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Antique Silver

Quite often, we are asked the question ‘What is Antique Silver?’  The definition of antique silver is any item that is at least one hundred years old.

Antique Silver is special for many reasons. First and foremost, one should love the piece. Whether an aesthetic look, exceptional workmanship, or even a particular maker, period or company all contribute to the reasons why the piece appeals to you. A very good investment contributes to another reason. Whether you have one piece or many, taking care and maintaining them ensures they will remain in good condition.  This helps the piece retain its value or even appreciate.  One should also be as informed as possible regarding any piece of antique silver.  This includes knowing hallmarks and learning what they can tell you about the piece. You should have confidence as well as trust with the person and/or company you are working with. As our family has been in business for over 130 years, we always have stood behind our merchandise.  We have the knowledge and expertise in dealing with antiques and would love to pass this along to our new and old customers. (See the About Us section which will describe Hallmarks, some of the well known Makers and Timeline).

Antique George IV English Silver Sugar Tongs

$200.00

Sterling silver sugar tongs have been used for hundreds of years as they are a sign of the prosperous and well-to-do in English, Scottish, and Irish cultures. They emerged on the scene in England in the 18th century and quickly were adapted by other countries. …

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Antique George III English Silver Sugar Tongs

$225.00

For as long as tea has existed in the Western world, it has been sweetened with sugar. Covered sugar bowls were often sold along with teapots and tea caddies during the early 1700s. The rules of etiquette dictated that sugar tongs were also required to …

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2 Antique George III English Silver Skewers/Letter Openers

$375.00 (top in photo) and $400.00 (bottom in photo)

The Georgian Silver Skewer was introduced during the mid 19th Century. Silver skewers were both decorative and functional. They were predominately used to serve meat and poultry in a nice elegant, refined way at the table. The skewers held the joints in place while the …

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Pair of Antique George III English Silver Decanter Labels

$475.00 for pair

Silver Decanter Labels (name tags) were created to declare the contents within decanters. The decanter label was also known as the “bottle ticket” during the 18th century. Colored Glass Decanters were predominately used at this time and it was difficult to determine what was inside …

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Antique American Tiffany and Company Silver Grape Scissors

$525.00

Grape Scissors/Grape Shears have been gracing the tables of elegant dinner parties and assisting in grape harvesting for centuries. They bring a touch of sophistication and practicality to any occasion. They were introduced in the late 18th century and have always taken a scissor-form. These …

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American Sterling Silver Crumber

$575.00

Originating in Europe for the royalty and the aristocracy, crumbers were used to clean the table during the meal. Crumbers did not become widely used in America until the 19th century when dining became quite formal. Americans also believed it was important to behave in …

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English Silver Fish Server

$575.00

A Fish Server was originally a serving implement, shaped basically like a trowel, and used for serving and dividing fish at a dinner table. The flat surface on a fish server suggests that it was intended for use with food such as meat, cake and …

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Antique American Silver Fish Server

$625.00

The Fish Server is a broad blade or trowel shaped article, most often used for dividing and serving fish at the table. The flat surface of the fish servers suggests that they can also be used with food such as cake and breads. The earliest …

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Antique Coin Silver Creamer and Sugar Bowl

$625.00

A charming Antique Coin Silver Creamer and Sugar Bowl which are in the Arts and Crafts style. Coin Silver is different from Sterling Silver which most people are familiar with. Coin Silver is a type of metal that makes up silver dollars and other pieces …

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Antique American Silver Fish Slice

$650.00

A fish slice is a wide flat blade used for lifting and turning food while cooking. It was originally a serving implement, shaped basically like a trowel, for use in serving and dividing fish at a dinner table. The earliest examples of fish slices were …

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Antique George III English Sterling Silver Soup Ladle

$675.00

The Fiddle pattern was the dominant flatware pattern in Great Britain in the 19th century. However, it came from a French pattern which had a thread edge design near the border. In Great Britain, this pattern became known as Fiddle & Thread and it quickly …

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Antique American Silver Mustard Pot With Spoon

$675.00

An elaborate Antique American Silver early 20th century Mustard Pot. It is embellished with exceptional Repousse workmanship of acanthus leaves and floral chasing. Also, it features reed borders to the base and handle. This embossed Antique American Silver Mustard Pot also is being sold with …

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Antique American Silver Bowl

