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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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Anglo-Indian Engraved Silverplate Tub Bottle Cooler/Cistern, L 20 1/2 in. (52.1 cm.)
May 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Anglo-Indian Engraved Silverplate Tub Bottle Cooler/Cistern, L 20 1/2 in. (52.1 cm.)
by Weschler's
Est: $40- $60
$22510 Bids
TWO EDWARDIAN SILVER PLATE COIN HOLDERS
May 23, 3:30 PM AEST
TWO EDWARDIAN SILVER PLATE COIN HOLDERS
by Lawsons
Est: AUD70- AUD100
AUD1007 Bids
George Sharp Philadelphia Victorian Silver Plated Centerpiece
May 31, 1:00 PM EDT
George Sharp Philadelphia Victorian Silver Plated Centerpiece
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1204 Bids
A silver plated drink suite including jug (H:27cm) and twelve goblets
May 23, 1:00 PM AEST
A silver plated drink suite including jug (H:27cm) and twelve goblets
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD353 Bids
TWO VINTAGE METAL SOVEREIGN CASES
May 23, 3:30 PM AEST
TWO VINTAGE METAL SOVEREIGN CASES
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD140
AUD303 Bids
A collection of Strachan silver plated coasters (Dia:20cm-largest)
May 23, 1:00 PM AEST
A collection of Strachan silver plated coasters (Dia:20cm-largest)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD253 Bids
Antique Silver W.G & S Maker Water Pitcher
May 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Antique Silver W.G & S Maker Water Pitcher
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$553 Bids
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ANTIQUE SILVER PLATE JEWELLERY CASKET WITH STAG HANDLES AND GREEN VELVET LINING
May 23, 9:00 AM AEST
ANTIQUE SILVER PLATE JEWELLERY CASKET WITH STAG HANDLES AND GREEN VELVET LINING
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD303 Bids
A silver plated food dome, Height 18cm x Width 31cm x Depth 23.5cm
Jun 02, 5:00 PM AEST
A silver plated food dome, Height 18cm x Width 31cm x Depth 23.5cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD303 Bids
CLARA PFEFFER (19-20ÈME SIÈCLE) ELÉGANTE JARDINIÈRE D'ÉPOQUE ART-NOUVEAU
May 29, 2:00 PM CEST
CLARA PFEFFER (19-20ÈME SIÈCLE) ELÉGANTE JARDINIÈRE D'ÉPOQUE ART-NOUVEAU
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €100- €200
€102 Bids
Four little centers in Spanish silver 20th century.
May 29, 5:00 PM CEST
Four little centers in Spanish silver 20th century.
by Duran Arte y Subastas
Est: €0- €0
€1802 Bids
TRAVAIL ITALIEN
Jun 03, 3:00 PM CEST
TRAVAIL ITALIEN
by Tajan
Est: €400- €600
€3402 Bids
A VINTAGE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN THEME ENAMELLED SILVER CIGARELLO CUTTER
May 23, 3:30 PM AEST
A VINTAGE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN THEME ENAMELLED SILVER CIGARELLO CUTTER
by Lawsons
Est: AUD350- AUD450
AUD302 Bids
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PAIR OF ANTIQUE LATE VICTORIAN PLATED CHERUB NAPKIN RINGS
May 23, 9:00 AM AEST
PAIR OF ANTIQUE LATE VICTORIAN PLATED CHERUB NAPKIN RINGS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD202 Bids
A silver-plated trinket box decorated with floral motifs (W:12cm)
May 23, 1:00 PM AEST
A silver-plated trinket box decorated with floral motifs (W:12cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD202 Bids
A tall silver plated samovar with ivory finial
Jun 02, 5:00 PM AEST
A tall silver plated samovar with ivory finial
by Lawsons
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD602 Bids
Silber-Tabatiere mit Seefahrer- und Jagdmotiv
May 24, 3:00 PM CEST
Silber-Tabatiere mit Seefahrer- und Jagdmotiv
by Wettmann
Est: €400- €0
€4002 Bids
Collection of Silverplate and Brass Table Articles
May 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Collection of Silverplate and Brass Table Articles
by Weschler's
Est: $30- $50
$202 Bids
A FINE AND RARE PAIR OF LARGE 18TH CENTURY GEORGE III SILVER GILT REPOUSSE DISHES by Daniel Smith &
May 22, 11:00 AM BST
A FINE AND RARE PAIR OF LARGE 18TH CENTURY GEORGE III SILVER GILT REPOUSSE DISHES by Daniel Smith &
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £2,500- £3,000
£2,0002 Bids
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ANTIQUE VICTORIAN SILVER PLATE DOME TOP WARMER
May 23, 9:00 AM AEST
ANTIQUE VICTORIAN SILVER PLATE DOME TOP WARMER
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD252 Bids

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