Silver & Silver-plated items
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 hallmarking 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.
Vesta match cases fire up auction interest at Lawrences in Somerset14 December 2016
Most collectors have a burning passion. For John and Patricia McKenzie, the items that fired their interest were vesta cases, the small portable boxes made to contain matches and keep them dry.
Rare Irish silver porringer sold for five times estimate at Sworders’ auction30 November 2016
A rare and recently rediscovered Irish Commonwealth/Charles II silver porringer sold today for £25,000 – five times its estimate – at Sworders’ auction in Essex.
The Victoria & Albert Museum unveils 500 objects from its Gilbert Collection22 November 2016
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries in the Victoria & Albert Museum has re-opened with more than 500 objects on display, free to the public.
Vendor’s waste paper basket proves to be rare Burmese silver bowl11 November 2016
A rare late 19th century Burmese silver bowl has come to auction having previously been used by the vendor’s mother as a waste paper basket.
Sworders to offer rediscovered silver rarity10 November 2016
Only a handful of pieces of Irish secular silver are known to survive from before the Restoration.
New auction highs for ‘castle-top’ card cases at Salisbury saleroom03 November 2016
Smashing an auction record is one thing – doing it several times in the same sale is another.
‘Outsourcing’ of hallmarks: the trade view02 September 2016
Opposition to the ‘outsourcing’ of UK hallmarks overseas is gathering momentum in the trade. Campaigners say the use of British hallmarks in India threatens a 700-year-old system for stamping precious metals.
Carved in Russia and mounted in Scotland – coconut cup takes £8000 bid26 August 2016
This George III coconut cup with silver strapwork mounts sold by Lyon & Turnbull of Edinburgh provides a glimpse of the close relationship that existed between Scotland and Russia in the late 18th century.
Backlash from silver and jewellery trade over ‘offshore’ hallmarking24 August 2016
A group of British silversmiths, jewellery retailers and manufacturers has launched a campaign against the ‘outsourcing’ of UK hallmarks overseas.
Police appeal for information following silver theft from Gloucestershire church19 August 2016
Police are appealing for help following the theft of £10,000 worth of silver from a church in Blockley, near Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire.
Echoes of William Beckford as silver-gilt teaset triples estimate at Stansted sale05 July 2016
Among the works sold over estimate at today’s silver and jewellery auction at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet was a rare silver-gilt three-piece teaset that tripled expectations when it was knocked down at £4100.
Mark of great Huguenot maker lifts silver snuff box in Cheshire23 March 2016
Catalogued as white metal, with no hallmarks, a snuff box included in the silver section at Adam Partridge’s recent sale at Macclesfield caused a stir. The mark it did have was that of the great Huguenot maker, David Willaume.
Silver Spoons of Britain book published after 10 years of research24 February 2016
Silver collector, expert and author David Constable has had a love affair with spoons since he began collecting in earnest in 1997.
De Lamerie tureen takes $90,00012 February 2016
This 18½in (47cm) George II silver soup tureen by the goldsmith Paul de Lamerie featured in Doyle’s latest sale of furniture, works of art and Old Master paintings in New York.
An £800,000 toast for Gujarati tray16 October 2015
The highlight of Bonhams’ latest sale of Islamic and Indian art in London was this rare Gujarati mother-of-pearl artwork of early date and exceptional size.
Shackleton medals draw bidders at Christie’s auction12 October 2015
The collection of medals awarded to Ernest Shackleton, the most decorated of the Polar explorers, excelled at a recent Christie’s South Kensington sale.
Six-year sentence for Honiton robbery28 September 2015
The perpetrator of a chilling raid on an antiques shop in Honiton more than a year ago has been jailed.
Medal recalls bravery of Kent lifeboatman01 August 2015
A silver medal awarded to a lifeboatman who rescued sailors from a sinking ship in hurricane-force winds off the Kent coast in 1891 is to be sold at Canterbury Auction Galleries.
Provincial silver packs a £17,000 punch22 July 2015
This rare Irish provincial silver punch strainer took £14,000 at Lawrences’ latest sale in Crewkerne. Dated to c.1740-60, it is struck twice for Joseph Johns, one of only a handful of silversmiths working in Limerick in the middle of the 18th century.
Victorian novelty silver salts hop to £18,00010 April 2015
This 5in (12cm) high pair of Victorian salts in the form of kangaroos made by Bond Street silversmiths Hunt & Roskell sold for £18,000 at Catherine Southon’s latest sale at Farleigh Court Golf Club near East Croydon.
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