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 36
  2. Floral 25
  3. Belle Époque 15
  4. Neoclassical 11
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  20. Chinese Interest 5
  21. Louis XV 5
  22. Abstract 4
  23. Baroque 4
  24. Ottoman 3
  25. Japanese Interest 3
  26. Chinoiserie 3
  27. Art Nouveau 3
  28. Equestrian / Horses 3
  29. Royal / Monarchy 3
  30. Militaria / Military 3
  31. Fabergé 2
  32. Hunting 2
  33. Mythological 2
  34. Bukhara 2
  35. Classical 2
  36. Louis XVI 2
  37. Christian 2
  38. Urban Views / Townscapes 1
  39. Portrait 1
  40. Sèvres 1
  41. Persian interest 1
  42. Napoleonic 1
  43. Grand Tour 1
  44. Meiji 1
  45. Marine / Seascape 1
  46. Louis XIV 1
  47. Landscape 1
  48. Japonisme 1
  49. Gothic 1
  50. Georgian 1
  51. Fête Galante 1
  52. Empire 1
  53. Edwardian 1
  54. Biblical 1
  55. Battle / War 1
  56. Arts & Crafts 1
  57. Komai 1
Material
  1. Silver 135
  2. Silver-gilt 37
  3. Enamel 20
  4. Enamel - Cloisonné 16
  5. Precious Stones 13
  6. Sterling Silver 13
  7. Crystal 11
  8. Cut Glass 10
  9. Enamel - Guilloché 10
  10. Gold 9
  11. Ivory 9
  12. Wood 7
  13. Nephrite 6
  14. Diamond 6
  15. Pearl 5
  16. Semi-precious stones 5
  17. Brass 5
  18. Glass 4
  19. Enamel - Champlevé 4
  20. Gilt 4
  21. Mirror 4
  22. Ebonised Wood 4
  23. Rock Crystal 4
  24. Porcelain 4
  25. Malachite 3
  26. Ruby 2
  27. Amethyst 2
  28. Quartz 2
  29. Agate 2
  30. Steel 2
  31. Textile 2
  32. Enamel - Plique-à-jour 2
  33. Velvet 2
  34. Coral 2
  35. Copper 2
  36. Bloodstone 2
  37. Sodalite 1
  38. Sapphire 1
  39. Vernis Martin 1
  40. Walnut 1
  41. Turquoise 1
  42. Lacquer 1
  43. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 1
  44. Hardwood 1
  45. Bone 1
  46. Bronze 1
  47. Ebony 1
  48. Emerald 1
  49. Giltwood 1
  50. Granite 1
  51. Hardstone 1
  52. Hoof 1
  53. Olive Wood 1
  54. Iron 1
  55. Jade 1
  56. Lapis Lazuli 1
  57. Metal 1
  58. Micro-mosaic 1
  59. Mother-of-Pearl 1
  60. Niello 1
  61. Zebra Stone 1
Colour
  1. Silver 124
  2. Gold 43
  3. Multi-coloured 39
  4. Clear 22
  5. Blue 21
  6. Green 18
  7. Red 14
  8. Brown 13
  9. Metallic 11
  10. White 9
  11. Black 6
  12. Pink 6
  13. Purple 4
  14. Orange 4
  15. Cream 4
  16. Grey 2
  17. Turquoise 2
  18. Yellow 2
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  1. Russian 42
  2. French 27
  3. English 17
  4. Continental 12
  5. German 11
  6. Indian 8
  7. Austrian 8
  8. British 8
  9. Asian 4
  10. Austro-Hungarian 4
  11. Spanish 4
  12. Turkish 3
  13. Chinese 3
  14. Middle Eastern 3
  15. Italian 3
  16. Irish 2
  17. Uzbekistan 2
  18. Egyptian 2
  19. Anglo-Indian 1
  20. Greek 1
  21. Japanese 1
  22. Jerusalem 1
  23. Malaysian/Singaporean 1
  24. Norwegian 1
  25. Persian 1
  26. Portuguese 1
  27. Czech 1
  28. Burmese 1
  29. Swedish 1
  30. Swiss 1
  31. Syrian 1
  32. Balkan 1
  33. American 1
Period
  1. Early 20th Century 46
  2. Late 19th Century 38
  3. 20th Century 36
  4. 19th Century 31
  5. 21st Century 9
  6. 18th Century and Earlier 8