$675.00

Decoration on silver bowls varies depending upon when the piece was made. Many bowls were decorated with hand-chasing or engraving to reflect what they were used for e.g. flowers, fruit. However, there are some common styles that have been quite popular throughout history. These include: …

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Antique American Silver Soup Ladle

$675.00

Antique Silver Soup Ladles were not in use until the mid-18th century. By this time, the Silver Soup Tureen had become quite popular and a companion was needed to be used with this article. A long silver serving utensil was needed which would have a …

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Antique George III English Silver Strainer Spoon

$675.00

This Antique George III English Silver Strainer Spoon is a must for any collector. Basting Spoons are identical in form without the strainer, and are relatively common. Strainer Spoons like this are quite rare. An elegant Antique George III English Silver Strainer Spoon in the …

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Antique American Silver Punch Ladle

$675.00

This very elegant 19th century American Silver Punch Ladle was made by the American silversmith Volney Boardman. Born in Franklin County, Ohio in 1810, he first learned the trade of watchmaking and jewelry in Ohio. He decided to relocate to Alabama in 1832 and settled …

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Antique American Tiffany and Company Silver Crumber

$675.00

An exquisite Antique American Tiffany and Company Silver Crumber in the ‘Saratoga’ pattern. There is a nice contrast on this piece as the handle has a lovely Aesthetic design and the blade is quite simple and elegant. Even though we are considering this piece to …

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Antique American Silver Soup Ladle

$695.00

A heavily elaborate Antique American Silver Soup Ladle in the Versailles pattern. This pattern was created in 1888 by Gorham’s chief designer, Antoine Heller. Gorham was so impressed with his work that they convinced him to leave Tiffany and Company and design for them instead. …

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Antique George III English Silver Waste Bowl

$750.00

A very attractive Antique George III, English Silver Waste Bowl. By the middle of the 18th Century, small circular or octagonal bowls were added to the serving of tea. Slop Bowls, as they were called, were used for pouring out the remaining tea which had …

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Antique American Silver Christening Mug

$750.00

A elegant Antique American Silver Christening Mug. Hand chased with an intricate design of detailed leaves and flowers that resonate throughout the piece, this is a wonderful example of that type of workmanship. It is decagon (10 sided) in shape which is rare to find …

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Pair of English Silver Trencher Salts

$750.00 for the pair

A lovely pair of 20th century square cut – cornered English Silver Trencher Salts that are replicas of a highly desirable early Georgian style, circa 1720. The salts have gilded interiors and are in very good condition. They do have clear hallmarks but please note …

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Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Tea Caddy

$875.00

When tea was first introduced to England in the 1700s, it was an expensive commodity. In order to keep the tea safe as well as fresh, people use to store it in a tea chest or tea box, which later became known as a tea …

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Antique American Silver Waiter

$975.00

An elegant Antique American Silver Waiter. It is of lovely quality with its shaped thread edge border. A fluted design also resonates throughout the piece. This fluted design is located right near the border. Although the surface on this piece is quite plain, there is …

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Antique George III English Silver Wine Coaster

$1,150.00

With the arrival of the elegant and sophisticated new style of dining in the 18th century, the demand for objects on the dining tables started to emerge. As a result of this, the silver wine coaster started to make its presence felt. The original purpose …

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Antique George III English Silver Sauce Boat

$1,250.00

A handsome Antique George III English Silver Sauce Boat with a plain body and a gadroon border. It has a wonderful acanthus detailed flying scroll C handle and is set on three shell feet. This Antique George III English Silver Sauce Boat is in pristine …

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Antique George III English Silver Goblet

$1,250.00

Even though people sometimes think that a silver chalice and a silver goblet are the same, they are not. There are several differences between the two pieces. The first difference is the religious aspect. A chalice is decorated in a manner which denotes its ties …

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Antique American Silver Waiter

$1.250.00

This is an elaborate late 19th century American Silver Waiter. The border features an ornate 1 inch chased leaf design. The surface of this waiter is decorated with an intricate diaper pattern and has an unmonogrammed cartouche at the center encircled by foliate detail. The …

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Antique George III English Silver Hinged Serving Slice

$1,250.00

A superb Antique George III English Silver Hinged Serving Slice in the ‘Hourglass’ pattern. This pattern was first produced around 1805 and was based on a French eighteenth-century design. It is a lovely combination of shells and scrolls, with an hourglass in the center. This …

