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.


Medal minted as US presidential thanks for lifesaving rescue off coast of Kent

19 July 2021

A recent sale at Bentley’s (19% buyer’s premium) in Cranbrook, Kent included a rare US Presidential lifesaving medallion.

Warning over Brexit effect on British hallmarking

12 July 2021

The British Hallmarking Council (BHC) is to raise concerns with the government about the impact of Brexit on antique gold and silver exports into the EU.

Irish silver gilt chalice pre-dates Reformation

12 July 2021

This 6½in (16cm) Irish silver gilt chalice dating from c.1480 is a rare survival from before the Reformation.

Rare silver inkstand makes its mark among latest London auctions

12 July 2021

The overall performance of the latest London sales of Old Master pictures and ‘important’ works of art was fairly mixed but the auction houses did at least welcome the return of some big-ticket items.

The web shop window: Stanley Matthews' silver tea service

12 July 2021

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

Best Iraqi niello silver soars in value

05 July 2021

As recently as a decade ago relatively little attention was paid to Iraqi niello silver.

Rare Commonwealth goblet makes 19-times estimate at Mallams

05 July 2021

Mallams’ (25% buyer’s premium) Jewellery, Watches and Silver sale included this Commonwealth silver wine goblet.

Exquisite silver from dealer’s collection offered at Lempertz auction

28 June 2021

Bernard De Leye has been trading in silverware since 1977 and has been a regular participant at major antiques fairs in Belgium and France for many decades.

Cutlers' Hall in Sheffield calls for help to recover stolen silver

24 June 2021

A group of silver and silver plate items have been stolen from the Cutlers' Hall in Sheffield and police are seeking information on the incident.

Elizabeth I steeple cup gallops into Somerset auction

21 June 2021

The Silver & Vertu sale at Lawrences in Crewkerne on July 20 includes this 17in (42cm) high Elizabeth I steeple cup and cover with the maker’s mark AB conjoined, London 1602.

Standing salt in the Dutch taste at Sotheby’s

21 June 2021

Sotheby’s Treasures sale on July 6 includes this Dutch silver standing salt by Adam van Vianen (Utrecht, 1621) estimated at £600,000-800,000.

‘Seven liberal Arts’ inkstand given £1m-1.5m estimate at Christie’s

21 June 2021

The Exceptional sale at Christie’s on July 6 includes this outstanding example of Charles I silver: the so-called Seven Liberal Arts inkstand. The estimate is £1m-1.5m.

Medal reflects a royal heartfelt emotion

21 June 2021

The 1702 Accession of Queen Anne medal is not uncommon in copper and silver but very rare in gold.

Victorian silver tray at Brunk

21 June 2021

The Premier & Emporium Auctions at Brunk on July 9-10 include this large late Victorian silver tray with a shell and scroll border.

Elkington flagon emerges at Roseberys

21 June 2021

Roseberys’ Fine & Decorative auction in south London on July 21 includes, estimated at £500-1000, this large mid 19th century electroplated flagon by Elkington & Co.

Sheffield tragedy remembered via medal at auction

21 June 2021

A large collection of tokens and badges relating to Sheffield comes to market at the Coins, Tokens and Historical Medals auction on July 6-7 at London saleroom Dix Noonan Webb.

Henry VIII gold medal takes six-figure sum in Swiss auction

15 June 2021

A gold medal proclaiming Henry VIII as the Supreme Head of the Church of England – the only known example in private hands – has sold in Switzerland.

Silver buyers release pent-up demand

14 June 2021

Silver specialist says collectors were raring to go at a Salisbury auction after months of staring at an online catalogue

Caddy spoons array ‘probably best on market since Norie’

14 June 2021

The principal private collection of silver sold at Woolley & Wallis's latest specialist auction included a fine array of caddy spoons.

Georgian silver jug quadruples estimate in North Yorkshire auction

14 June 2021

Beer jug or wine jug? The expect purpose of Georgian silver pear-shaped jugs is sometimes unclear.

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