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Silverplate - General

Silverplating refers to a process by which a thin layer of silver covers another usually less expensive metal that serves as the base. Examples of objects that are frequently silverplated include trays, silverware, candlesticks, pitchers, and tureens. While some silverplate objects are pure silver and others are forged from a variety of different alloys, the most common base is copper.

Thomas Boulsover of the Sheffield Cutlers Company developed the technique of silverplating in 1743. He found that virtually any object that had been manufactured from sterling silver could be replicated using silverplating at a fraction of the cost. Boulsover began by manufacturing buttons that consisted of a paper-thin layer of silver applied to the surface of a copper ingot and eventually expanded into a range of items including trays, tankers, and mugs.

While the Sheffield plating technique is still employed to manufacture objects that are subject to heavy wear and tear, the electroplating process is most commonly used today. This process of silverplating, developed by the legendary silversmith George Elkington, allows the maker to apply an even thinner layer than the Sheffield technique and produces a more lustrous finish. Silverplate allows collectors to enjoy all of the beauty of silver at a much more affordable price point.

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A Silver Plated Jewellery Box
Feb 24, 10:00 AM AEDT
A Silver Plated Jewellery Box
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD355 Bids
A pair of Louis Philippe silverplate six light candleabra, mid 19th century
Feb 28, 10:00 AM PST
A pair of Louis Philippe silverplate six light candleabra, mid 19th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$3504 Bids
An assembled eight piece German silver condiment set, probably Hanau, early 20th century
Feb 28, 10:00 AM PST
An assembled eight piece German silver condiment set, probably Hanau, early 20th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$8504 Bids
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2pc Silver Breakfast Biscuit Warmer & Toast Rack
Feb 25, 12:00 PM EST
2pc Silver Breakfast Biscuit Warmer & Toast Rack
by Neely Auction
Est: $100- $200
$503 Bids
800 Silver Dutch Colonial European Dresser Box
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
800 Silver Dutch Colonial European Dresser Box
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$303 Bids
Victorian Blue Glass and Silverplate Epergne
Feb 23, 9:30 AM EST
Victorian Blue Glass and Silverplate Epergne
by Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $200- $400
$1003 Bids
Three Victorian silverplate table caskets, late 19th century
Feb 28, 10:00 AM PST
Three Victorian silverplate table caskets, late 19th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$1003 Bids
CHAUFFE-PLAT NEO-CLASSIQUE, 19ème SIECLE
Feb 28, 10:30 AM CET
CHAUFFE-PLAT NEO-CLASSIQUE, 19ème SIECLE
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €750- €1,500
€202 Bids
BOÎTE OVALE, ALLEMAGNE
Feb 28, 10:30 AM CET
BOÎTE OVALE, ALLEMAGNE
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €100- €200
€102 Bids
HANAU SILVER NAPOLEON CREAM JUG
Feb 23, 11:00 AM EST
HANAU SILVER NAPOLEON CREAM JUG
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $400
$1252 Bids
CARTIER Ensemble de six objets de bureau
Feb 28, 10:30 AM CET
CARTIER Ensemble de six objets de bureau
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €500- €1,000
€202 Bids
Emilia Castillo Silver Plate Iguana 28" Floor Vase
Feb 28, 12:00 PM EST
Emilia Castillo Silver Plate Iguana 28" Floor Vase
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1002 Bids
MIRACOLI, MILAN Suite de 16 assiettes à pain
Feb 28, 10:30 AM CET
MIRACOLI, MILAN Suite de 16 assiettes à pain
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €800- €1,600
€202 Bids
Eighteen objects of vertu
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
Eighteen objects of vertu
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $400- $500
$2202 Bids
Large Lot of Silverplate
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Large Lot of Silverplate
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Pair of Glass & Silver Master Salt Cellars
Mar 01, 11:00 AM EST
Pair of Glass & Silver Master Salt Cellars
by Nest Egg Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
SUITE DE 3 PLATS DE SERVICE, FRANCE
Feb 28, 10:30 AM CET
SUITE DE 3 PLATS DE SERVICE, FRANCE
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €1,000- €2,000
€101 Bid
A six piece group of German silver tableware, various makers, late 19th-20th century
Feb 28, 10:00 AM PST
A six piece group of German silver tableware, various makers, late 19th-20th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
Victorian Repousse Silver Plated Dining Table Plateau Collection
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Victorian Repousse Silver Plated Dining Table Plateau Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
MIRACOLI, MILAN Suite de 10 assiettes à pain
Feb 28, 10:30 AM CET
MIRACOLI, MILAN Suite de 10 assiettes à pain
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €400- €800
€101 Bid
Large WMF Silver Plated And Glass Stein
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Large WMF Silver Plated And Glass Stein
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid
ARGENTERIE, ANGLETERRE
Feb 28, 10:30 AM CET
ARGENTERIE, ANGLETERRE
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €70- €140
€101 Bid

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