Silver

Silver is a soft, shiny precious metal of silvery-white colour that has been highly prized for its beauty and rarity since ancient times.

The discovery date of silver is unknown, as it was one of the seven metals that were known to prehistoric humans. Since its discovery, silver has been used for monetary or decorative purposes. Silver was an incredibly precious material in the ancient world, as native silver supplies were limited and much rarer than gold. Indeed, in ancient Egypt, silver was more expensive than gold until around the 15th Century BC.

However, discovery of a method by which silver could be separated from its ores meant that silver became more prevelant in the later centuries BC. One of the earliest European silver extraction centres was in Sardinia; while the origins of silver production in Japan, China and India are almost certainly as ancient as their European counterparts, the process is not documented. 

The production of fine, high quality jewellery has been a primary use of silver throughout the ages, and remains one of the metal's most prevalent uses today. The creation of fine, silver tableware is another of the metal's most prominent uses. This is particularly true of beautiful antique silver cutlery and silver tea and coffee sets, which prize the metal not only for its exquisite appearance, but also for its cleanliness, as silver is known to possess antibacterial properties. 

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  1. Russian Interest 38
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  49. Gothic 1
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  53. Biblical 1
  54. American Interest 1
  55. Komai 1
Material
  1. Silver 127
  2. Silver-gilt 41
  3. Enamel - Cloisonné 19
  4. Enamel 16
  5. Sterling Silver 13
  6. Precious Stones 11
  7. Cut Glass 9
  8. Enamel - Guilloché 9
  9. Crystal 7
  10. Brass 7
  11. Wood 7
  12. Gold 7
  13. Glass 6
  14. Copper 5
  15. Ebonised Wood 5
  16. Pearl 5
  17. Semi-precious stones 5
  18. Diamond 5
  19. Nephrite 4
  20. Gilt 3
  21. Mirror 3
  22. Enamel - Champlevé 3
  23. Rock Crystal 3
  24. Porcelain 3
  25. Malachite 3
  26. Steel 2
  27. Ruby 2
  28. Quartz 2
  29. Textile 2
  30. Velvet 2
  31. Agate 2
  32. Enamel - Plique-à-jour 2
  33. Coral 2
  34. Hardstone 2
  35. Micro-mosaic 1
  36. Silver-plate 1
  37. Bloodstone 1
  38. Walnut 1
  39. Vernis Martin 1
  40. Bone 1
  41. Emerald 1
  42. Sodalite 1
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  44. Giltwood 1
  45. Gilt Metal 1
  46. Mother-of-Pearl 1
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  48. Sapphire 1
  49. Hardwood 1
  50. Hoof 1
  51. Iron 1
  52. Ivory 1
  53. Amethyst 1
  54. Olive Wood 1
  55. Metal 1
  56. Zebra Stone 1
Colour
  1. Silver 120
  2. Multi-coloured 44
  3. Gold 44
  4. Clear 19
  5. Blue 18
  6. Green 15
  7. Red 14
  8. Brown 12
  9. Metallic 11
  10. White 6
  11. Black 6
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  13. Orange 4
  14. Cream 4
  15. Purple 3
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  18. Turquoise 1
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  1. Russian 41
  2. English 23
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  29. Czech 1
  30. Burmese 1
  31. Balkan 1
  32. Uzbekistan 1
Period
  1. Early 20th Century 51
  2. Late 19th Century 35
  3. 20th Century 35
  4. 19th Century 26
  5. 21st Century 9
  6. 18th Century and Earlier 7
  7. Early 19th Century 2
Artist / Maker
  1. Fabergé 6
  2. Tétard Frères 6
  3. de Quin, Rebecca 3
  4. Garrard & Co. 3
  5. Dreyfous, Edouard Henry 2
  6. Liu, Nan Nan 2
  7. Bezalel Academy 2
  8. Semenova, Maria 2
  9. Oleks, Lev Fridrikhovitch 1
  10. Morel, Jean-Valentin 1
  11. 6th Artel 1
  12. Oomersi Mawji & Sons 1
  13. Klinkosch, Josef Carl 1
  14. J. Tostrup 1
  15. Hutcheson, Jane 1
  16. Hunt & Roskell 1
  17. Horace Woodward & Co. 1
  18. Lionel Alfred Crichton 1
  19. Politzer, Ludwig 1
  20. Ovchinnikov, Pavel 1
  21. Hessenberg, Wilhelm C. 1
  22. Richard Comyns 1
  23. Roberts & Belk 1
  24. Samson et Cie 1
  25. Tolliday, William 1
  26. Tu Mao Xing 1
  27. Turner & Simpson 1
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  32. Wright, Charles 1
  33. Holland, Aldwinckle & Slater 1
  34. Gross, Armand 1
  35. Herfurth, Rotger 1
  36. Christofle 1
  37. 20th Artel 1
  38. Alex'r M. Hays 1
  39. Angell, Joseph II 1
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  41. Aucoc, André 1
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  48. Carrs Silver 1
  49. Dellevie, Hans G. 1
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  51. Devaux, Paul 1
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  54. Elkington & Co. 1
  55. Evrot, Ernest 1
  56. Falize Freres 1
  57. Francis Higgins II 1
  58. Georg Roth & Co. 1
  59. Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd 1
  60. Grachev Brothers 1
  61. 11th Artel 1
  62. Hack, Charles 1
  63. Yamamoto, Yusuke 1

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