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Silverplate Cups

While silverplate cups tend to be significantly less expensive than those rendered from sterling, they are often just as beautiful. Even Thomas Jefferson enjoyed his fine Bordeaux wines out of silverplated cups, which are now housed at his former estate and museum at Monticello.

Silverplated cups were initially produced in the mid-18th century using a material called Sheffield, a fusion of sterling silver and copper. The tradition remains very much alive today as many renowned silversmiths continue to create high quality silverplated cups primarily using a technique called electroplating.

The electroplating process consists of applying a thin sheet of pure silver onto a base consisting of other metals. Electroplated silver cups have the entrancing luster of silver and a similar capacity for embossing. Some of the most popular varieties of silverplated cups include wine goblets, beer mugs, and mint julep cups. Reed & Barton and The Sheffield Silver Co. are two of the most prestigious and sought- after producers of silverplated cups.


Quick Facts

  • Silverplated cups can last 20 years or more without showing any signs of wear if properly maintained
  • While most silverplated cups can be obtained for a few hundred dollars or less, singular examples can sometimes command upwards of $1,000 at auction
  • In 2011, Sotheby’s sold a group of 20th century Italian silver table pieces including a silver-plated goblet for $15,000

Recommended Items at Auction

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Two Silver Plated Fox Trophy Stirrup Cups
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Two Silver Plated Fox Trophy Stirrup Cups
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $50- $100
$203 Bids
Grote verzilverde coupe met leeuwekoppen - Hoogte 30 cm. - Diameter 36 cm.
Oct 20, 1:30 PM CEST
Grote verzilverde coupe met leeuwekoppen - Hoogte 30 cm. - Diameter 36 cm.
by Debaveye
Est: €120- €180
€600 Bids
Antique quality silver plated pewter presentation cup
Oct 11, 11:30 PM EDT
Antique quality silver plated pewter presentation cup
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $300- $350
$2000 Bids
Antique silver plated goblet resting on a marble base, h. 27 ...
Oct 10, 7:00 PM CEST
Antique silver plated goblet resting on a marble base, h. 27 ...
by Van Zadelhoff Veilingen en Taxaties
Est: €100- €140
€750 Bids
Antique silver plated childs cup
Oct 11, 11:30 PM EDT
Antique silver plated childs cup
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $25- $35
$150 Bids
Sechs Eierbecher
Oct 07, 10:00 AM CEST
Sechs Eierbecher
by Leo Spik
Est: €150- €180
€1200 Bids
Meridien Renaissance revival silver plate swing pitcher with cup
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Meridien Renaissance revival silver plate swing pitcher with cup
by King Galleries
Est: $150- $200
$500 Bids
A Scottish Georgian Silver Trophy by Alexander Edmonstoun III with Edinburgh hallmarks of 1822. The
Oct 08, 11:00 AM BST
A Scottish Georgian Silver Trophy by Alexander Edmonstoun III with Edinburgh hallmarks of 1822. The
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £150- £200
£1200 Bids
A Late 18th century French silver wine t
Oct 06, 10:00 AM BST
A Late 18th century French silver wine t
by Kinghams Auctioneers
Est: £250- £300
£1500 Bids
French Baroque Chalice in silver and gilt bronze, Upper cup in silver, France, 18th century
Oct 06, 5:30 PM CEST
French Baroque Chalice in silver and gilt bronze, Upper cup in silver, France, 18th century
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €1,000- €1,200
€3500 Bids
Wilcox Silverplated Etching Cup
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
Wilcox Silverplated Etching Cup
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
German Baroque Chalice in silver and gilt bronze, Upper cup in silver, Austria or Germany, 18th century
Oct 06, 5:30 PM CEST
German Baroque Chalice in silver and gilt bronze, Upper cup in silver, Austria or Germany, 18th century
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €1,000- €1,200
€3500 Bids
A Pair of Italian Silverplated Goblets
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
A Pair of Italian Silverplated Goblets
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
Silver Plated Egg Cup Carousal, H 8" W 5" L 5"
Oct 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Silver Plated Egg Cup Carousal, H 8" W 5" L 5"
by DuMouchelles
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
A Silverplate Cup
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
A Silverplate Cup
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
A Meridea Company Repousse Silverplated Cup
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
A Meridea Company Repousse Silverplated Cup
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $175- $1,750
$1750 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Silverplate Cups


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Templum Fine Art Auctions

Templum Fine Art Auctions

DuMouchelles

DuMouchelles