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Antique George III Irish Silver Asparagus Tongs

$1,250.00

Asparagus Tongs are an interesting item as their popularity has never diminished. This is the 21st century and we are still using them as often as they were used in the 18th and 19th centuries. Asparagus was first cultivated and consumed by the Ancient Romans …

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Antique George III English Silver Small Waiter

$1,500.00

This handsome Antique George III English Silver Waiter has three ball and claw feet and a shaped gadroon border. It is in pristine condition and is a lovely example of a Georgian Silver Waiter with its design and workmanship. Due to its size, this Waiter …

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Antique American Silver Tankard

$2,250.00

A magnificent Antique American Silver Tankard that is quite stunning in design. It has a wonderful floral and grape decoration which is prevalent throughout the body. There is a cartouche in the middle of the piece and one can engrave their initials within it. There …

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Pair of Antique George III English Silver Strainer Spoons

$2,250.00 for pair

Our family has been in the Antique Business for over 130 years. During that time, we have seen many exciting and interesting articles. However, we have never purchased an exceptional and impressive pair of Antique George III English Silver Strainer Spoons. Perhaps my Grandfather had …

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Antique American Silver Bowl

$2,500.00

An exquisite Antique American Silver round shaped Bowl. The workmanship on this bowl consists of intricate repousse raised floral decoration. Also, exceptional scrollwork is placed near the top of the bowl as well as on the pedestal foot. This also helps show off its highly …

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Antique George I English Silver Salt Cellars

$2,500.00 for the pair

A stunning pair of Antique George I English Silver Salt Cellars that are quite elegant in design. These George I Salt Cellars are in a classic elongated octagonal trencher form and are of solid weight with stable incurved corners. They also have an oval sunken …

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Antique George III English Silver Teapot

$2,500.00

A very handsome Neoclassical style Antique George III English Silver Teapot. It has an oval straight-sided body with hand-engraved upper and lower bands of floral work. This detail work resonates throughout the body. There is a plain cartouche on one side and on the other …

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Antique George II English Silver Small Waiter

$2,850.00

We are often asked what is the difference between a salver and a waiter. The difference is size – we refer to waiters as anything smaller than 9 inches and salvers being larger than 9 inches. All waiters have borders and their designs have evolved …

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Antique American Silver Platter

$3,250.00

An exceptional antique 19th century oval American Silver Platter made by the company Kennard and Jenks. As the firm was only in operation for a few years, their pieces are quite rare and are always in great demand. Thus, we are thrilled to have recently …

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Antique George III English Sterling Silver Wine Ewer

$3,500.00

The Silver Wine Ewer was first introduced in the late 17th century. Originally, ewers were used for washing fingers. A waiter would hold a basin in front of each dinner guest to wash their hands with rose water. At that time, people were eating with …

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Antique George III English Silver Salver

$3,750.00

The vast majority of salvers in the 18th Century were made round but other shapes were also produced including oval, square, rectangular, and hexagonal. This stunning Antique George III  English Silver Salver, is oval in shape and has 4 reed and beaded detailed feet. It …

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Antique George III English Silver Teapot

$7,500.00

Hester Bateman (1709 – 1794) was the most famous 18th century English female silversmith.  Hester was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Nedem. She married in 1732 (at the Church of St. Botolph’s, Aldergate, in the city of London) the goldsmith John Bateman, whereby together …

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Antique Queen Anne English Silver Coffee Pot

$15,000.00

Early Coffee Pots made before 1730 were always plain without any chasing, and were often straight – sided or octagonal in shape. This stunning Antique Queen Anne English Silver Coffee Pot, follows the prevailing fashion of the period, as it is quite simple and elegant …

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Antique George II English Silver Beer/Water Jug

$21,500.00

The derivation of the word ‘jug’ is from the Middle English word ‘jugge’ used to describe a large rounded vessel. Jugs are generally used to hold and serve liquid and usually have a handle and narrow neck. Wealthy Ancient Greeks and Romans stored their wine …

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Antique George I Britannia Standard Silver Cup and Cover

$22,500.00

Britannia standard silver was introduced as part of the great recoinage scheme of William III in 1697 and it lasted until 1720. This was done to prevent British sterling coins from being melted. Unlike sterling silver which is made of 92.5% silver, Britannia silver is …

