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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Pick of the week: Dürer medal to honour emperor

14 October 2019

Albrecht Dürer’s medal dedicated to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, is among the most important medals of the Northern Renaissance. As only four are known to commerce, the appearance of one for sale is significant.

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Strong private buying helps to fuel high hammer total and selling rate in Nottingham

14 October 2019

Nottingham auction house Mellors & Kirk (20% buyer’s premium) added to the cautiously feel-good mood created by some highly successful autumn sales in the provinces when strong private buying brought impressive results across the board.

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On the scent of silver at Marlborough College Fair

14 October 2019

A hardstone inlaid scent bottle, c.1905, by Joseph Cook & Son of Birmingham, is among the wide selection of silver available at the next Marlborough College Antiques & Fine Art Fair.

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Marks makes vendor happy on a modest estimate

07 October 2019

The catalogue description correctly read ‘Art Nouveau silver powder bowl by Gilbert Marks, hallmark London 1900, weight approx 8.79oz, 273.4gms, decorated with stylised thistles repousse’.

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Buyers vote for political mementos

30 September 2019

Turbulent as politics are today, they have yet to reach the rumbustious heights of a notorious 1826 by-election in Northumberland, memories of which were revisited at Newcastle auction house Anderson & Garland (20% buyer’s premium).

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New guidance for jewellery dealers after hallmark launched for jewellery stamped outside UK by Birmingham Assay Office

26 September 2019

The British Hallmarking Council has issued new guidance for jewellery dealers on articles hallmarked outside the UK by the Birmingham Assay Office.

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Artisan stories: Four cases of contemporary art and craft supported by the antiques trade

24 September 2019

Auction houses Bonhams and Sworders, dealer association BADA, and the Goldsmith Company have all supported craftspeople and artists in new initiatives this autumn.

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The Bauhaus influence on show at Heidelberg sale

23 September 2019

Even though the Bauhaus design school was forcibly closed in 1933, its influence continues to this day.

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Top Marks for the start of LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair with early sales

16 September 2019

A set of 12 silver plates by Gilbert Marks, offered by The Peartree Collection, were among the stand-out sales from the opening hours of the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair.

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Galloway features punch bowl at Duncombe Park Fair

09 September 2019

A large Georgian silver punch bowl made in 1824 (below) is available to buy from Highland Antiques of Aberdeen for £2450 at the next Galloway fair.

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International relationship as German dealer stages show in Paris

02 September 2019

Galerie Neuse, the German dealership based in Bremen, will be in Paris during the second half of September setting up at the Paris Galerie Aveline where it is presenting an exhibition titled 'L’Apothéose du Génie' from September 11-28.

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Frog salt cellars leap to great result Down Under

02 September 2019

Many of the high prices achieved at last week’s ‘celebrity’ sale titled Bob Hawke & Blanche d’Alpuget: Mementos, Curiosities, Art and Design reflected the impact of souvenir hunters, anxious to own a reminder of Australia’s former prime minister who died earlier this year. But not all of them.

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Power of Scotland – spotlight on British silver produced north of the border

26 August 2019

Of the 24 silversmiths known to have worked in the Aberdeenshire town of Banff from the 17th century until the trade died out in the mid-1800s, William Scott the Elder is the first whose name is recorded.

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How ‘duty dodgers’ can pay their way at auction today

26 August 2019

The term ‘duty dodgers’ is applied to pieces that were not sent for assay during the period 1720-58 when a steep tax was placed on silver. Silversmiths had a variety of methods of escaping this tax – including transposing marks from small articles to large or overstriking marks from older pieces.

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Silver hammer highlights: including a table snuff box with an Indian Mutiny connection

26 August 2019

A selection of stand-out auction results for silver in recent sales.

Silver auction previews: including a George V bowl modelled on the Winchester measure

26 August 2019

A selection of silver lots coming up in the salerooms.

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The brief history of Australian hallmarking

26 August 2019

It was decades after the First Fleet landed in Sydney cove in 1788 before anything like a recognisable silver trade developed in Australia, writes Jolyon Warwick James.

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Tennants appoints new silver specialist

26 August 2019

Jeffrey Lassaline has joined Tennants as silver and objects of vertu specialist.

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The web shop window: English silver-plated student lamps

19 August 2019

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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5 Questions: Michael Wilson of Highland Antiques

19 August 2019

Michael Wilson of Highland Antiques in Aberdeen specialises in rare and collectable antique silver.

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