Buyers become silver surfers

UK dealers buying foreign silver, overseas bidders taking British work and generally solid interest for traditional pieces of mid-ranking silver brightened up the normally quieter late summer sales across the country.

Material from abroad formed a substantial part of the success at Mallams’ (20% buyer’s premium) specialist sale at Oxford on August 27 but it was a quintessentially English piece which led the day: a George I ale jug. Standing 8in (19.5cm) tall and weighing 28.5oz, the baluster-form vessel with scroll handle was marked for John Gorsuch, London 1726 and was engraved with a crest. It sold to a UK collector at £5400 against a £2000-3000 estimate. The Netherlands, Germany and China provided three ...