  7. Early 19th Century 1
Artist / Maker
  1. Fabergé (Russian, founded 1842) 8
  2. Tétard Frères (French, founded 1880) 4
  3. de Quin, Rebecca (British, contemporary) 3
  4. Ovchinnikov, Pavel (Russian, 1830-1888) 2
  5. Garrard & Co. (English, founded 1735) 2
  6. Boivin, Victor (French, active late 19th Century) 2
  7. Liu, Nan Nan (Chinese / British, contemporary) 2
  8. Semenova, Maria (Russian, fl. c. 1900) 2
  9. Dreyfous, Edouard Henry (French, active from c. 1880) 2
  10. J.D. Schleissner & Sohne (German, active late 19th Century) 1
  11. Jalabert-Lamotte (French, active 18th Century) 1
  12. Klinkosch, Josef Carl (Austrian, 1822-1888) 1
  13. Lebkeucher & Co. (American, active circa 1900) 1
  14. Lionel Alfred Crichton (English, fl. late 19th Century-early 20th Century) 1
  15. Morel, Jean-Valentin (French, 1794-1860) 1
  16. Oomersi Mawji & Sons (Indian, c. 1860 - c. 1930) 1
  17. 11th Artel (Russian, 1908-1917) 1
  18. Politzer, Ludwig (Austrian, 1841-1907) 1
  19. Richard Comyns (English, fl. early 20th Century) 1
  20. Holland, Aldwinckle & Slater (English, 1838-1932) 1
  21. Roberts & Doré (English, founded 1908) 1
  22. Sèvres (French, founded 1738) 1
  23. Tolliday, William (English, b. 1915) 1
  24. Tu Mao Xing (Chinese, active 1880-1930) 1
  25. Turner & Simpson (English, 1912-1979) 1
  26. Vacheron Constantin (Swiss, founded 1755) 1
  27. West & Son (Irish, est. 1720) 1
  28. Wo, Kwan (Chinese, active 1880-1920) 1
  29. Wright, Charles (English, fl. 1757-1815) 1
  30. Yamamoto, Yusuke (Japanese, b. 1979) 1
  31. J. Tostrup (Norwegian, founded 1838) 1
  32. Hack, Charles (French, fl. early 20th Century) 1
  33. Hessenberg, Wilhelm C. (German, fl. early 19th Century) 1
  34. Carrington & Co (English, founded 1873) 1
  35. 6th Artel (Russian, 1908-1917) 1
  36. Alex'r M. Hays (American, fl.19th Century) 1
  37. Aucoc, André (French, 1856-1911) 1
  38. Bezalel Academy (Jerusalem, founded 1906) 1
  39. Böhm, Hermann (Austrian, active from 1866) 1
  40. Boucher, Francois (French, 1703-1770) 1
  41. Boucheron (French, founded 1858) 1
  42. Bruckmann & Sohne (German, 1806-1973) 1
  43. Buxeda, Josep (Spanish, active early-mid 20th Century) 1
  44. Carreras, Jacinto (Spanish, active 19th Century) 1
  45. Carrs Silver (English, founded 1977) 1
  46. Hadad Brothers (Israeli, founded 1964) 1
  47. Dellevie, Hans G. (German, fl. early 19th Century) 1
  48. Devaux, Paul (French, active 1902-1920) 1
  49. Dobson & Sons (London, est. 1877) 1
  50. Edward Barnard & Sons (English, c. 1680-2003) 1
  51. Evrot, Ernest (French, active late 19th Century) 1
  52. Falize Freres (Paris, fl. late 19th/early 20th Century) 1
  53. Francis Higgins II (English, active from 1817) 1
  54. Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd (English, founded 1880) 1
  55. Grachev Brothers (Russian, founded in 1866) 1
  56. Gross, Armand (French, fl. late 19th-early 20th Century) 1
  57. 20th Artel (Russian, 1908-1917) 1
  58. Roberts & Belk (English, founded 1809) 1

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