AC Silver is proud to present a magnificent collection of Georgian silverware for sale, including fine examples of Georgian silver flatware and Georgian Irish silver.
Andrew Campbell selects only the finest Georgian silver to add to the AC Silver inventory. All examples of Georgian silverware are presentation condition and ready for use.
All examples of Georgian silverware come with free and insured worldwide shipping and a 14 day return policy.
Collectors are drawn to Georgian silver not only for its aesthetic appeal but also for the diversity of styles and designs that emerged during this period. Whether adorned with intricate rococo detailing or showcasing the simplicity of neoclassical elegance, Georgian silver offers a broad range of options to suit varied tastes.
Georgian silver refers to items of silverware that were produced during the reigns of three kings of England named George (George I to George III), spanning from 1714 to 1820. Georgian silver is often highly valued by collectors and enthusiasts due to its historical significance, craftsmanship, and the quality of the silver used.
The value of Georgian silver can vary based on several factors, including:
Age and Rarity: Older pieces from the early Georgian period may be rarer and more valuable than later pieces. Additionally, if a particular design or maker is rare, it can increase the value.
Maker's Mark: The mark of the silversmith or maker can significantly impact the value. Pieces made by well-known or highly regarded silversmiths are generally more valuable.
Condition: The condition of the Georgian silver piece is crucial. Pieces in excellent condition, with minimal wear, damage, or repairs, tend to be more valuable.
Design and Style: Elaborate and finely crafted designs may be more valuable than simpler pieces. Different styles were popular during various periods within the Georgian era, and collectors may have preferences for specific styles.
Provenance: The history or provenance of the piece can affect its value. If a Georgian silver item has a known and documented history, it may be more desirable to collectors.
Market Demand: The current demand for Georgian silver in the market also influences its value. Trends in collecting can impact prices, with certain styles or periods becoming more sought after.
Throughout centuries, hallmarks in Great Britain have served as a method for dating and assessing the quality of silver. Notably, this tradition of marking antique silverware evolved into a standardised means of certifying the purity of the material, affirming that all sterling pieces contained 92.5% silver. The English sterling silver may bear five distinct markings: a maker's mark, an assay office or town mark, a date mark, an assay mark, and a duty mark.
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During the Georgian era (1714-1837), several notable silversmiths and workshops produced exquisite silverware. Here are some major makers of Georgian silver:
Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751): Considered one of the finest English silversmiths of the 18th century, de Lamerie's work is highly sought after for its exceptional craftsmanship and intricate designs.
Hester Bateman (1708-1794): A prominent female silversmith, Hester Bateman ran a successful workshop known for producing high-quality silver items, particularly during the latter half of the 18th century.
George Jensen (1735-1793): Jensen was a Danish-born silversmith who worked in London and was known for his elegant neoclassical designs. His pieces are admired for their simplicity and refined beauty.
Paul Storr (1771-1844): A leading silversmith of the early 19th century, Storr's work is characterized by its exceptional quality and often features ornate decoration. His pieces are highly collectible.
Matthew Boulton (1728-1809): As an industrialist and silversmith, Boulton co-founded the Soho Mint and collaborated with the renowned designer James Watt. His silver pieces are known for their innovation and quality.
Robert and Samuel Hennell: This father-and-son duo operated a prominent London silver workshop in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Their work is recognized for its excellent craftsmanship and elegant designs.
John Wakelin and William Taylor: Partners in a London-based silversmithing firm, Wakelin and Taylor produced high-quality Georgian silver known for its artistic merit and craftsmanship.
Nathaniel Smith (active 1758-1782): Smith was a renowned English silversmith known for his exceptional work during the mid-18th century. His pieces often feature elaborate rococo designs.
Andrew Fogelberg and Stephen Gilbert: Operating in London during the late 18th century, this partnership created silverware with distinctive neoclassical designs that reflected the artistic trends of the time.
These makers and workshops played a significant role in shaping the landscape of Georgian silver, leaving behind a legacy of craftsmanship and design that continues to be highly valued by collectors and enthusiasts today.