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
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  3. Floral 25
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  5. Jewish 19
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  57. Orientalist 1
  58. Royal / Monarchy 1
  59. Still life 1
Material
  1. Silver 164
  2. Silver-gilt 59
  3. Enamel - Cloisonné 20
  4. Sterling Silver 16
  5. Enamel 13
  6. Precious Stones 10
  7. Brass 9
  8. Cut Glass 8
  9. Crystal 7
  10. Ebonised Wood 7
  11. Enamel - Guilloché 7
  12. Gilt 7
  13. Gold 6
  14. Wood 6
  15. Copper 5
  16. Diamond 5
  17. Glass 5
  18. Hardstone 5
  19. Nephrite 5
  20. Pearl 5
  21. Lapis Lazuli 4
  22. Mirror 4
  23. Rock Crystal 4
  24. Semi-precious stones 4
  25. Agate 3
  26. Amethyst 3
  27. Coral 3
  28. Enamel - Champlevé 3
  29. Malachite 3
  30. Quartz 3
  31. Ruby 3
  32. Silver-plate 3
  33. Steel 3
  34. Textile 3
  35. Bone 2
  36. Enamel - Plique-à-jour 2
  37. Ivory 2
  38. Paper 2
  39. Porcelain 2
  40. Sapphire 2
  41. Velvet 2
  42. Pyrite 2
  43. Bloodstone 1
  44. Citrine 1
  45. Emerald 1
  46. Gilt Metal 1
  47. Giltwood 1
  48. Hardwood 1
  49. Hoof 1
  50. Jasper 1
  51. Marble 1
  52. Metal 1
  53. Micro-mosaic 1
  54. Mother-of-Pearl 1
  55. Olive Wood 1
  56. Onyx 1
  57. Rhodonite 1
  58. Silvered Metal 1
  59. Sodalite 1
  60. Stone 1
  61. Turquoise 1
  62. Vernis Martin 1
  63. Walnut 1
  64. Zebra Stone 1
  65. Meerschaum 1
  66. Labradorite 1
  67. Amber 1
  68. Sand 1
Colour
  1. Silver 156
  2. Gold 54
  3. Multi-coloured 46
  4. Clear 22
  5. Metallic 22
  6. Blue 19
  7. Red 17
  8. Brown 15
  9. Green 14
  10. Black 8
  11. Cream 7
  12. White 5
  13. Orange 4
  14. Pink 4
  15. Purple 3
  16. Grey 2
  17. Yellow 2
  18. Turquoise 1
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  1. English 42
  2. Russian 40
  3. Continental 25
  4. French 23
  5. British 11
  6. German 7
  7. Italian 7
  8. Austrian 6
  9. Indian 6
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Period
  1. Early 20th Century 59
  2. 20th Century 58
  3. Late 19th Century 41
  4. 19th Century 30
  5. 21st Century 10
  6. 18th Century and Earlier 8
  7. Early 19th Century 5
Artist / Maker
  1. Asprey 8
  2. Tétard Frères 6
  3. Fabergé 4
  4. de Quin, Rebecca 3
  5. Elkington & Co. 3
  6. Salkind, Moses 3
  7. Bezalel Academy 2
  8. Buccellati, Mario 2
  9. Dreyfous, Edouard Henry 2
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  13. Semenova, Maria 2
  14. 6th Artel 1
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  17. Alex'r M. Hays 1
  18. Angell, Joseph II 1
  19. Argenteria Fiorentini & Spertini 1
  20. Aucoc, André 1
  21. Boivin, Victor 1
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  24. Buxeda, Josep 1
  25. Carlo Mario Camusso 1
  26. Carreras, Jacinto 1
  27. Carrington & Co 1
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  29. Christofle 1
  30. Dalí, Salvador 1
  31. Delaire, Emile 1
  32. de Lamerie, Paul 1
  33. Dellevie, Hans G. 1
  34. Devaux, Paul 1
  35. Dobson & Sons 1
  36. Edward Barnard & Sons 1
  37. Edward Charles Brown 1
  38. Falize Freres 1
  39. Francis Higgins II 1
  40. Georg Roth & Co. 1
  41. Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd 1
  42. Grachev Brothers 1
  43. Hack, Charles 1
  44. Hadad Brothers 1
  45. Herfurth, Rotger 1
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  47. Holland, Aldwinckle & Slater 1
  48. Horace Woodward & Co. 1
  49. J. Tostrup 1
  50. Klinkosch, Josef Carl 1
  51. Kozlowsky, Franciscus 1
  52. Lang, Henrik August 1
  53. Langleben, Jacob 1
  54. Leshnevska, Yaryna 1
  55. Lionel Alfred Crichton 1
  56. Maison Cardeilhac 1
  57. Mappin & Webb 1
  58. Martin, Hall & Co 1
  59. Morel, Jean-Valentin 1
  60. Oomersi Mawji & Sons 1
  61. Ovchinnikov, Pavel 1
  62. Politzer, Ludwig 1
  63. Richard Comyns 1
  64. Roberts & Belk 1
  65. Rosenzweig, Taitelbaum & Co 1
  66. Samson et Cie 1
  67. Schwarz & Steiner 1
  68. Solomon Blanckensee & Sons Ltd 1
  69. Tolliday, William 1
  70. Tuck Chang & Co. 1
  71. Tu Mao Xing 1
  72. Turner & Simpson 1
  73. West & Son 1
  74. Wo, Kwan 1
  75. Wolfsky & Co. 1
  76. Wright, Charles 1
  77. Yamamoto, Yusuke 1
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