Warners Antique Silver News
Collecting unusual silver spoons is entertaining and exciting. There are collector clubs all over the world for "spooners" who love to collect antique silver spoons. People such as this meet with other collectors to trade or sell as well as to share their information.
For some of us, it is impossible not to get overly excited about our antique silver. It is such an interesting field to be involved with. When deciding on a new purchase that you are enthusiastic about, it is best that your antique silver dealer is just as thrilled about it as you are. So, you’ve found the right dealer, but how do you know if this is genuine hallmarked silver?
Imagine the setting – you've got the family coming over for a big get together – might be Christmas, a birthday, anniversary, christening, anything you like – and you've prepared the most beautiful dinner. You've laid the table – napkins, cutlery, little vases of flowers – but what's missing?
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.
In a recent sale held by Lawrences Auctioneers at Crewkerne, Somerset there were 828 lots of silver of which 75 per cent were sold totalling £202,000.
Among the antique silver items there was a Thomas Johnson vinaigrette made by the silversmith in London in 1884 shaped in the form of a snail, so quite a novelty when you consider that it might be the last thing you would expect to place near a bowl of salad!