The Silver auction at Roseberys that took place on December 7th 2023 featured a wide range of silverware dating from the 16th to the 21st century, and saw excellent results across the sale. Models of animals and novelty silverware proved particularly popular with bidders, as did Tudor silver and flatware by renowned luxury houses such as Tiffany & Co. and Cardeilhac.

The top price of the day was paid for one of the oldest items in the sale: an Elizabeth I silver communion cup and paten dating to 1587, which realised a price of £6,298 (inc. premium). An earlier Tudor baluster seal top spoon also sold well, with enthusiastic bidding taking it beyond its estimate, to realise a price of £2,099 (inc. premium).


Lot 9: An Elizabeth I silver communion cup and paten,

William Cawdell (probably), London, 1587


A sizeable silver elephant generated plenty of bidding and ultimately sold above estimate to a telephone bidder for £3,673 (inc. premium). Though slightly smaller in stature, a pair of Victorian silver frog cruets proved no less popular, and competitive bidding on the internet Zand in the room meant that they leapt beyond their estimate to realise a price of £1,574 (inc. premium).


Lot 3: A silver model of an African elephant,

Edward Barnard & Sons, London, 1975


Silver flatware continues to sell well at auction, with a French canteen by renowned Parisian silversmithing firm, Cardeilhac, realising a strong price of £4,461 (inc. premium). A set of ‘Hampton patten’ flatware by Tiffany & Co. was also well-bid to realise £4,189 (inc. premium).


Lot 2: A canteen of French silver flatware, Ernest Cardeilhac.

Late 19th/early 20th century


Georgina Agnew, Head of Sale commented:

“This was a fun and varied sale comprising historic, novelty and classic silverware carefully assembled to appeal to a wide range of buyers. We saw some excellent results, with many items selling above estimate and a fantastic sold rate of almost 90% reflecting the enduring demand for silver.”



Lot 50: A German silver model of a turkey, Pseudo Hanau marks

Import marks for Berthold Muller, Chester, 1908


Among the items that sold above estimate were a delightful Danish silver marriage box (price realised: £419), a Japanese silver cocktail shaker with bamboo decoration (price realised: £1,180), a festive silver model of a turkey (price realised: £722) and a Regency silver meat skewer by the renowned silversmith, Paul Storr (price realised: £341).