Silver linings for Christmas 2020

Forget the high street or ‘not-on-the-high street’ – for those looking for an original gift a carefully-chosen antique will never disappoint.

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A Victorian novelty silver seal in the form of a dog’s head - £70-90 at Bishop & Miller.

Many upcoming UK auctions of silver and jewellery are assembled with the season of gift-giving in mind and will be held in good time to be mailed well before the big day. Here is a selection of largely affordable and portable pieces of antique silver, all for sale via



Fine Auctions in York conducts a timed online sale via closing on November 29. It includes this 10oz George III silver mug (above) by Newcastle maker John Langlands and John Robertson (1780). Estimate £500-700.


A George III silver wine funnel (above) by William Plummer, London 1786, has a guide of £200-300 at Canterbury Auction Galleries on November 28-30. The removable strainer is engraved with a crest.


This Edwardian silver and enamelled snuff box (above) is engraved and enamelled with clover, by William J Holmes, Birmingham 1903. It has an estimate of £40-60 at Newton Green, Sudbury, auction house Mander on December 5.


This Victorian novelty seal in the form of a dog’s head (Birmingham, 1891) has a guide of £70-90 in the December 16 Fine Furniture, Works of Art, Silver & Paintings sale at Bishop & Miller of Stowmarket.


Reeman Dansie’s timed online sale of Silver & Silver Plate in Colchester ending on November 29 includes this pair of Edwardian novelty pepper grinders (above) in the form of 2lb bell weights is estimated at £500-700. With engraved armorials verso, they have marks for the maker Mappin & Webb, London, 1902.



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