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Antique Silver from LoveAntiques

Antique Silver

People have admired, used and worked Silver for over five thousand years. It has been incorporated into our currencies, luxury goods, medicine, electronics, photography, cleaning products and much more beside. In Folk Law Silver was given mythical properties of protection and strength as well as being a sign of abundance. For Millenia Silver was the material of choice for the powerful and wealthy with some of the finest craftsmen using it.


For lovers of antiques, items made of Silver offer a fascinating and valuable collecting field. Not only are they worth the base value of the Silver used, but also the skill and creativity of the silversmiths who made them. The use of hallmarks usually makes it easier to know who created each piece and when. Few things are more timeless than a pair of beautiful Silver candlesticks or a simple elegant Silver box. Alongside these are more practical items such as Silver spoons and Silver cases that are still perfect for use. If you want something with the practicality and look without the price then Silver Plate has always been an excellent choice as well.


At LoveAntiques we offer one of the best selections of Antique and vintage Solid Silver and Silver Plate on the internet.

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Unusual Antique Silver Plated Spoon Warmer

£ 180

€209
$220
Unusual Antique Silver Plated Spoon Warmer

Unusual Antique Silver Plated Spoon Warmer

£ 180

€209
$220

The Silver Cabinet

Fabulous Pair of Secessionist Silver Vases

£ 280

€325
$342
Fabulous Pair of Secessionist Silver Vases

Fabulous Pair of Secessionist Silver Vases

£ 280

€325
$342

The Silver Cabinet

Silver Quaich - A E Jones - 1939

£ 180

€209
$220
Silver Quaich - A E Jones - 1939

Silver Quaich - A E Jones - 1939

£ 180

€209
$220

The Silver Cabinet

Antique Silver Visible Pocket Watch, 1918

The Vintage Wrist Watch Company

Antique Silver Visible Pocket Watch, 1918

£ 165

€191
$201
Antique Silver Visible Pocket Watch, 1918

Antique Silver Visible Pocket Watch, 1918

£ 165

€191
$201

The Vintage Wrist Watch Company

Elgin Silver Open Face Pocket Watch - USA 1920

£ 225

€261
$275
Elgin Silver Open Face Pocket Watch - USA 1920

Elgin Silver Open Face Pocket Watch - USA 1920

£ 225

€261
$275

Euro Antique Watches

Unusual Antique Watch Chain & Fob

The Vintage Wrist Watch Company

Unusual Antique Watch Chain & Fob

£ 135

€157
$165
Unusual Antique Watch Chain & Fob

Unusual Antique Watch Chain & Fob

£ 135

€157
$165

The Vintage Wrist Watch Company

Antique Silver Plated Folding Shell Biscuit Box

£ 545

€632
$665
Antique Silver Plated Folding Shell Biscuit Box

Antique Silver Plated Folding Shell Biscuit Box

£ 545

€632
$665

Rebecca Sarah Antiques

19th Century Silver Muff Chain Necklace

MBG Antiques and Jewellery

19th Century Silver Muff Chain Necklace

£ 525

€609
$641
19th Century Silver Muff Chain Necklace

19th Century Silver Muff Chain Necklace

£ 525

€609
$641

MBG Antiques and Jewellery

Antique Silver Stauffer Chronograph for Thomas Russell

£ 535

€621
$653
Antique Silver Stauffer Chronograph for Thomas Russell

Antique Silver Stauffer Chronograph for Thomas Russell

£ 535

€621
$653

The Vintage Wrist Watch Company

Pair of Vintage Sterling Silver Wine Coasters

£ 395

€458
$482
Pair of Vintage Sterling Silver Wine Coasters

Pair of Vintage Sterling Silver Wine Coasters

£ 395

€458
$482

Robert Bush Antiques

Antique Edwardian Sterling Silver Dressing Table Mirror 1905

£ 995

€1,155
$1,214
Antique Sterling Silver Boxes 1823

£ 4,950

€5,744
$6,041
Antique Sterling Silver Boxes 1823

Antique Sterling Silver Boxes 1823

£ 4,950

€5744
$6041

AC Silver

Silver Travelling Clock Hallmarked for Birmingham 1916

£ 450

€522
$549
Silver Travelling Clock Hallmarked for Birmingham 1916

Silver Travelling Clock Hallmarked for Birmingham 1916

£ 450

€522
$549

Euro Antique Watches

Antique Sterling Silver Funnel

£ 1,295

€1,503
$1,580
Antique Sterling Silver Funnel

Antique Sterling Silver Funnel

£ 1,295

€1503
$1580

AC Silver

Georg  Jenson Silver Pill Box

Allsorts Antiques and Collectibles

Georg Jenson Silver Pill Box

£ 365

€424
$445
Georg  Jenson Silver Pill Box

Georg Jenson Silver Pill Box

£ 365

€424
$445

Allsorts Antiques and Collectibles

Large Silver Continental Cross

£ 225

€261
$275
Large Silver Continental Cross

Large Silver Continental Cross

£ 225

€261
$275

Doubloon

George III Solid Silver Waiter Salver London 1761 Ebenezer Coker

£ 367

€426
$448
George III Solid Silver Waiter Salver London 1761 Ebenezer Coker

George III Solid Silver Waiter Salver London 1761 Ebenezer Coker

£ 367

€426
$448

Queens Antiques & Collectables

An Edwardian Silver Pin Tray

Hastings Antiques Warehouse

An Edwardian Silver Pin Tray

£ 48

€56
$59
An Edwardian Silver Pin Tray

An Edwardian Silver Pin Tray

£ 48

€56
$59

Hastings Antiques Warehouse

A Victorian Aesthetic Movement Silver Mustard Pot

£ 185

€215
$226
A Victorian Aesthetic Movement Silver Mustard Pot

A Victorian Aesthetic Movement Silver Mustard Pot

£ 185

