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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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3 Early Items - Sterling Marked Box & 2 Silver Plate Pieces
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
3 Early Items - Sterling Marked Box & 2 Silver Plate Pieces
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$1607 Bids
2 Silver Plated Meat Domes & Mesh Meat Cover
Oct 02, 10:30 AM AEDT
2 Silver Plated Meat Domes & Mesh Meat Cover
by Kerleys Auctions
Est: AUD40- AUD70
AUD1107 Bids
Art Nouveau Anezin Hnos & CIA Silver Plated Centerpiece
Oct 11, 12:00 PM EDT
Art Nouveau Anezin Hnos & CIA Silver Plated Centerpiece
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$1505 Bids
Ottoman Silver Scribe's Case
Oct 06, 12:00 PM EDT
Ottoman Silver Scribe's Case
by Willow Auction House
Est: $500- $700
$3004 Bids
Silver Plated Meat Dome and Serving Dishes Group Lot
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Silver Plated Meat Dome and Serving Dishes Group Lot
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $30- $60
$654 Bids
A silver plate reticulated fish besamim spice box, mid 20th century
Oct 02, 12:00 PM AEDT
A silver plate reticulated fish besamim spice box, mid 20th century
by Gibson's Auctions
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD2604 Bids
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SERVIERPLATTE UND HAUBE MIT LÖWEN WAPPEN WOHL ENGLAND , VERSILBERT . L-40,5 B-33,5 UND HAUBE L-33 B-24CM
Oct 01, 11:00 AM CEST
SERVIERPLATTE UND HAUBE MIT LÖWEN WAPPEN WOHL ENGLAND , VERSILBERT . L-40,5 B-33,5 UND HAUBE L-33 B-24CM
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€603 Bids
Silverplate and Wood Penguin-Form Covered Box, H: 6 1/2 in. (16.51 cm.)
Oct 04, 10:00 AM EDT
Silverplate and Wood Penguin-Form Covered Box, H: 6 1/2 in. (16.51 cm.)
by Weschler's
Est: $20- $40
$153 Bids
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Lot of Eight Silverplate Animal Figure Napkin Rings, circa 1900 Marks: PAIRPOINT
Oct 13, 10:00 AM CDT
Lot of Eight Silverplate Animal Figure Napkin Rings, circa 1900 Marks: PAIRPOINT
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1602 Bids
(10pc) Vintage Silver Plate Servingware
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
(10pc) Vintage Silver Plate Servingware
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
A group of silver and plated wares including candle accessories and a letter opener
Oct 02, 12:00 PM AEDT
A group of silver and plated wares including candle accessories and a letter opener
by Gibson's Auctions
Est: AUD160- AUD200
AUD1202 Bids
A various collection of silver-plated tableware and a silver pan, H 8 - 23 cm
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
A various collection of silver-plated tableware and a silver pan, H 8 - 23 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €200- €400
€1001 Bid
Art Nouveau Embossed Nut/Candy Dish 14.5"
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Art Nouveau Embossed Nut/Candy Dish 14.5"
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $60- $90
$101 Bid
19th C. Aesthetic Chased Silver Plate Tippler
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
19th C. Aesthetic Chased Silver Plate Tippler
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$201 Bid
Assyrian Head Trophy Presentation Pitcher plus Cream & Sugar, 3 pcs
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
Assyrian Head Trophy Presentation Pitcher plus Cream & Sugar, 3 pcs
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $300- $350
$1501 Bid
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Lot of Six Silverplate Animal Figure Napkin Rings, circa 1900 Marks: unmarked (t
Oct 13, 10:00 AM CDT
Lot of Six Silverplate Animal Figure Napkin Rings, circa 1900 Marks: unmarked (t
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
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Lot of Eight Silverplate Animal Figure Napkin Rings, late 19th century Marks: ME
Oct 13, 10:00 AM CDT
Lot of Eight Silverplate Animal Figure Napkin Rings, late 19th century Marks: ME
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1601 Bid
Ravinet D'Enfert silver plated wine cooler
Oct 12, 10:00 AM EDT
Ravinet D'Enfert silver plated wine cooler
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $60- $80
$301 Bid
A silver-plated and gilt 'recipe' cocktail shaker,
Oct 25, 9:30 AM BST
A silver-plated and gilt 'recipe' cocktail shaker,
by Sworders
Est: £600- £800
£4801 Bid
Art Nouveau German Silver Plated Epergne
Oct 11, 12:00 PM EDT
Art Nouveau German Silver Plated Epergne
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
French Silver Plated Bronze Centerpiece
Oct 11, 12:00 PM EDT
French Silver Plated Bronze Centerpiece
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Silverplate - General


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Auktionshalle Cuxhaven

Auktionshalle Cuxhaven

Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions

Hannam's Auctioneers

Hannam's Auctioneers