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History of Dressing Table Silver

There are many components to dressing table silver, although full surviving dressing table sets are now extremely rare and costly.


Silver dressing table pieces first appeared in the late 1600s. However, small pots and jars survive from earlier periods. Complete dressing table sets feature items such as:


 

 


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Indian dressing table silver

Silver dressing table pieces became popular in the 19th century. Manufacturers took advantage of advancing mass production techniques in order to create attractive bedroom ornaments. Dressing table sets were kept in cases. These were predominantly made of wood until the late 19th century, when they were replaced by cases made of leather and silver.


Dressing table silver was heavily ornamented, often with feminine designs featuring flowers, birds, and women in masks. The Art Nouveau style became popular at the turn of the century. However, the early 20th century favoured plainer, simpler designs for dressing table silver. Sometimes, these pieces would be decorated with guilloche enameling. Others were backed with a combination of silver and tortoiseshell. These were often inlaid with delicate ribbon and floral swags and wreaths.


Small dressing table sets were popular birthday and engagement gifts.


It is more common to find dressing table silver being sold separately rather than in a full set. Delicate jewellery boxes, decorative scent bottles and bejewelled mirrored compacts are all popular items of silver that once adorned grand vanity tables, and are still popular today.


 
Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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