Silver & Silver-plated items
While grand and elaborate pieces of silver became an essential part of 18th and 19th century dining culture, at the same time, smaller silver novelty items began to emerge as the Victorians acquired a taste for humorous or whimsical pieces.
Five vesta cases on thesaleroom.com including a Liberty silver match safe designed by Archibald Knox
Vesta cases date back to the early 19th century when people started keeping matches in small portable boxes.
When buying silver at auction it’s important to look for an item’s hallmarks. These silver hallmarks indicate the purity of the precious metal and often identify the date and location where the item was originally stamped or 'assayed'.
Furniture and silver in the Arts and Crafts style remains a popular choice for buyers at auction. Here are five upcoming pieces available at auctions on thesaleroom.com.