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 35
  2. Floral 22
  3. Belle Époque 12
  4. Neoclassical 11
  5. Birds / Ornithology 9
  6. 20th and 21st Century Design 8
  7. Figurative Art 8
  8. Contemporary 8
  9. Art Deco 7
  10. Faberge 7
  11. Jewish 7
  12. Rococo 7
  13. Religious 6
  14. Indian Interest 6
  15. Animal / Animalier 6
  16. Victorian 6
  17. Islamic 5
  18. Renaissance 5
  19. Chinese Interest 4
  20. Ottoman 4
  21. Arabesque 4
  22. Abstract 4
  23. Chinoiserie 3
  24. Edwardian 3
  25. Baroque 3
  26. Art Nouveau 3
  27. Japanese Interest 3
  28. Louis XVI 2
  29. Louis XV 2
  30. Equestrian / Horses 2
  31. Persian interest 2
  32. Fabergé 2
  33. Militaria / Military 2
  34. Classical 2
  35. Christian 2
  36. Marine / Seascape 2
  37. Napoleonic 1
  38. Royal / Monarchy 1
  39. Gothic 1
  40. Meiji 1
  41. Louis XIV 1
  42. Landscape 1
  43. Japonisme 1
  44. Hunting 1
  45. Grand Tour 1
  46. Georgian 1
  47. Empire 1
  48. Bukhara 1
  49. Biblical 1
  50. Battle / War 1
  51. Komai 1
Material
  1. Silver 119
  2. Silver-gilt 38
  3. Enamel 16
  4. Enamel - Cloisonné 15
  5. Precious Stones 13
  6. Sterling Silver 12
  7. Enamel - Guilloché 10
  8. Cut Glass 9
  9. Gold 8
  10. Crystal 7
  11. Diamond 6
  12. Semi-precious stones 6
  13. Wood 6
  14. Ivory 6
  15. Nephrite 6
  16. Ebonised Wood 5
  17. Pearl 4
  18. Mirror 4
  19. Glass 4
  20. Brass 4
  21. Malachite 3
  22. Gilt 3
  23. Rock Crystal 3
  24. Enamel - Champlevé 3
  25. Porcelain 2
  26. Ruby 2
  27. Agate 2
  28. Steel 2
  29. Textile 2
  30. Hardstone 2
  31. Velvet 2
  32. Enamel - Plique-à-jour 2
  33. Coral 2
  34. Copper 2
  35. Bloodstone 2
  36. Quartz 2
  37. Sodalite 1
  38. Vernis Martin 1
  39. Sapphire 1
  40. Walnut 1
  41. Jade 1
  42. Olive Wood 1
  43. Mother-of-Pearl 1
  44. Micro-mosaic 1
  45. Metal 1
  46. Lacquer 1
  47. Amethyst 1
  48. Iron 1
  49. Hoof 1
  50. Hardwood 1
  51. Granite 1
  52. Giltwood 1
  53. Emerald 1
  54. Bone 1
  55. Zebra Stone 1
Colour
  1. Silver 111
  2. Gold 40
  3. Multi-coloured 36
  4. Clear 18
  5. Blue 17
  6. Green 17
  7. Red 14
  8. Brown 11
  9. White 7
  10. Black 7
  11. Metallic 7
  12. Pink 6
  13. Orange 4
  14. Purple 4
  15. Cream 4
  16. Grey 2
  17. Yellow 2
  18. Turquoise 1
Country Of Origin
  1. Russian 39
  2. French 22
  3. English 20
  4. Continental 11
  5. British 8
  6. German 7
  7. Indian 6
  8. Austrian 6
  9. Italian 5
  10. Spanish 4
  11. Turkish 4
  12. Austro-Hungarian 3
  13. Chinese 3
  14. Middle Eastern 3
  15. Asian 3
  16. Irish 2
  17. Persian 2
  18. Egyptian 2
  19. Swedish 1
  20. Swiss 1
  21. Anglo-Indian 1
  22. Greek 1
  23. Norwegian 1
  24. Jerusalem 1
  25. Japanese 1
  26. Danish 1
  27. Czech 1
  28. Burmese 1
  29. Balkan 1
  30. Uzbekistan 1
Period
  1. Early 20th Century 44
  2. 20th Century 35
