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Sterling Silver1038 of 1500Silver Ingots silver ingots Chinese 12 years symbols in case with silk scroll
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Posted 3 years ago


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Silver items are not that popular on Collector’s Weekly. I really don’t know why. Silver has always been a collecting passion for me. Perhaps it’s a generational thing? Cultural? Cleanophobia?
But I’ll give it a go again….
On TV there are a variety of Antiques shows here in Oz to whet my palate each day for eye candy. On one recent episode of Bargain Hunt I saw an example of a cup like this one. Even more recently I saw on an English Antiques Roadshow a William III 'tumbler cup'. It was market purchase a few years ago for a couple of dollars. It retains some of the gilding within the cup, but its condition means that it has been a useful item. This style of work is gaining in popularity in England these days. I like the repoussé work is actually very labour intensive on such a small piece of silver. I believe all of the work on it is hand-done and note just pressed work.
One of the attractive sides of collecting silver is the use of marks to indicate manufacturing details – but not in all cases. The marks here are very clear. The ‘m’ indicates 1886, the anchor Birmingham and the maker’s mark of L.S tells us that it was made by L. Spiers who registered his mark in October 1886. So this was an early piece by this maker. The style is totally over the top Victoriana – Queen Victoria’s head is there too among the hallmarks. I think it is a revival of William III repoussé work. I love the way that the silversmith has created that spiral ribbing and the well crimped edge is very tactile.The additional hand-chasing all over gives even further depth to the appearance of the piece.
H 5.5 cm or 2.2"
W 7.5 cm or 2.9"


  1. AmberRose AmberRose, 3 years ago
    Not to mention the worth of the metal!
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    It's quite good gauge, actually, Amber. But it won't be scrapped by me. Thanks again for your help and support!
  3. AmberRose AmberRose, 3 years ago
    You are welcome honey. I am trying to find you another perfect gift. You are a toughy. Half think of just baking cookies : )
  4. inky inky, 3 years ago
    This very beautiful!....:-)
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks inky!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks miKKo!
  7. Budek Budek, 3 years ago
    What a dazzling amount of work! I love the interior view, and the opposing movements of the repousse,......and the over-all 'gearish', industrial look,( with an elegant twist ).
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many than Sean and to you too Tonino!
  9. lass lass, 3 years ago
    Lovely item, I quite like silver.
  10. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago

  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks scott and scandinavian_pieces too
  12. wolcott1 wolcott1, 3 years ago
    A beauty!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks pickrknows! Nose or knows?
  14. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
    Silver is always great in my thinking. The craftsmanship of this piece is superb. Beautiful piece.
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks kerry10456 !
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks Marc112!
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks miederman and mustangtony too!
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Perfumer!
  19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks petey!
  20. pops52 pops52, 2 years ago
    Very Beautiful!
  21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks pops and nidionne aussi!
  22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks MANIKIN!
  23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks NUTSABOTAS 'n BELLIN too!
  24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 months ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!

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