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Set of 4 Antique George III English Silver Entree Dishes

$25,000.00 set of 4 or $12,500.00 for pair

A magnificent set of four Antique George III English Silver Entree Dishes. In general, entree dishes tend to be either oval or rectangular in shape. Thus, these being octagonal, tend to make them more unique and very special. Each one features shaped gadroon borders and …

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Antique George II English Silver Oblong Salver

$60,000.00

A spectacular Antique George II English Silver Oblong Salver. This piece is quite wonderful as the shape is quite rare, and the workmanship and the design are exceptional. In general, most salvers are round-shaped and as this piece is oblong, it becomes very sought after. …

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Antique English Silver Small Bowl

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A very attractive Antique English Silver Small Bowl. Residing on a round pedestal base, this English silver bowl has two floral round cartouches. As both cartouches are plain, one can engrave either initials, a monogram or anything else which would personalize the bowl. Above each …

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Antique English Silver Mustard Pot With Spoon

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The mustard pot form has adapted to the current trends and fashions and therefore have become highly collectible and sought after. A very attractive early Antique 20th century English Silver Mustard Pot. It is oval in form and has a wonderful pierced design which resonates …

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Antique American Silver Fish Slice

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The Fish Slice is a broad blade or trowel shaped server, most often used for dividing and serving fish at the table. The earliest examples of fish slices were made about 1735. We are thrilled to have recently acquired this elegant Antique American Tiffany and …

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Antique American Silver Sugar Basket

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Perfect for tea time, an Antique Silver Sugar Basket is an elegant way to serve your sugar. During the 18th and 19th centuries, sugar baskets were used for the purpose of holding sugar for tea and coffee as well as sweetening foods. In today’s society, …

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Antique American Silver Christening Mug

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This handsome American Silver Christening Mug, made by Tiffany and Company, is straight sided and has a side loop handle. It is quite elegant in design with its 3 reeded bands which resonate throughout the body. These three reeded bands have monograms inscribed on them …

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Antique American Sterling Silver Bowl

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A Bowl is a container that has been utilized throughout history for the preparation and serving of various foods and drinks. The form of a bowl makes it ideal for holding liquids and loose food. The shape of a bowl is most often round but …

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Antique George III English Silver Caudle Cup

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A 2 handled Antique George III English Silver Caudle Cup, having a bulbous body. This cup was made for caudle, a drink of warm ale or wine mixed with bread, eggs, and sweetened with sugar, and flavored with spices. Caudle often was prepared for the …

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Antique American Silver Mug

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An exquisite Antique Early American Silver 19th century Mug. The mug is baluster shaped and quite elegant in style. Although it is very plain in design, there is an acanthus detailed scroll handle which greatly enhances the piece. The mug resides on a pedestal foot. …

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Antique George III English Silver Sugar Basket

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The Neoclassical style of silver originated in 1760 and continued until the Regency period (circa 1830) and used many classical motifs. Some of the designs that were quite popular at that time were palm leaves, garlands, and swags. This style of silver is synonymous with …

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Antique English Silver Bowl on Stand

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Sterling silver dinner ware has a prestigious history. Silver bowls are one of the more frequently used as well as favorite items within a set. While bowls have been produced for thousands of years, it is rare to find sterling silver examples prior to the …

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Antique George III English Silver Bowl

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A very attractive Antique George III English Silver Bowl. It is quite elaborate in design with floral and scroll decoration which resonates throughout the exterior of the piece. The bowl has exceptional workmanship exemplified with the figural handles which are quite appealing. Residing on a …

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Pair of Antique American Silver Entree Dishes

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An impressive pair of Antique American Silver plain Entree Dishes that are oval in shape. The surface of the dishes are embellished with an applied band of scroll and other ornamentation to the rim. The scroll design is also retained on the original handle which …

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Antique George III English Silver Coffee Pot

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A very handsome Antique George III English Silver Coffee Pot, in pristine condition, having a plain round baluster body with applied gadroon borders. It features a wooden scroll handle and acanthus detailing to the spout. The hallmarks are quite clear on this lovely Antique English …

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Set of 4 Antique George III English Silver Candlesticks

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This striking set of four Antique George III English Silver Candlesticks, are set on square bases and are chased with guilloche and beaded lobes. Rising from these bases, are the corinthian columns which extend until the sconces and detachable nozzles. These lovely candlesticks have been …

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