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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Scott says sorry to fellow explorer with a cigarette box

22 February 2021

A cigarette box engraved with the facsimile signature Captain Falcon Scott may have been a piece the Antarctic hero gave to a fellow explorer he offended.

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Silver teapot with provenance to the Wedgwoods and Darwins sold at Cumbria auction

22 February 2021

This silver teapot has London hallmarks for 1792 and a maker’s mark for silversmith Michael Plummer who worked out of Gutter Lane, London, from 1791-95.

Exeter silver rowing trophy

Victorian silver goblet stars in our latest pick of five auction highlights

19 February 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Victorian chased silver goblet with ‘beautiful workmanship’ showing the first Bath Regatta.

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Coins & medals: Virtual trade leads to 'renaissance' in lockdown

15 February 2021

In the absence of face-to-face contact, 2020 was a difficult year for the numismatics market as a whole... but the auction business found a way to thrive.

Georgian silver teapot

Georgian silver teapot with Wedgwood connection stars in our weekly pick of five auction highlights

12 February 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Georgian silver teapot with connections to the Wedgwood and Darwin families that sold four-times over estimate in Cumbria.

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Group of Wiener Werkstätte silverware shines alongside Knox and luxury liner relic

08 February 2021

American pieces understandably dominated the Rago (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) early 20th century Design sale in Lambertville, New Jersey, on January 21.

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Art Deco biscuit barrel emerges in Maine

08 February 2021

The February 26-28 sale at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries offers a wide selection of fine art and antiques of American and international interest.

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Caddies, cups and much more among exceptional silver at Mallams

01 February 2021

The Mallams (20% buyer’s premium) two-day Jewellery, Watches and Silver sale in Oxford included some exceptional silver lots.

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Candelabra with Matthew Boulton sunburst mark comes to light in New Orleans

01 February 2021

A Winter Estates Sale at Neal in New Orleans from February 5-7 opens with just under 200 lots from the estate of journalist, author and hostess Julia Reed.

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Nathaniel Mills card case among single-owner collection at Doyle

01 February 2021

On February 25 Doyle in New York will be selling the single-owner Joseph and Miriam Poser Collection of English and American silver card and vesta cases.

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Gutfreund collection comes to Christie's with European focus

18 January 2021

Christie’s is selling the collection of Mr and Mrs John Gutfreund from their 5th Avenue New York apartment in a two-day live auction on January 26-27 and a series of online sales.

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Silver selection: Magna Carta sculptural group shines at Hansons

18 January 2021

‘Exceptional’ Victorian piece that made £56,000 leads a look at recent notable sale results.

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Victorian silver salts on offer in Florida

18 January 2021

The Palm Beach Collections sale at Hindman in Florida on January 25 includes this set of four Victorian silver figural salts by E&J Barnard (London 1866).

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Viennese style silver vases by Hoffmann appear in New Jersey sale

18 January 2021

This pair of Wiener Werkstӓtte hand-hammered silver vases from c.1918, designed by Josef Hoffmann, will feature in the early 20th century Design sale held by Rago of Lambertville, New Jersey on January 21.

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Picasso and Hugo partnership platters appear in first UK show

11 January 2021

Though prolific in many mediums, Pablo Picasso created silver platters in only 24 designs throughout his entire career, creating an even smaller number of pieces in gold.

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Glassmaker turns his hand to silver

04 January 2021

The name William Beilby (1740-1819) is typically associated with the best of English glass and particularly the enamelling workshop operated from Amen Corner in Newcastle in the 1760s-70s.

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The toon mark

07 December 2020

Four early pieces of Newcastle plate and a selection of other silver rarities sold at auction this autumn

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Owner history of recusant chalice

07 December 2020

With the defeat of Catholic attempts against the Protestant monarchy in the 17th and 18th centuries, penal laws were imposed in Ireland.

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Stitches in time for the Restoration

07 December 2020

A rare Charles II commemorative silver thimble sold for £980 at Bleasdales (20% buyer’s premium).

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Lloyd bowl and Beddall service

07 December 2020

Small Britannia standard silver bowls are the signature pieces the Scottish silversmith Michael Lloyd (c.1950).

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