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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Ornate antique silver plate spectacle case
Oct 18, 7:00 PM AEDT
Ornate antique silver plate spectacle case
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD303 Bids
An Art Nouveau Lunt sterling silver charger
Oct 17, 9:30 AM PDT
An Art Nouveau Lunt sterling silver charger
by Clars Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$3503 Bids
STERLING Silver Pierced Dish With Handle
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
STERLING Silver Pierced Dish With Handle
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $80
$402 Bids
Antique Sterling Silver Plate w Handle
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Sterling Silver Plate w Handle
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $20- $200
$302 Bids
A Johan Rohde for Georg Jensen Silver Acorn Pattern Pepper Mill and Underplate
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A Johan Rohde for Georg Jensen Silver Acorn Pattern Pepper Mill and Underplate
by Hindman
Est: $500- $700
$252 Bids
A Kalo Arts & Crafts Silver Dish
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A Kalo Arts & Crafts Silver Dish
by Hindman
Est: $400- $600
$251 Bid
A Large Falick Novick Arts & Crafts Silver Serving Platter
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A Large Falick Novick Arts & Crafts Silver Serving Platter
by Hindman
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$251 Bid
Silver Plated, Blue Topaz and Diamond Pendant
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Silver Plated, Blue Topaz and Diamond Pendant
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$201 Bid
Antique Emp Plate Sterling Silver Frame, Mexico
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Emp Plate Sterling Silver Frame, Mexico
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $200
$11 Bid
A Set of Twelve American Silver Bread Plates
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A Set of Twelve American Silver Bread Plates
by Hindman
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$251 Bid
12 Sterling Bread Plates. Diameter 6 ¼” 66oz. Troy With Conjoined Monogram on the rim.
Oct 19, 4:00 PM EDT
12 Sterling Bread Plates. Diameter 6 ¼” 66oz. Troy With Conjoined Monogram on the rim.
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
A Pair of Porter Blanchard Silver Chargers
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A Pair of Porter Blanchard Silver Chargers
by Hindman
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$251 Bid
6 GORHAM STERLING OLD FRENCH BREAD & BUTTER
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
6 GORHAM STERLING OLD FRENCH BREAD & BUTTER
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $500- $550
$51 Bid
Alphonse Debain French Silver Scalloped Rim Dish
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Alphonse Debain French Silver Scalloped Rim Dish
by Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1750 Bids
DUE PIATTI - TWO DISH
Oct 22, 6:30 PM CEST
DUE PIATTI - TWO DISH
by Galleria Sarno
Est: €800- €1,000
€4000 Bids
A Gustavsberg 'Argenta' dish,
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
A Gustavsberg 'Argenta' dish,
by Sworders
Est: £100- £150
£800 Bids
A pair of Art Deco silver dishes,
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
A pair of Art Deco silver dishes,
by Sworders
Est: £150- £200
£1200 Bids
An Art Deco silver dish,
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
An Art Deco silver dish,
by Sworders
Est: £150- £250
£1200 Bids
Devotional image, Tibet, around 1900, copper plate with
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
Devotional image, Tibet, around 1900, copper plate with
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €180- €360
€1600 Bids
11 Sterling Silver Bread & Butter Plates, incl. Lord Saybrook
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
11 Sterling Silver Bread & Butter Plates, incl. Lord Saybrook
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $600- $700
$3000 Bids
Großer Silberteller, 1950er Jahre
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CEST
Großer Silberteller, 1950er Jahre
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €480- €520
€3300 Bids
10 American Sterling Plates
Oct 21, 12:00 PM EDT
10 American Sterling Plates
by Willow Auction House
Est: $400- $500
$2000 Bids
FOUR DIFFERENT SILVER PLATES
Oct 19, 3:30 PM CEST
FOUR DIFFERENT SILVER PLATES
by Casa d'aste ARCADIA
Est: €350- €400
€3000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Sterling Silver Plates


Hindman

Hindman

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Auktionshaus Plückbaum

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Subastas Segre

Il Ponte Auction House

Il Ponte Auction House