Fellows Silver & Plated Ware auction – Monday 16th September


To say we have a broad selection of silverware in September’s upcoming auction of Silver & Plated Ware would be somewhat of an understatement. The sale will feature over 800 lots and include collectable pieces from notable names and an impressive selection of antique trinkets and novelties. 






Several pieces with Birmingham connections are offered in the sale. A three piece tea service featured as lot 342 designed by the revered Christopher Dresser for Birmingham-based Elkington & Co shows off the city’s connections with world-famous designers. Considered a pivotal figure in the aesthetic movement, the Victoria & Albert Museum named Christopher Dresser as ‘one of the most talented British designers of the 19th century’. The tea service is beautifully designed, and is estimated at £500 - £700.

Also included are three lots by Matthew Boulton (Lots 45, 339, 341). Boulton was instrumental in petitioning Parliament for the establishment of both the Birmingham and Sheffield assay offices, probably to stop his London competitors from copying his designs when they were sent for assaying!

This sale contains one of the largest novelty sections we have ever offered. A private collection of novelties by Sampson Morden (Lots 583 – 607) are particular highlights. The famed propelling pencil producers were also later known for their intricate and high quality novelties. From elegant cranberry glass scent bottles to beautifully designed silver menu holders, this selection offers collectors a chance to purchase a truly discerning piece. Also in our novelties section is a William IV silver table snuff box (Lot 776), hallmarked Taylor & Perry, Birmingham 1830 it shows off exceptional craftsmanship and is also expected to sell well with an estimate of £500 - £700.

Finally, we have marked out for special attention a number of lots consigned on behalf of the Gumboots Foundation – a charity aiming to address poverty and AIDS related issues in South Africa. The money raised through Lots 157, 207, 244, 335, 366, 488, 489 and 563 will go towards improving education, nutrition, empowerment and well-being in South African communities and any interest will be greatly appreciated.


View the full auction catalogue here


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