€215
$226

Hastings Antiques Warehouse

A George V Silver Capstan Inkwell

Hastings Antiques Warehouse

A George V Silver Capstan Inkwell

£ 155

€180
$189
A George V Silver Capstan Inkwell

A George V Silver Capstan Inkwell

£ 155

€180
$189

Hastings Antiques Warehouse

A Fine Quality Victorian Silver Pedestal Wine Cooler

£ 2,495

€2,895
$3,045
A Fine Quality Victorian Silver Pedestal Wine Cooler

A Fine Quality Victorian Silver Pedestal Wine Cooler

£ 2,495

€2895
$3045

Hastings Antiques Warehouse

Art Deco 3 Piece Solid Silver Cruet Set with Liners Birmingham 1936

£ 130

€151
$159
Art Deco 3 Piece Solid Silver Cruet Set with Liners Birmingham 1936

Art Deco 3 Piece Solid Silver Cruet Set with Liners Birmingham 1936

£ 130

€151
$159

Queens Antiques & Collectables

Silver Rotary Wrist Watch 1928

The Vintage Wrist Watch Company

Silver Rotary Wrist Watch 1928

£ 125

€145
$153
Silver Rotary Wrist Watch 1928

Silver Rotary Wrist Watch 1928

£ 125

€145
$153

The Vintage Wrist Watch Company

Silver Clover Leaf Shaped Toast Rack

IM Chaney Antique Furniture

Silver Clover Leaf Shaped Toast Rack

£ 125

€145
$153
Silver Clover Leaf Shaped Toast Rack

Silver Clover Leaf Shaped Toast Rack

£ 125

€145
$153

IM Chaney Antique Furniture

ANTIQUE SILVER FAQs


How can you tell if Silver is Antique?

Generally, it is harder to date Silver based just on its style as some classic designs have remained unchanged for hundreds of years. The presence of hallmarks on solid silver however makes it easier to date than many other collectables. Every country has its own hallmark standards and have been using them for different lengths of time. Here is the UK ours has been going since the 13th Century and we began dating our silver in 1478. If hallmarks are present then in the UK the different picture code will tell the maker, date and where it was assayed. There are lots of websites available to help you read the hallmark. If the item is unmarked then the piece will need to be loosely dated based on its form, style, and any other elements used such as clasps or bone handles. 


Are Silver spoons worth anything?

People have been making cutlery (including spoons) out of Silver for many hundreds of years not just because of the status symbol of Silver, but because of the anti-bacterial properties of the metal too. If the spoon is made of Solid Silver then the value of the spoon will at minimum be the current scrap price of Silver. This rate changes each day and can be looked up easily. However, on top of the base value we also add value depending on the age, rarity of the design, maker, assay office and more. Therefore while most Silver spoons may only be worth a few tens of pounds, the best are very valuable . Two examples are a single rare Henry VIII Apostle spoon which made £22,000 at auction in 2022 or a Paul Revere silver spoon which made $26,000 in 2021.


How to value silver?

The value of a Silver object is determined by the current scrap price of the quantity of Silver used plus cultural rarity. As Silver objects are usually made of a combination of pure silver and other metals such as nickel, it is important to know the Silver purity of your item. Common grades are 99.99%, 925, 800, 750….and all the way down to very low-grade mixes. A lot of Silver is hallmarked helping you to look up the maker and date to research the piece but be aware not all silver is marked either because certain countries have not traditionally marked their silver, the amount of silver used is below the minimum amount that needs to be hallmarked (in the UK that is 7.78 grams), or its age means it was made before the marking regulations were tightened up. Silver plate is merely a thin layer of silver on top of a base metal and is usually worth much less than solid silver. These pieces are commonly marked EPNS sometimes to look like hallmarks.  


How to clean silver?

Silver is quite a soft metal which tarnishes (oxidises with exposure to the air) easily. Cleaning should be done regularly but gently as strong chemicals and abrasives will wear away the item which will detract from its appeal and value. Cleaning regularly with warm soapy water and a soft toothbrush to get into those tiny crevices is fine, and commercially available Silver Polishes together with a soft cloth remove the tarnish and bring the sparkle back. If the item has very detailed chasing or engraving and Hallmarks then it is best to clean these areas only gently as the details can be easily worn away.  


Is EPNS worth anything?

EPNS or Electroplated Nickel Silver emerged in the 1840s as a cheap alternative to solid Silver. Because it merely contains a thin coating of silver over the piece its value is based on the aesthetic and practical appeal of the object rather than the materials used in construction. It has also been produced in very large quantities so tends not to be rare. However, while silver plate is intrinsically cheaper than solid Silver, in decent condition it can still be worth sensible money to people who enjoy using these items on a daily basis. It is best to look online to get a sense of the current values for different items.