Auction Report - Silver & Plated Ware, Monday 16th September

Featuring just under 900 lots, Fellows’ auction of Silver & Plated Ware turned out to be an exciting one. A Christopher Dresser tea set stunned all by selling for 15 times its estimate, while an early 20th century German Hanau casket sold for three times its low estimate at £1,100. 




On Monday 16th September Fellows held their quarterly auction of Silver & Plated Ware. Featuring just under 900 lots, this sale included everything from curious novelties to collectible items from celebrated silversmiths, with the auction achieving a final hammer price of just under £140,000.   


Undoubtedly the day’s star lot was a late nineteenth century Elkington & Co. electroplated three piece tea service designed by Christopher Dresser. Considered a pivotal figure in the aesthetic movement, the Victoria & Albert Museum named Dresser as ‘one of the most talented British designers of the 19th century’. The piece was estimated at £500 - £700 but fetched an impressive £8,800 as bidders faced fierce competition from those in the room, online and over the telephones.  


Other highlights from the Victorian period included lot 349 – an electrotype model of the Milton shield which depicted various scenes from John Milton’s poem ‘Paradise Lost’ (£1,600) and lot 362 – a cased silver plated dessert canteen with maker’s mark of Joseph Ridge & Co. (£600).


Lots featuring in the continental section of the sale were also highly sought after. In particular German and Dutch silverware attracted a great deal of attention with lot 451, an early twentieth century German Hanau casket, selling for almost three times its lowest estimate at £1,100. 


Lots 528 and 529, both featured as a pair of silver spoons, were great examples of items that sold well above their scrap value. Collectively, if scrapped, the pieces would fetch less than £100, however on the day they had a combined hammer total of £1,540. 


Finally, lots 775 and 776 surpassed their estimates after bidders frantically fought to take home the fascinating pieces. Lot 775, a George II silver tobacco box with central engraved armorial realised £1,200, whilst lot 776, a William IV silver table snuff box intricately designed as a hunting scene, sold for £2,700.


Fellows’ next auction of Silver & Plated Ware will take place on Monday 9th December. If you would like to consign any items into this auction please contact Naomi Wilson on 0121 212 6302 or email 



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