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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British falconry trophy flies into US sale

07 November 2022

The November 15 Silver & Vertu ‘signature’ sale at Heritage in Texas includes what specialist Karen Rigdon calls “probably the strongest collection of English silver that we’ve had in the last 10 years”.

Medal

An 18th century 100 guinea gold medal stars in our pick of five auction highlights

28 October 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a medal awarded to the captain that navigated Indonesia’s Pitt Strait that made over 35-times estimate in Warrington.

Tiffany flatware

Fabulous Tiffany flatware served up in a Gilded Age at Knightsbridge auction

24 October 2022

The sale of Silver and Objects of Vertu at Bonhams Knightsbridge on October 20-21 was topped by a multi-estimate bid for a remarkable flatware service by Tiffany.

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Silver candlesticks linked to Prussian royal family spotted by eagle-eyed bidders

17 October 2022

On the first day of an auction held by Schloss Ahlden (26% buyer’s premium), a German collector with a passion for history saw off numerous dealers and collectors from home and abroad who had also trained their sights on a set of four silver candlesticks from the early 19th century.

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Swiss selection of Russian silver

17 October 2022

A three-day auction held by Schuler (23/20/16% buyer’s premium) in Zurich achieved numerous notable results.

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English scent bottle emerges in Chicago from a Kansas City collector

10 October 2022

A single-owner collection of 42 gold boxes and objects of vertu from the estate of a Kansas City collector is to be offered by Hindman on October 18.

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Go ape about a mustard pot

26 September 2022

Novelty condiment sets inspired by the far reaches of the British Empire are a feature of Victorian silver.

Goldsmiths' Hall

Goldsmiths' Fair celebrates 40 years with exhibition of 40 pieces of silver and jewellery

15 September 2022

As part of the next Goldsmiths' Fair this month 40 pieces from the Goldsmiths’ Company’s collection will be on display.

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Style of Silver gets new Hungerford shopfront

12 September 2022

Styles Silver of Hungerford has moved a few doors down the road. The LAPADA member started trading at 12 Bridge Street in Hungerford in 1979 and has now moved down the street to number 3.

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Fowler’s star award on offer at Sovereign Rarities

12 September 2022

The Royal Medal for Astronomy is presented each year by the Royal Society for distinguished contributions to the applied sciences.

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Nantes expo gold medal emerges at Harmers

12 September 2022

Although an auction house since 1918, stamps specialist Harmers is a relative newcomer to the London numismatic sales.

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Famous owners Tuke and Klimt enhance early 20th century items

05 September 2022

This textbook Edwardian Arts & Crafts planished silver chalice by Omar Ramsden and fellow Sheffield-born designer Alwyn Carr, pictured below, is of extra interest for its inscription.

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Qing trophy won by an Australian bidder

05 September 2022

Cheffins’ (24.5% buyer’s premium) latest silver offering in Cambridge was topped by a Qing trophy, c.1850.

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Irish ‘freedom’ boxes bring fierce bidding battles in Oxfordshire auction

05 September 2022

The sale at Swan Fine Art (21% buyer’s premium) in Tetsworth, Oxfordshire, on August 11-12 included two Irish ‘freedom’ boxes, c.1775.

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British and overseas silver at Fellows

05 September 2022

The Silver, Coins & Medals auction at Fellows in Birmingham on September 13 will include this garniture of three George V silver pedestal bowls with lion and serpent embellishments. estimated at £1500-2500.

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Silver: The growing fame of the Highlands ‘hammermen’

05 September 2022

Edinburgh auction highlights work of the Highlands silversmiths who operated far from the control of the assay office in the Scottish capital

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Victorian kettle modelled as a curling stone doubles estimate in Edinburgh

05 September 2022

Nineteenth and early 20th century novelty silver continues to be one of the strengths of the collecting category.

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Brontë family link boosts silver jug result

05 September 2022

Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) summer silver sale included a Victorian jug by Robert Hennell with Brontë family connections.

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Dreweatts to hold sale of items from Windsor House Antiques

29 August 2022

Auction house Dreweatts will conduct a sale at Barnwell Manor, Northamptonshire – home to dealership Windsor House Antiques – on September 7.

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In the emperor’s service

15 August 2022

The French silver-gilt table knife and fork shown here, c.1810, is from a service made for Napoleon Bonaparte.

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