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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Indian pieces including jewellery owned by the mother of the Maharajah Duleep Singh attract bids at Bonhams

25 April 2022

The Islamic and Indian Art sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) on March 29 was topped by a diamond and emerald set gold pendant from the collection of Maharani Jindan Kaur (1817-63).

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Chaise longue value lies in the maker

11 April 2022

Knowledgeable bidders spot a design by Owen Jones on offer in North Yorkshire

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Rothschild name tempts bidders

04 April 2022

Provenance adds cachet to a varied selection offered in regional sale after London first dibs

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Menagerie of pin cushions provides creature comforts

28 March 2022

Appealing to a range of different types of collectors, particularly aficionados of sewing antiques, Victorian and Edwardian animal pin cushions have their own niche in the novelty silver field.

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Admiral’s prize money paid for a splendid service

28 March 2022

This 22oz George II serving dish by Paul de Lamerie (London 1747) was formerly part of the service commissioned by Admiral George Anson (1697-1762).

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Warwick vase cast became prize presented by Victoria

28 March 2022

Estimated at £20,000-30,000, this cast of the Warwick vase by John Samuel Hunt, London 1845, sold for £32,000.

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Important piece of Victorian silver made to commemorate largest art exhibition in the UK rediscovered in Macclesfield

28 March 2022

With more than 16,000 works on display, 'Art Treasures of Great Britain', held in a temporary iron-and-glass structure built in the Old Trafford area of Manchester in 1857, remains the largest art exhibition to be held in the UK.

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Dee family’s animal magic

28 March 2022

Henry William Dee, the son of Soho silversmith Thomas William Dee (c.1792- 1869), made a speciality of producing silver novelties for Garrard, Leuchars & Son and Asprey’s and other retail goldsmiths. There was real genius here and the patterns for many were patented.

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Wine-coolers benefit from silver finishing touch

28 March 2022

The London firm Samuel Jackson seems to have specialised in mounting other materials in silver to produce wine-coolers.

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Norwich silver celebrated and frost fair memories

28 March 2022

For many years the largest city outside London, Norwich had its own silver assay office during three periods from 1565-1702.

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Devlin musical box back at auction

28 March 2022

This parcel gilt musical box decorated with a frieze of figures is by Stuart Devlin (London 1975).

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Porringer counts as Commonwealth survivor

28 March 2022

An example of 17th century hollowware appeared for sale at Dawsons (23% buyer’s premium) in Maidenhead earlier this year.

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Strike two for Sampson & Mordan vesta cases

28 March 2022

The Jewellery, Watches and Objects of Vertu sale at Dix Noonan Webb (25% buyer’s premium) in London on March 15 included more fine silver and enamel vesta cases by Sampson Mordan & Co to add to those sold by the firm in September 2021.

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Stored away since 1920s, brought to light in 2022 sale

28 March 2022

Silver was the major strength of a recent two-day sale at Dreweatts (25% buyers’ premium). All bar one of the 549 lots got away to a hammer total tipping the £1m mark.

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Early silver from Faniel collection on offer at Drouot

21 March 2022

Early silver will go under the hammer this month at Drouot when Jean-Marc Delvaux offers items from the collection of Stéphane Faniel (1909-78).

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Third slice of Sztejnberg silver offered in Paris

21 March 2022

Fashion retailer’s extensive and wide-ranging French collection sets a €4m total in Paris

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Police plea for return of stolen medals from Colchester museum

19 March 2022

Essex Police and Hollytrees Museum in Colchester are hoping to recover five 19th century medals stolen in a burglary earlier this month.

St Simon terminal spoon

Pick of the week: Henry VIII spoons emerge from storage

14 March 2022

The collecting history of English silver spoons spans well over a century.

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Wiener Werkstätte design catches the eye at Metz

14 March 2022

Among the eye-catchers in the general auction at Metz in Heidelberg on March 25-26 is a small, partly enamelled silver box with a gilt interior.

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Collection from German castle hidden in wooden crates for 90 years emerges in Munich

14 March 2022

More than 600 lots at Neumeister’s Munich sale on March 30 have been hidden from public view for 90 years, packed in wooden crates.

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