ full name, title (italics), publisher, place of publication, volume number (if one of a series), edition, page numbers. For example:

Michael Owen, Antique Cast Iron, Blandford Press, Poole, 1977, pp.1-127.

  •  Journal references should include author’s/authors’ full name, title of article, journal (italics), year, volume, page. For example:

Geoffrey Draughn, ‘What’s in a Name? Tutenag or Paktong?’, Journal of the Antique Metalware Society, Vol. 18, 2010, pp. 56-57.

  • Original papers should be referred to by place of keeping and library reference number.
  • Trade catalogue references should include probable date of publication and place of keeping.


  • Contributions (articles, letters, etc.) will be refereed by the Editor, the Editorial Board (two members) and, where relevant, an appropriate specialist within the membership of the AMS, or an external expert.
  • Once accepted, the contribution will not necessarily appear in the next issue of the journal. The author(s) will be notified in advance when this is the case.
  • Editorial responsibility includes the right, in consultation with the author(s), to change, delete, abbreviate or amend the text.


  • Copyright of articles in the Journal of the Antique Metalware Society resides with the author(s).
  • The views expressed in articles, notes and reviews are those of the author(s) and these may or may not coincide with the views of the Editor or the Committee.
  • Neither the Editor nor the Society is responsible for comments or claims by the author(s) as to the date, provenance or authenticity of any item discussed.
  • No part of any article may be reproduced without the permission of the author(s).

Offers of contributions should be submitted to:

Jeremy Hodgkinson, AMS Journal Editor,

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