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Michelsen for Royal Copenhagen, "Flora Danica" Dinner Spoon, Gold-Plated Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Michelsen for Royal Copenhagen. "Flora Danica" dinner spoon of gold plated sterling silver. Porcelain handle decorated in colors and gold with flowers. In very good condition. Stam...
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20th Century Danish Neoclassical Porcelain

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Sterling Silver

Michelsen for Royal Copenhagen, "Flora Danica" Dinner Spoon, Gold-Plated Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Michelsen for Royal Copenhagen. "Flora Danica" dinner spoon of gold plated sterling silver. Porcelain handle decorated in colors and gold with flowers. In very good condition. Stam...
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20th Century Danish Neoclassical Porcelain

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Sterling Silver

Sake Tampo, Set of 3 Silver Cups by UMÉ Studio
By UMÉ Studio
Located in Oakland, CA
This set of cups is inspired by traditional Japanese sake warmers called “Sake Tampo”. Its precious proportions, details and material associates any drink to a feeling of utmost s...
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2010s American Minimalist Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Sterling Kiddush Cup and Plate
By Antik Sterling
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Unlike the conventional hammered design found on sterling silver hollowware this pattern is new and different. More like an alligator print, the hammering on this set is oval in shap...
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2010s Italian Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Piedmont by Buccellati Italy Silver Plated Flatware Set Service 28 Pcs Dinner
By Mario Buccellati
Located in Big Bend, WI
Dinner size Piedmont by Buccellati Italy silver plated flatware set of 28 pieces. This set includes: Four dinner size knives, 9 7/8", four dinner size forks, 8 1/4", four s...
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20th Century Tableware

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Sterling Silver

Pampaloni Italian Sterling Silver Wine Cooler Ribbed with Leaf Design (#3056)
By Pampaloni
Located in Big Bend, WI
Modern Pampaloni Italian sterling silver wine cooler that is ribbed and features a leaf design. This piece measures 7 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 7 3/4", and it weighs 28.1 troy ounces. It is no...
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20th Century Italian Wine Coolers

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Silver Plate

Consulat by Puiforcat France Silverplate Flatware Set Service 117 Pcs Dinner
By Jean Puiforcat
Located in Big Bend, WI
The Parisian silversmith Puiforcat is regarded as one of the legendary names in European silver craftsmanship. Inspired by cutlery designed by silversmith Franasois-Thomas Germain in...
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20th Century Tableware

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Silver Plate

Antique George III Sterling Silver Plate
By William Pitts & Joseph Preedy
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique George III English sterling silver plate; an addition to our ornamental Georgian silverware collection This exceptional George III ster...
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Antique 1790s English George III Dinner Plates

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Antique American Sterling Silver Plate, circa 1929
By S. Kirk & Sons
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive, large antique American sterling silver plate; an addition to our dining silverware collection This exceptional American sterling silver plate ...
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Vintage 1920s American Art Deco Dinner Plates

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Set of 12 Fabulous Renaissance Sterling Silver Plates by Tiffany
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Set of 12 Renaissance-Revival sterling silver service plates. Made by historic Tiffany & Co. in New York. Each: circular with deep well. Raised ornament includes strapwork and rosett...
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Early 20th Century American Renaissance Revival Dinner Plates

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Sterling Silver

Set of Twelve Georgian Silver-Gilt Plates
Located in New York, NY
With the Royal Badge of George III. Marked: London, 1808. Maker: Robert and Samuel Hennell.
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Antique Early 1800s English Dinner Plates

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Silver

Twelve Georgian Silver Dinner Plates by Wright
By Charles Wright
Located in London, GB
Manufactured in 1782 by the accomplished English silversmith Charles Wright, this set of twelve silver dinner plates is of superb quality. Each plate is largely circular, though the ...
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Antique 1780s English George III Dinner Plates

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Silver

Chrysanthemum Sterling Silver Dinner Plates by Tiffany & Co
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New Orleans, LA
This beautifully crafted set of eight sterling silver dinner plates features the highly regarded Chrysanthemum pattern. Made by Tiffany & Co., each plate is masterfully executed, fro...
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20th Century American Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Sterling Silver

Ten Gorham Sterling Silver and Crystal Plates, circa 1910
Located in New York, NY
In the Art Nouveau "Athenic" pattern.
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Vintage 1910s American Dinner Plates

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Silver

Royal Chrysanthemum Silver Gilt Salad Plates by Tiffany & Co.
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New Orleans, LA
This exceptionally rare set of 8 silver gilt salad plates by Tiffany & Co. is crafted in the renowned firm’s Chrysanthemum pattern. Each plate is skillfully chased with blooms of chr...
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20th Century American Art Nouveau Dinner Plates

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Set of Six Sterling Silver Overlay Service Dinner Plates
By Lenox's Ceramic Art Company
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A set of elegant sterling silver overlay service plates with the pre-1930 Lenox green mark. This opulent set is early 20th century, circa 1915 in an Edwardian pattern of a thick ster...
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Early 20th Century American Edwardian Dinner Plates

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Sterling Silver

Set of Twelve Sterling Silver-Gilt Dessert Plates, circa 1900
Located in New York, NY
With open work silver decoration. Maker: Howard And Co.
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Antique Early 1900s American Dinner Plates

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Silver

Set of Six Sterling Silver Overlay Service Dinner Plates
By Lenox's Ceramic Art Company
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A set of elegant sterling silver overlay service plates with the pre-1930 Lenox green mark. This opulent set is early 20th century, circa 1915 in an Edwardian pattern of a thick ster...
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Early 20th Century American Edwardian Dinner Plates

