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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Silverplate Gorham Bowl & Spain Champagne Glasses
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Silverplate Gorham Bowl & Spain Champagne Glasses
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$100 Bids
Paar Untersetzer, Silber 925, Blütenzier mit Ranken auf farblosem Glas montiert, ø 15 cm;
Oct 29, 12:00 PM CEST
Paar Untersetzer, Silber 925, Blütenzier mit Ranken auf farblosem Glas montiert, ø 15 cm;
by Auktionshaus Plückbaum
Est: €0- €0
€400 Bids
Early Silver Double-Handled Cup with Religious Legendary Figures -
Oct 19, 4:00 PM EDT
Early Silver Double-Handled Cup with Religious Legendary Figures -
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Set of 12 Silverplated Cups
Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
Set of 12 Silverplated Cups
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
A Quadruple Plate Small Cup
Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
A Quadruple Plate Small Cup
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
A Silverplated Measuring Cup
Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
A Silverplated Measuring Cup
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
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WILKENS & SÖHNE Becher mit Gravur, 20. Jh.
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CEST
WILKENS & SÖHNE Becher mit Gravur, 20. Jh.
by Auktionshaus Eppli
Est: €0- €0
€150 Bids
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DEUTSCH Pokalschale, versilbert, 20. Jh.
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CEST
DEUTSCH Pokalschale, versilbert, 20. Jh.
by Auktionshaus Eppli
Est: €0- €0
€150 Bids
12 ice cream cups, 20th century,
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
12 ice cream cups, 20th century,
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1000 Bids
SILVER-PLATED AND GILT-BRONZE HANDLED CUP
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
SILVER-PLATED AND GILT-BRONZE HANDLED CUP
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $2,000- $4,200
$9000 Bids
Silver Plated Celebratory Punch Bowl Set With 14 Cups
Nov 02, 6:00 PM EDT
Silver Plated Celebratory Punch Bowl Set With 14 Cups
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Silverplate Cups


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Auktionshaus Eppli

Auktionshaus Eppli

Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions

Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions

Tajan

Tajan