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Sterling Silver Plates

Sterling plates are a beautiful way to serve hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and more. They also add a decorative flourish to any room, as sterling plates are often prized for their beautiful luster.

Some sterling plates feature detailed engravings that often include complex geometric and floral designs, animal motifs, and monograms. A sterling plate adorned with a picture of a quail or pointing dog may be the perfect addition to a hunting cabin, while an antique English plate with Roccoco finishes adds a formal touch to any dining room. But while many examples of decorative sterling plates exist, sterling plates are traditionally among the least decorated of all sterling objects. They were typically used for transporting the porcelain dishes used for dining.

While 18th and 19th-century examples of sterling plates abound from England, American ones are more difficult to obtain as the cost to produce them was high and the demand low. Fletcher & Gardiner, a silversmith shop based in Philadelphia, is one of the most-esteemed producers from this time period, though there were many excellent creators of sterling plates during this time period.


Quick Facts

  • In 2014, Christie’s sold a set of 12 Tiffany & Co. dessert plates for more than $10,000
  • Kirk & Sons early-American sterling plates are among the most expensive, with sets of 12 worth upwards of $25,000
  • The discovery of the Comstock lode of silver in Nevada in 1859 made the price of silver less expensive and sterling plates accessible to a wider proportion of the population

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Vintage Towle Sterling Silver Plate
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Towle Sterling Silver Plate
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$1203 Bids
Peruvian 900 Silver Charger w/ Coat of Arms
Sep 28, 10:00 AM CDT
Peruvian 900 Silver Charger w/ Coat of Arms
by Revere Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1252 Bids
A silver plate, with inscription, 17th/18thC, H 4,2 - ø 34 - total weight: 870 g
Oct 04, 10:00 AM CEST
A silver plate, with inscription, 17th/18thC, H 4,2 - ø 34 - total weight: 870 g
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €600- €1,000
€4001 Bid
Shreve Crump & Low Sterling Silver Tankard & Plate
Sep 28, 10:00 AM CDT
Shreve Crump & Low Sterling Silver Tankard & Plate
by Revere Auctions
Est: $300- $600
$1501 Bid
Twelve Spanish silver bread plates 20th C
Sep 29, 5:00 PM CEST
Twelve Spanish silver bread plates 20th C
by Duran Arte y Subastas
Est: €0- €0
€4500 Bids
6-piece set of silver plates.
Oct 11, 10:00 AM CEST
6-piece set of silver plates.
by Veilinghuis de Ruiter
Est: €350- €600
€3400 Bids
Showpiece plate silver.
Oct 11, 10:00 AM CEST
Showpiece plate silver.
by Veilinghuis de Ruiter
Est: €1,000- €2,000
€1,0000 Bids
Lot of Spanish silver law 916.
Sep 29, 5:00 PM CEST
Lot of Spanish silver law 916.
by Ansorena
Est: €120- €160
€800 Bids
2 Silberteller / 2 silver plates, A. Würth, Wien, 1816
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
2 Silberteller / 2 silver plates, A. Würth, Wien, 1816
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €1,000- €2,000
€1,0000 Bids
Silberteller / A silver plate, Louis Manaut, Paris, 1829-1839
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Silberteller / A silver plate, Louis Manaut, Paris, 1829-1839
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €420- €840
€4200 Bids
Wachtelplatte / Plate à cailles / A silver quail plate, Jean Jacques Delaroche, Paris, 1746
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Wachtelplatte / Plate à cailles / A silver quail plate, Jean Jacques Delaroche, Paris, 1746
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €1,200- €2,400
€1,2000 Bids
Ovale Platte / An oval silver plate, Henri Auguste, Paris, 1798-1809
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Ovale Platte / An oval silver plate, Henri Auguste, Paris, 1798-1809
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €900- €1,800
€9000 Bids
Silberteller / A silver plate, wohl Schweiz, Anfang 20. Jh.
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Silberteller / A silver plate, wohl Schweiz, Anfang 20. Jh.
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €140- €280
€1400 Bids
Silberteller / A silver plate, Frankreich, 1819-38
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Silberteller / A silver plate, Frankreich, 1819-38
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €90- €180
€900 Bids
Barocke Schauplatte / A Baroque silver plate, Augsburg, um 1690
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Barocke Schauplatte / A Baroque silver plate, Augsburg, um 1690
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €1,100- €2,200
€1,1000 Bids
Round Silver Plate | Runder Silberteller
Oct 14, 4:00 PM CEST
Round Silver Plate | Runder Silberteller
by Amadeus Auction
Est: €800- €1,000
€3400 Bids
Oval Silver Plate | Ovaler Silberteller
Oct 14, 4:00 PM CEST
Oval Silver Plate | Ovaler Silberteller
by Amadeus Auction
Est: €500- €700
€2000 Bids
Silver Plate | Silberteller
Oct 14, 4:00 PM CEST
Silver Plate | Silberteller
by Amadeus Auction
Est: €300- €400
€1200 Bids
2 Silver Plates | 2 Silberteller
Oct 14, 4:00 PM CEST
2 Silver Plates | 2 Silberteller
by Amadeus Auction
Est: €300- €400
€1800 Bids
Silver Plate Round | Silberteller rund
Oct 14, 4:00 PM CEST
Silver Plate Round | Silberteller rund
by Amadeus Auction
Est: €100- €200
€500 Bids
A hand hammered sterling plate w/ silver coin
Oct 05, 2:00 PM PDT
A hand hammered sterling plate w/ silver coin
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $250
$800 Bids
stel Deense zilveren kinderbordjes met decor van kat en muis, anno 1959 en 1960, meester C.M. Cohr,
Oct 05, 7:00 PM CEST
stel Deense zilveren kinderbordjes met decor van kat en muis, anno 1959 en 1960, meester C.M. Cohr,
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €300- €500
€3000 Bids
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A set of twelve French silver-gilt plates, Tobias Ludwig Krug, Strasburg, 1768
Oct 14, 11:00 AM CEST
A set of twelve French silver-gilt plates, Tobias Ludwig Krug, Strasburg, 1768
by Sotheby's
Est: €40,000- €60,000
€40,0000 Bids
The Kalo Shop Sterling Silver Hand Wrought Service Plate
Oct 02, 10:00 AM PDT
The Kalo Shop Sterling Silver Hand Wrought Service Plate
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $600- $800
$4500 Bids

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