Please enter your email address below, we will send you a notification email when the sale is available to view online.
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.
Sworder’s Design department is excited to announce a private consignment of Clarice Cliff Lotus and Isis jugs, to be offered for sale in the forthcoming auction in July, and we now actively seek further examples to embellish the category.
11 May 2022
An extraordinary Arts and Crafts silver christening bowl by Omar Ramsden and Alwyn C E Carr will be sold in Day One of our upcoming auction of Design on Tuesday 17 May.
3 May 2022
In our forthcoming auction of Design on Wednesday 18 May, we offer 24 striking post-war designs by textile artist Michael O'Connell (1898-1976).
28 April 2022