  3. Late 19th Century 30
  4. 19th Century 28
  5. 21st Century 9
  6. 18th Century and Earlier 7
  7. Early 19th Century 1
Artist / Maker
  1. Fabergé (Russian, founded 1842) 8
  2. Tétard Frères (French, founded 1880) 6
  3. de Quin, Rebecca (British, contemporary) 3
  4. Garrard & Co. (English, founded 1735) 2
  5. Liu, Nan Nan (Chinese / British, contemporary) 2
  6. Dreyfous, Edouard Henry (French, active from c. 1880) 2
  7. Semenova, Maria (Russian, fl. c. 1900) 2
  8. Richard Comyns (English, fl. early 20th Century) 1
  9. J. Tostrup (Norwegian, founded 1838) 1
  10. Klinkosch, Josef Carl (Austrian, 1822-1888) 1
  11. Lionel Alfred Crichton (English, fl. late 19th Century-early 20th Century) 1
  12. Morel, Jean-Valentin (French, 1794-1860) 1
  13. Oomersi Mawji & Sons (Indian, c. 1860 - c. 1930) 1
  14. Ovchinnikov, Pavel (Russian, 1830-1888) 1
  15. Politzer, Ludwig (Austrian, 1841-1907) 1
  16. 11th Artel (Russian, 1908-1917) 1
  17. Samson et Cie (French, 1845-1969) 1
  18. Hessenberg, Wilhelm C. (German, fl. early 19th Century) 1
  19. Tolliday, William (English, b. 1915) 1
  20. Tu Mao Xing (Chinese, active 1880-1930) 1
  21. Turner & Simpson (English, 1912-1979) 1
  22. Vacheron Constantin (Swiss, founded 1755) 1
  23. West & Son (Irish, est. 1720) 1
  24. Wo, Kwan (Chinese, active 1880-1920) 1
  25. Wright, Charles (English, fl. 1757-1815) 1
  26. Yamamoto, Yusuke (Japanese, b. 1979) 1
  27. Roberts & Belk (English, founded 1809) 1
  28. Herfurth, Rotger (German, 1722–1776) 1
  29. Wolfsky & Co. (English, fl. early 20th Century) 1
  30. Holland, Aldwinckle & Slater (English, 1838-1932) 1
  31. Gross, Armand (French, fl. late 19th-early 20th Century) 1
  32. Hadad Brothers (Israeli, founded 1964) 1
  33. Carrington & Co (English, founded 1873) 1
  34. 6th Artel (Russian, 1908-1917) 1
  35. Alex'r M. Hays (American, fl.19th Century) 1
  36. Asprey (English, Founded 1781) 1
  37. Aucoc, André (French, 1856-1911) 1
  38. Bezalel Academy (Jerusalem, founded 1906) 1
  39. Boivin, Victor (French, active late 19th Century) 1
  40. Boucheron (French, founded 1858) 1
  41. Bruckmann & Sohne (German, 1806-1973) 1
  42. Buccellati, Mario (Italian, 1891-1965) 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. Hack, Charles (French, fl. early 20th Century) 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. Elkington & Co. (British, founded 1830s) 1
  52. Evrot, Ernest (French, active late 19th Century) 1
  53. Falize Freres (Paris, fl. late 19th/early 20th Century) 1
  54. Francis Higgins II (English, active from 1817) 1
  55. Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd (English, founded 1880) 1
  56. Grachev Brothers (Russian, founded in 1866) 1
  57. 20th Artel (Russian, 1908-1917) 1
  58. Horace Woodward & Co. (English, founded c. 1850) 1

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