The fascination for me about collecting antique silver is all about being able to trace when and who by the piece was made. It is therefore gratifying if the hallmarks are in good condition and have not been rubbed, sometimes in their entirety, by an over enthusiastic housekeeper!
Some antique silver collectors will specialise in just a particular maker's name, some of which are much more collectable than others. However, the mark struck on a piece of antique silver might not necessarily be the mark of the silversmith who actually made the piece.
Most products have been produced through a workshop employing several different craftsmen. They would have specialised skills in hand raising, casting, assembly and polishing. The master who runs and owns the silversmith workshop will put his mark on that piece of antique silver.
Two of the silversmiths revered most are Paul de Lamerie and Paul Storr. Click here to see Paul Storr's mark on a classic William 1V antique silver teapot available through Warners Antique Silver. It is thought that the majority of Storr and Lamerie's work is produced by the workshop rather than the silversmith himself.
On occasion one silversmith would pass a piece of antique silver through the assay office for another who might have not had a registered mark. Paul de Lamerie was on occasion rebuked by the Goldsmith's Company for involvement in this practice.
Similarly, a retailer would sometimes overstrike the mark of a specialist silversmith. The Batemans are a famous family of silversmiths whose work is very collectable especially if by Hester or William. Some of their pieces have been overstruck by the retailer George Grey.
Click here for details of this gorgeous antique silver teapot by one of the greatest silversmiths of the nineteenth century. His pieces can be found in the finest palaces and stately homes in Europe and throughout the world!
Paul Storr was the favourite silversmith of both George 111 and George 1V.
It was Storr's association with Philip Rundell of the outstanding silver firm of Rundell, Bridge and Rundell that bought his talents to prominence. Storr was the most brilliant silversmith of his time, and it was that supreme competence which attracted Rundell's firm. He worked for the firm from 1807 to 1819, but eventually set up on his own as he felt that his flair was not being expressed in the way he wished.
After working alone for a short period, Paul Storr realised that he needed a retail outlet and in 1822 teamed up with John Mortimer at an establishment in New Bond Street.
You can see many more examples of Georgian antique silver on this website. As antique silver dealers we keep Edwardian silver, Victorian antique silver as well as William 1V silver. You can buy silver online with Warners Antique Silver Dealers by following the simple purchasing procedure.
If there is any doubt, then give me a call on 07979761819.
Investors commonly look for alternatives in times of recession, especially when stock markets are erratic or not performing as well as they might. This may well be the reason why there has been increased interest in antique silver recently, as investors search for desirable, enduring items with exquisite designs, excellent craftsmanship and a higher intrinsic value. Everything from silver tankards, snuff boxes and candlesticks, to ornate antique silver goblets, teapots and baskets are reaching record sales. You will very likely pay around £95 to £150 for a Victorian silver cream jug but expect to pay almost £4,000 for a Paul Storr antique silver teapot dating back to the early 1800s.