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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Exceptional examples of Victorian metalwork come to the fore at David Lay

17 January 2022

Christopher Dresser created a number of daring geometric designs for silver and silver-plated toast racks in the late 1870s and early 1880s, both for Hukin & Heath and for James Dixon & Son.

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Finding the right combination in Dorset

10 January 2022

Brass and steel ‘combination’ or ‘puzzle’ boxes enjoyed a vogue in the late 18th and 19th centuries.

Trefid spoon

A rare silver souvenir of the 1684 frost fair

10 January 2022

Eight frost fairs were held on the Thames between 1607-1814, taking advantage of the firm ice that formed on the river as it flowed slowly in the shallows near the old London Bridge.

Goldsmiths’ Company library

Twin research resources launch online from The Goldsmiths' Company and Cotton regional furniture archive

10 January 2022

New online databases for extensive archive material of two core disciplines in the antiques trade have been launched.

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London candlesticks on offer in Pennsylvania

10 January 2022

Pook & Pook will hold a wide-ranging Americana and International auction on January 13-14 in Downington, Pennsylvania.

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Castle keeps auctions interest going

10 January 2022

Further lots from ancient country seat star alongside a stellar specialist collection.

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Museum given rare Scottish silver trio

03 January 2022

National Museums Scotland has acquired a trio of exceptionally rare Scottish silver objects created in the 1600s from the collection of Edinburgh jeweller Ron (1946-2012) and Rosemary Haggarty.

Lion pin cushion

Novelty pin cushion in our pick of five auction highlights

24 December 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a lion pin cushion that made over 13-times estimate in Scotland.

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Jersey silver comes at a premium

13 December 2021

This late 18th century Channel Islands silver coffee pot has marks for the Jersey silversmith Jacques Quesnel I.

Suffragette hunger strike medal for Frances Outerbridge

Hunger strike medal reveals story of Suffragette with a pseudonym

29 November 2021

A suffragette’s true identity may have been uncovered by an auction house.

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The web shop window: Victorian silver wager cup

29 November 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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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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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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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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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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Coconut cup brings out the exotic side of Hull

22 November 2021

This Charles II silver mounted coconut cup is particularly rare on account of its marks for the Hull silversmith Edward Mangie (1634-85).

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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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'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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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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