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.

Recommended Items at Auction

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Four Piece Sterling Silver Coffee & Tea Set with Plated Tray
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Four Piece Sterling Silver Coffee & Tea Set with Plated Tray
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$47511 Bids
Pair of Christofle Silver Plate Wine Trolleys
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair of Christofle Silver Plate Wine Trolleys
by Stair
Est: $600- $800
$1,0008 Bids
A bag of assorted silver plate jewellery
Oct 19, 6:00 PM AEDT
A bag of assorted silver plate jewellery
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD355 Bids
Antique silver plate five piece tea service by Philip Ashberry & Sons, Sheffield
Oct 18, 7:00 PM AEDT
Antique silver plate five piece tea service by Philip Ashberry & Sons, Sheffield
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD455 Bids
Wilcox Silver Plated 923 Centerpiece Epergne
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Wilcox Silver Plated 923 Centerpiece Epergne
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $100- $200
$1754 Bids
Very Large Lot of Miscellaneous Silverplated Items
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Very Large Lot of Miscellaneous Silverplated Items
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
WWII GERMAN THIRD REICH GERMAN SILVER PLATE BAR
Oct 21, 9:00 AM EDT
WWII GERMAN THIRD REICH GERMAN SILVER PLATE BAR
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $20- $60
$303 Bids
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VICTORIAN SILVERPLATE MOUNTED OAK TANTALUS, 19 C.
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
VICTORIAN SILVERPLATE MOUNTED OAK TANTALUS, 19 C.
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$2503 Bids
Luke silver plate cutlery setting for eight ''Celebrity''
Oct 18, 7:00 PM AEDT
Luke silver plate cutlery setting for eight ''Celebrity''
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD303 Bids
Antique silver plated oval lidded biscuit barrel, 23cm H x 15cm W
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Antique silver plated oval lidded biscuit barrel, 23cm H x 15cm W
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD503 Bids
Antique silver plate casket form potpourri, approx 14cm H x 19cm W
Oct 31, 4:00 PM AEDT
Antique silver plate casket form potpourri, approx 14cm H x 19cm W
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD303 Bids
Antique silver plate and glass cruet set, stand 22 cm wide (8.66 in.)
Oct 18, 7:00 PM AEDT
Antique silver plate and glass cruet set, stand 22 cm wide (8.66 in.)
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD302 Bids
Christofle French Silver Plate Bread Tray SET (14)
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Christofle French Silver Plate Bread Tray SET (14)
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1002 Bids
Antique Silver Plated Articles Estate Collection
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Silver Plated Articles Estate Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$52 Bids
Christofle French Silver Plated Escargot Service
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Christofle French Silver Plated Escargot Service
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$502 Bids
Selection of estate silver plated items, cruet and stand, nips, frame etc
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Selection of estate silver plated items, cruet and stand, nips, frame etc
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD202 Bids
Silver Plate Serving Pieces, Queen Art, Monarch
Oct 17, 11:00 AM MST
Silver Plate Serving Pieces, Queen Art, Monarch
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Mid Century Silver Plated Polar Bear Cocktail Shaker
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Mid Century Silver Plated Polar Bear Cocktail Shaker
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$402 Bids
Grouping of Five Silver-Plated Candle Holders
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Grouping of Five Silver-Plated Candle Holders
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $150- $250
$301 Bid
Silver Plated Irregularly Shaped Box
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Silver Plated Irregularly Shaped Box
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $40- $100
$11 Bid
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LOT OF 2 MID-CENTURY DANSK SILVERPLATE ANIMALS
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
LOT OF 2 MID-CENTURY DANSK SILVERPLATE ANIMALS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Los Castillo Mexican Silver Plated Malachite Bird Pitcher
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Los Castillo Mexican Silver Plated Malachite Bird Pitcher
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$401 Bid
Large Lot of Silverplate Serving Pieces and Tableware
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Large Lot of Silverplate Serving Pieces and Tableware
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Lot of Silverplate including Gorham
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of Silverplate including Gorham
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Silverplate - General


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Chiswick Auctions

Chiswick Auctions

Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd

Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd

John Nicholsons Fine Art Auctioneer & Valuer

John Nicholsons Fine Art Auctioneer & Valuer