Hallmarking has been a legal requirement in Britain for over 700 years. Silver has always been a popular choice of material for producing decorative objects and the marks help identify the type and proportion of precious metal used in manufactured items, including jewellery, antique silver and objects, bringing with them a reassurance to the buyer that their purchase is of the highest “standard” and quality.
Silver hallmarks also reveal the maker of an object and the date it was made, as well as the Assay Office where it was classified. As with any collection area, certain makers are highly desirable and command huge sums at auction.
Silver plating was introduced in the 18th and 19th centuries, aided by advances in technology, and as such items of silver plate are considered more affordable, but still, with the right maker's mark, can command huge sums.
Sworders consigns and sells silver from all periods in specialist sales throughout the year. Antique silver is typically consigned to quarterly Fine Interiors auctions, with modern and contemporary pieces entered for sale in Design auctions, held three times a year. The more modestly priced items will feature in fortnightly Homes and Interiors sales.
To find out more about our forthcoming sales, or to talk further about potential consignments, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our specialist team.
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Delve into the captivating life of Warner Dailey, an Anglo-American art and antiques dealer, whose collecting journey commenced in his New Jersey childhood. This sets the stage for a remarkable auction featuring over 300 lots from Dailey's eclectic personal collection, a testament to a lifetime dedicated to the art of collecting.
We are thrilled to share the exciting news that Alex Froggatt has been appointed as Glass & Decorative Arts Senior Specialist within our esteemed Design team. With an impressive background in the field, Alex brings a wealth of expertise and an undeniable passion for the world of glass art.
15 January 2024
Our January sale features an incredible selection of modern and contemporary Design from the collection of Rabih Hage. Throughout his career he has worked with, and collected some of the leading names who this era of Design history is sure to be remembered for.
5 January 2024