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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Danish silver collection recovered

04 February 2019

ATG has learned that the collection of rare Danish silver advertised on two pages of ATG No 2359 as stolen has been returned to its owner.

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Fish servers are a rare find

28 January 2019

A rare pair of 19th century silver fish servers are on offer from Schredds at next month’s Petersfield Antiques Fair.

Vogel sale

Six remarkable objects from the collection of Anne and Frederick Vogel III at auction this weekend

17 January 2019

The collection of Anne and Frederick Vogel III – for sale at Sotheby’s New York on Saturday – includes not just a stellar array of early American furniture but also a remarkable collection of early English delftware, metalwork, textiles and related vernacular works of art.

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Pick of the week: US celebration of English silver on New Year’s Day

07 January 2019

Auctions on New Year’s Day are a tradition in regional North America. The sale at Nadeau’s in Windsor, Connecticut, on the first day of 2019 included a collection of 17th and 18th century English silver that had been given to Yale University in 1896 in memory of a former alumnus, the Pennsylvania coal baron James Browne Neale.

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Dirk suits snappy Highlander

07 January 2019

A fine example of a dirk, without which no Highland formal dresswear is complete, was among the stand-out lots at Cuttlestones’ (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale at Penkridge on November 22.

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Obituary: Silver dealer Arnold Pash

07 January 2019

Arnold Pash (1928-2018), veteran silver dealer of A Pash & Son, passed away peacefully on December 6, 2018, at home surrounded by his family after battling cancer and ill health.

UK hallmark for 2019 released

01 January 2019

The UK’s hallmark for 2019 is a lowercase ‘u’.

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Jingle all the way: Five antique bells to find at UK auctions this week including a Paul Storr table bell

17 December 2018

Even without a ship to sail or servants to summon, bells can be beautiful decorative or collectors’ items.

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Stuart and early Georgian silver from early 20th century collector starts Kent sale with aplomb

17 December 2018

On the market for the first time in at least 60 years, and in some cases for more than a century, a small collection of 17th and 18th century silver accounted for a fraction of the lots but 20% of the total at the two-day winter sale at Canterbury Auction Galleries (24% buyer’s premium).

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Silver show is history lesson at Cotswolds fair

10 December 2018

Keith Richards Antiques brings a selection of early 20th century silver modelled on historic pieces to the first 2019 staging of The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Art Fair at Westonbirt School.

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Super silver-gilt Storr candelabra leads Bonhams’ Important Design auction

03 December 2018

A pair of William IV candelabra from the Pembroke service led Bonhams’ Important Design: 500 Years of Fine Decorative Arts sale on November 21, selling at £190,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium).

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ATG letter: Does anyone recognise this medal?

03 December 2018

MADAM – Here is a medal whose origin I can’t figure out (above). It was found in northern Norway.

Monkeys

Silver and glass menagerie – First bite of extensive collection of animal decanters sells at Essex auction house

26 November 2018

One half of an extensive single-owner collection of novelty Victorian and Edwardian silver and glass animal objects went under the hammer at Reeman Dansie’s two-day sale in Colchester last week.

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Forres silver reaches high point at Thomson Roddick sale

26 November 2018

Rare as Forres silver is, three pieces by the Highland town’s smiths John and Patrick Riach were on offer at Edinburgh auction house Thomson Roddick (17.5% buyer’s premium) on October 11 – the fiddle pattern dessert spoon, below, and two characteristic Scottish toddy labels.

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Life’s a picnic in Cambridge as Garrard & Co cases come to auction

26 November 2018

Catalogued as a ‘travelling ensemble’ these two oak fitted cases of silver tableware, below, conjure up images of lavish inter-war era picnics.

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Silver tea service was the height of fashion

26 November 2018

Following the wake of the influential 1862 International Exhibition in London (when Japanese art first reached a wide British audience), this tea service below would have been the height of fashion when it was made by Richard Martin and Ebenezer Hall in 1879.

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Commonwealth crackers pair up

26 November 2018

This pair of Commonwealth silver plates, London 1645, bear the contemporaneous arms of the Puritan Bulstrode Whitelocke (1605-75).

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Bullish result in Surrey

26 November 2018

This fine pair of Victorian silver six-branch candelabra sold to a United Arab Emirates bidder on thesaleroom.com for £13,000 at John Nicholson’s (24% buyer’s premium) in Haslemere, Surrey, on October 15.

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Guild edged Arts & Crafts at Stacey’s auction

26 November 2018

This classical Guild of Handicrafts bowl, below, underlined the popularity of Arts & Crafts silver when offered by Essex auction house Stacey’s (20% buyer’s premium).

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Silver sells as a Malteser pleaser

26 November 2018

Despite its size and various eras of occupation, Malta sustained a vibrant silver and gold-working tradition across several centuries.

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