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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

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ART-DECO STYLE SERIES OF FIVE SILVER CUPS (TEA CUPS)
Apr 21, 9:30 AM CEST
ART-DECO STYLE SERIES OF FIVE SILVER CUPS (TEA CUPS)
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €480- €720
€2605 Bids
BEAUTIFUL SILVER CUP
Apr 21, 9:30 AM CEST
BEAUTIFUL SILVER CUP
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €450- €900
€202 Bids
SET OF FIVE SILVER DESSERT CUPS
Apr 21, 9:30 AM CEST
SET OF FIVE SILVER DESSERT CUPS
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €250- €500
€102 Bids
Russischer Teeglashalter mit Emaillebemalung
May 03, 10:00 AM CEST
Russischer Teeglashalter mit Emaillebemalung
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1001 Bid
Getriebener Becher von WMF
May 03, 10:00 AM CEST
Getriebener Becher von WMF
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1001 Bid
Silver Plate Cup, Just Out
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Silver Plate Cup, Just Out
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
A North European coin inset silver gilt peg tankard, mark of GK, 17th century
Apr 29, 10:00 AM PDT
A North European coin inset silver gilt peg tankard, mark of GK, 17th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0001 Bid
SILVER GILT DESSERT CUP, CIRCULAR AND PEDESTAL BASE
Apr 21, 9:30 AM CEST
SILVER GILT DESSERT CUP, CIRCULAR AND PEDESTAL BASE
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €285- €570
€101 Bid
SILVER GILT CUP ON PEDESTAL BASE
Apr 21, 9:30 AM CEST
SILVER GILT CUP ON PEDESTAL BASE
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €325- €650
€101 Bid
SILVER-GILT TUMBLER
Apr 21, 9:30 AM CEST
SILVER-GILT TUMBLER
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €200- €400
€101 Bid
SILVER TUMBLER, FLAT-BOTTOMED TROPHEE
Apr 21, 9:30 AM CEST
SILVER TUMBLER, FLAT-BOTTOMED TROPHEE
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €750- €1,500
€101 Bid
German Silver Goblet
Apr 23, 10:00 AM CEST
German Silver Goblet
by Deutsch Auktionen
Est: €450- €900
€4501 Bid
DECORATIVE SILVER CUP
Apr 21, 9:30 AM CEST
DECORATIVE SILVER CUP
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €200- €400
€100 Bids
DECORATIVE SILVER CUP
Apr 21, 9:30 AM CEST
DECORATIVE SILVER CUP
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €250- €500
€100 Bids
DECORATIVE SILVER CUP
Apr 21, 9:30 AM CEST
DECORATIVE SILVER CUP
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €150- €300
€100 Bids
DECORATIVE CUP IN SILVER
Apr 21, 9:30 AM CEST
DECORATIVE CUP IN SILVER
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €150- €300
€100 Bids
SILVER WEDDING CUP
Apr 21, 9:30 AM CEST
SILVER WEDDING CUP
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €300- €600
€100 Bids
SILVER CONDIMENT CUP
Apr 21, 9:30 AM CEST
SILVER CONDIMENT CUP
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €350- €700
€100 Bids
SMALL SILVER VODKA TUMBLER
Apr 21, 9:30 AM CEST
SMALL SILVER VODKA TUMBLER
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €145- €290
€100 Bids
Thomas Woolley Birmingham English Silver Plate Goblet Cup, circa 1890
May 05, 10:00 AM PDT
Thomas Woolley Birmingham English Silver Plate Goblet Cup, circa 1890
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $200- $250
$1500 Bids
SET OF (6) GERMAN .800 SILVER LIQUER CUPS
Apr 23, 11:00 AM PDT
SET OF (6) GERMAN .800 SILVER LIQUER CUPS
by Robert Slawinski Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $100- $150
$800 Bids
Großer, außergewöhnlicher Barock-Deckelbecher
Apr 27, 10:30 AM CEST
Großer, außergewöhnlicher Barock-Deckelbecher
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €3,300- €6,600
€3,3000 Bids
Seltener Barock-Schlangenhautbecher
Apr 27, 10:30 AM CEST
Seltener Barock-Schlangenhautbecher
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €2,400- €4,800
€2,4000 Bids
Musealer Renaissance-Deckelpokal
Apr 27, 10:30 AM CEST
Musealer Renaissance-Deckelpokal
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €16,000- €32,000
€16,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Silverplate Cups


Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Hermann Historica GmbH

Hermann Historica GmbH

La Galerie Numismatique

La Galerie Numismatique

Robert Slawinski Auctioneers, Inc.

Robert Slawinski Auctioneers, Inc.