Piers Rankin began his career with a 6 year apprenticeship at the London and New York company of silver dealers, S J Shrubsole. He also studied at the Sir John Cass School of Art and in 1979 was awarded a City & Guild London Institute Diploma in Silversmith work and Allied Crafts. The weekends and holidays were spent working his own market stall in Camden Passage, Islington which is famed for its antique trade and then he opened his first one room shop in the Mall Antique Arcade, staying there for almost ten years. In 1994 he moved further along the Passage and had the luxury of a three floor shop, two of which were filled with high quality English silver (and some foreign), silver plate, old Sheffield plate and glassware. In 2021 Piers Rankin relocated to Great Grooms of Hungerford, Riverside House, Charnam Street, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0EP.