Silver & Silver-plated items

Barkentin and Krall chalice

Barkentin and Krall chalice - £27,500 at JS Auctions.

When it comes to antique silverware, the size and weight of objects does not always determine value. Grand works by the likes of London-based Huguenot Paul de Lamerie or the Germain family in Paris have acquired huge status and value, while small objects such as nutmeg graters, early spoons or vesta cases can command high sums as they have a strong specialist collecting base.

The system of silver hallmarks serves as a quality control, giving an official stamp from showing the metal is of requisite purity, but the marks (or punches) also reveal the year, the place of origin and the identity of the maker, providing pieces of silverware with their own stamped passport of information.


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Maltese marvel – silver coffee pot stars as auction best seller

26 February 2024

Eighteenth century coffee pot made on the Mediterranean island stands out as best-seller in an extensive and varied auction array.

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Mug reflects story of the famous Tichborne Claimant fraudster

26 February 2024

Silver item with intriguing inscription linked to notorious lengthy legal battle will be offered at Hampshire fair

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Stand-out silver to look out for in upcoming auctions

26 February 2024

A selection of previews from three British sales and another in Germany

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Three silver items to savour from Devon sale

26 February 2024

Pictured here are three highlight lots from recent sales held by Whittons (20% buyer’s premium) in Honiton, Devon.

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A tale of two cities: spotlight on Paris and London workshops

26 February 2024

A French three-colour gold snuff box was a highlight of the silver and vertu section of Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne’s recent winter sale.

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Beaker was made by the only female silversmith in Norwich

26 February 2024

Another auction where silver and objects of vertu were prominent was the fine art and antiques sale staged by Elstob (25% buyer’s premium).

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Monumental trophy races to £19,000

26 February 2024

Silverware was a major component of Bonhams’ (28/27/21/14.5% buyer’s premium) Knightsbridge auction titled The Connoisseur’s Library on February 13-14.

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Shackleton’s Polar Medal blocked from export

12 February 2024

A temporary export block has been placed on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Polar Medal in the hope a buyer in the UK can pay £1.7m.

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St Roch rises miraculously among New York lots

12 February 2024

A Venetian Old Master painting of St Roch attributed to the circle of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696- 1770) awoke from the slumber of a $600-900 estimate to hammer for $75,000 (£59,000).

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American tazza was designed by a Danish silversmith

05 February 2024

A rare silver and turquoise tazza designed by Erik Magnussen (1884-1961) for the Gorham Manufacturing Company sold for $24,000 (£19,000) at Schwenke Auctioneers (29/27% buyer’s premium) in Woodbury, Connecticut.

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Polar medal.

UK buyer sought for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Polar medal

02 February 2024

A temporary export block has been placed on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s polar medal in the hope a buyer in the UK can pay £1.7m.

Maltese silver coffee pot

Maltese silver coffee pot shines at auction

01 February 2024

An exceptional Maltese silver coffee pot took six-times estimate at auction.

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Claret jug bits and pieces combine for healthy sums

29 January 2024

The novelty silver mounted glass claret jugs made in the form of birds and animals in the later Victorian era by goldsmith firms such as Alexander Crichton and Sampson Mordan were very popular in the later part of the 19th century.

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Early Newcastle silver sniffed out in Oxford saleroom

22 January 2024

The earliest records of the silversmithing on the Tyne date from 1249.

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Silver plane travels well at small scale

22 January 2024

A sterling silver scale model of the Lockheed TriStar aircraft was the top lot at Kinghams’ (25% buyer’s premium) Silver and Objects of Vertu sale in the Cotswolds.

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Tobacco wealth fuelled commission of Tiffany vase

22 January 2024

This extraordinary Tiffany & Co. silver and mixed metal vase has many of the characteristics of the firm’s chief designer and director of its silver works, Edward Chandler Moore (1827-91).

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Claret with character thanks to a novelty jug

15 January 2024

Figural novelty silver-mounted glass claret jugs are a favourite collectable and some of the most popular examples are fashioned as animals.

Channel Islands silver mug

Pick of the week: Raise two pints to Guernsey mug at auction

08 January 2024

The vast majority of Georgian-era Channel Islands silver baluster mugs are of a pint or half-pint capacity.

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Condiments of the season: mustard pots bonanza in the saleroom

02 January 2024

Single-owner collection forms biggest dispersal of mustard pots at auction for many years

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Prince’s driving passion for railway building

18 December 2023

By all accounts, the Bulgarian prince and later Tsar Ferdinand I was a passionate railway enthusiast.

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