Every conceivable kind of silver cup has been used for drinking many different kinds of liquids, including alcohol, down the centuries. The Scandinavians manufactured silver tankards, silver cups, silver mugs as well as silver goblets as long ago as the 15th century. The English and Germans quickly followed suit, and the Americans were producing silver cups, mugs and goblets by the mid 17th century. Click here to see the antique sterling silver goblets displayed at Warners Antique Silver Dealers.
Early antique silver tankards and mugs were substantial pieces of silver, being wide and tapering outward at the top, and having a skirted base. 16thC examples were often decorated with scenes from nature such as flowers or animals. The handles were sometimes very elaborate, often being serpents or twisted vines. The thumb piece for tankards (a mug with a lid) often had cherub faces or lions heads in their design.
Long before tableware was common place, silver mugs and cups were often given as gifts, and the smallest ones for babies as christening gifts. An array of sterling silver christening mugs on our website can be seen by clicking here. In those days, as today, sterling silver was seen as a sign of wealth and good fortune.
More details about the magnificent antique silver Georgian tankard displayed above can be found by clicking here.
We stock sterling silver for every special occasion, including Christenings, 21st birthdays and weddings.
Click here to view this stunning pair of antique silver salvers. Many more are displayed on the Warners Antique Silver Dealers website.
The word salver is derived from the Spanish salva (testing food or drink for the presence of poison), the French salve ( meaning a tray used fror presenting articles to Royalty) and from Latin salvare meaning to save or preserve. When you put all that together, a salver is a beautiful silver tray without handles!
When thinking of buying a salver, a collector might find some difficulty in distinguishing between a salver and a waiter and the following might be of interest:
In general terms, a salver is a tray without handles,and if the diameter of the piece is under 7 inches (18 cm), it might alternatively be described as a waiter;
In the realms of antique silver, "salver" is the correct terminology whether referring to waiter or salver.
A silver salver had many different uses in Edwardian, Victorian or Georgian times. The butler might present the morning's letters or a visiting card on an antique silver salver . In the latter case the salver is more likely to have been a silver waiter . A larger silver salver would have been used for serving food or drink.
Silver salvers look magnificent on any sideboard in the dining room or as an antique silver ornament on any table in the house
We are online silver dealers and you can purchase any piece either directly off the website or by giving me a call on 07979761819. Don't forget that those beautiful silver birthday presents or silver Christening gifts can all be purchased here
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.
Here is the perfect family gift which would enhance any Christmas dining table - and Warners Antique Silver are offering a special discount of 20% on this beautiful antique Edwardian silver bowl. Click here for details.
This is a heavy and substantial piece of silver in excellent condition and it is perhaps unusual to find such a fine examle with no engravings or crests, no repairs and no defects.
This lovely silver basket looks glorious laden with fruit and is indeed an eye-catching centre piece for any Christmas table. Take a look at our antique silver candlesticks as well - they would create a stunning display!
If you are interested in purchasing this antique silver bowl/basket please give me a call on 07979 761819 and the price on the website will be adjusted down by 20%. This offer can only last until Christmas Day.
Until the New Year all other pieces of antique sterling silver on the Warners Antique Silver website are being offered with a 10% discount. Please call the above number.
10% off is only available until the New Year. So if you are looking for that perfect gift which also provides a solid investment look no further than Warners Antique Silver Dealers.
Buy now for those special silver christening presents or unique silver birthday presents while this offer lasts!
As antique silver dealers we occasionally come across pieces of silver, such as tankards, cups, silver tea caddies among many other items that are engraved with coats of arms or crests. Identification of these engravings can be time consuming but we thought our readers might be interested in the significance of heraldry.
It’s always pleasing to know that antique silver is still highly regarded and valued in the UK, thus it is with immense pleasure that we note the acquisition by the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford of around 500 objects that belonged to eminent collector Michael Wellby.
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.
The disposal of antique silver today, may be seen as a sign of the times when people trade in their silver at scrap value to raise cash in what is the longest recession any of us have ever known.However, the British Monarchy has done its fair share of trading antique silver to fund all manner of things as can be seen in the following:
Well, well with all the talk of investment, potential banking crashes and second class currencies it might be worth turning our attention back to silver as a safe place to lodge money.
During the 18th and 19th centuries gold and silver snuff boxes were the most popular gifts to be purchased for men in Europe. It wasn’t uncommon for the European male to carry two or three of these highly personal and often custom made receptacles that represented an enduring reflection of personal taste and definition of status.