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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'Tigerware’ beer jug emerges in Cambridge sale

22 November 2021

Given their relatively small metal content, many silver-mounted ‘tigerware’ beer jugs survived the great bullion melting of the English Civil War, making them perhaps the most recognised example of late 16th century silver today.

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Spoons serve up taste of the 17th century

22 November 2021

As very personal items, typically weighing little more than an ounce of bullion, the most numerous silver survivors from the 17th century are spoons.

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London dealer celebrates silver expertise of Huguenots

22 November 2021

When Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685 (which had given religious freedom to French protestants), a flood of Huguenot refugees travelled across Europe to places where they could practise their religion in safety.

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Newlyweds buying Victorian table create a positive feeling for the future

22 November 2021

Most angles on the collecting spectrum were covered in Bamfords’ (24.75% buyer’s premium) three-day autumnal catalogue.

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Twenty shining ideas for the gift-giving season

22 November 2021

Many sales in late November and early December are assembled with presents in mind and silver and jewellery are much to the fore.

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Silver: give it a swirl in Paris

22 November 2021

A collection of silver assembled over half a century by a Brussels general practitioner with a passion for 18th century French silver is to be offered for sale by Dupont & Associés, Morlaix Enchères, at Drouot in Paris on December 6.

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Silver drinking novelty sails above estimate

22 November 2021

The windmill cup was the most popular of the novelty silver wager cups produced from the late 16th century until the early 18th century.

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Up sticks from the Potteries

22 November 2021

This pair of William III silver candlesticks came for sale at Potteries Auctions (20% buyer’s premium).

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Stolen snuff boxes recovered 42 years on

15 November 2021

A group of antique snuff boxes has been recovered after a theft more than 40 years ago.

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Silver salute to the great Sir Stanley Matthews sold by dealer

08 November 2021

A silver tea service presented to Sir Stanley Matthews (1915-2000) to mark his record England cap has been sold by a Hampshire dealer.

Maltese coffee pot

Pick of the week: Maltese silver survivors on way home

01 November 2021

Maltese silver pieces auctioned in the UK return to the Mediterranean island.

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Wartime work showing soldiers in Normandy joins Olympia fair highlights

27 October 2021

A “vanishingly rare” oil by Barnett Freedman (1901-58) showing a newly liberated Normandy town shortly after D-Day is among the star exhibits at the Winter Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia in London.

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Munnings leads the Los Angeles field

27 October 2021

Equestrian works by the British artist shine as ‘English country house meets Californian chic’

A c.1600-1610 elephant automaton clock

Elephant in the room: an exceptional clock

18 October 2021

A rare 17th century elephant automaton clock was the star of the Christie’s New York Exceptional sale when it sold at $2.15m (£1.58m) to a private buyer.

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Classic country house offering brings spectacular selection of lots

04 October 2021

Irish castle home of earls about to be turned into hotel and spa furnishes a remarkable sale

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Pick of the week: Silver vesta case strikes a blow for the motor car

20 September 2021

This rare Victorian silver vesta case with an enamelled scene of an early tiller-driven automobile is hallmarked for Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1896.

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Irish provincial silver amassed by German collector

13 September 2021

Bonhams’ (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) sale of Silver & Vertu included a number of Irish provincial pieces from the collection of Peter Ticher.

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Silver salts count as York rarities

06 September 2021

Following an upturn in the fortunes of the silver trade in York, an assay office reopened there in 1776 and remained active until final closure in 1858.

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Relics from rare Keith silver to symbols of Jacobite rebellion feature at Edinburgh auction

06 September 2021

The rarest Scottish provincial town marks, known only from spoons and ladles, are those of Stonehaven, Ellon and Keith.

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Monart glass makes a mark on home turf

30 August 2021

Collection of distinctive pre-war glass produced in Perth impresses at local saleroom

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