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Sterling Silver

Set of Six Sterling Silver Overlay Service Dinner Plates
By Lenox's Ceramic Art Company
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A set of elegant sterling silver overlay service plates with the pre-1930 Lenox green mark. This opulent set is early 20th century, circa 1915 in an Edwardian pattern of a thick ster...
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Early 20th Century American Edwardian Dinner Plates

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Sterling Silver

Assembled Set of 19 Open-Work Silver Gilt Plates, circa 1880
Located in New York, NY
Comprising 11 German plates circa 1880, 5 English silver Victorian plates, 3 Georgian silver plates. Each centered with an identical crest with motto 'Prompte Et Certe' surrounded by...
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Antique 1880s Dinner Plates

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Silver

Set of 12 Gorham Portsmouth Sterling Silver Bread and Butter Plates
Located in New York, NY
Set of 12 sterling silver bread-and-butter plates in Portsmouth pattern. Made by Gorham in Providence, 1919-1920. Each: well bordered by engraved ornament: Two scrolled cartouches (v...
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Early 20th Century American Edwardian Dinner Plates

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Sterling Silver

Set of 12 Art Deco Sterling Silver Bread & Butter Plates by Blackinton
By R. Blackinton & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Set of 12 Art Deco sterling silver bread and butter plates. Made by Blackinton in North Attleboro, Mass., ca. 1930. Each: circular well. Rim is scalloped with scrolls engraved on tre...
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Early 20th Century American Art Deco Dinner Plates

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Sterling Silver

12 Minton Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Overlay Service or Dinner Plates
By Minton
Located in Great Barrington, MA
This set of 12 Minton service plates is a rare example of Minton's sterling silver overlay. Most silver overlay was made by other porcelain manufacturers and these were surely a cust...
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Early 20th Century British Dinner Plates

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Paste, Porcelain

Fancy Sterling Silver Bread and Butter Plates by Graff, Washbourne & Dunn
By Bailey, Banks & Biddle, Graff, Washbourne & Dunn
Located in New York, NY
Set of 10 sterling silver bread-and-butter plates. Made by Graff, Washbourne & Dunn in New York, ca. 1910. Each: plate has well with chased and repousse geometric ornament. Scrolls f...
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Early 20th Century American Late Victorian Dinner Plates

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Sterling Silver

Set of 12 Gorham Sterling Silver Bread and Butter Plates with Fancy Scrolls
Located in New York, NY
Set of 12 sterling silver bread-and-butter plates. Made by Gorham in Providence in 1907. Each: fancy rim with alternating C-scroll and ogee arch. Script monogram in well. Hallmark in...
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Early 20th Century American Edwardian Dinner Plates

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Sterling Silver

Antique George III Pair of Sterling Silver Second Course Dishes
By Robert Sharp
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive pair of antique Georgian English sterling silver second course dishes, an addition to our dining silverware collection. These exceptional antiq...
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Antique Early 1800s English George III Dinner Plates

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Excellent Set of Six Silver Underplates Allesandria near Turin Italy circa 1970
Located in Vienna, AT
Italian Silver Excellent Set of Six Underplates of Stunning Elegance. (S268) - the plates have smooth surface Italy / Allesandria near Turin, made circa 1970 Hallmarked: SIL...
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Vintage 1970s French Dinner Plates

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Sterling Silver

Antique American Cut Glass and Sterling Silver Ice Bucket
By Wilcox Silver Plate Co.
Located in New York, NY
Turn-of-the-century cut glass and sterling silver ice bucket. Made by Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (a division of International) in Meriden, Conn. Round clear glass with band of stylized ...
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Early 20th Century American Edwardian Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Silver Plated Coin Dish
Located in Cookeville, TN
Offering this silver plated coin dish. The coin is from 1916, and is 20 Piastres. Has one rubbed spot on the front. Beautiful craftsmanship went into this piece.
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20th Century Turkish Other Sterling Silver

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Silver Plate, Copper

  • Silver Plated Coin Dish
  • Silver Plated Coin Dish
  • Silver Plated Coin Dish
  • Silver Plated Coin Dish
H .38 in. Dm 3.5 in.
Pair of American Brilliant-Cut Glass and Sterling Silver Berry Bowls
By Wilcox Silver Plate Co., International Silver
Located in New York, NY
Pair of turn of the century American brilliant-cut glass bowls with sterling silver collar. Made by Wilcox (a division of International) in Meriden, Conn. Each: Curved with fans and ...
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Early 20th Century American Edwardian Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Set of 12 Antique International Wedgwood Sterling Silver Dinner Plates
By International Silver
Located in New York, NY
Set of 12 sterling silver dinner plates in Wedgwood pattern, ca 1920. Made by International in Meriden, Conn., ca 1920. Each: plain well bordered by Neoclassical ornament, including ...
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Early 20th Century English Neoclassical Revival Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Christian Dior Silver Plated Ice Bucket
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
This ultra chic ice bucket by Christian Dior features a unique design in silver plate with "CD" logo on lid handle. It is stamped Christian Dior Paris on the bottom. Companion win...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Sterling Silver

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Silver

  • Christian Dior Silver Plated Ice Bucket
  • Christian Dior Silver Plated Ice Bucket
  • Christian Dior Silver Plated Ice Bucket
  • Christian Dior Silver Plated Ice Bucket
H 7.5 in. W 9.5 in. D 6.5 in.
Set of 12 International Prelude Sterling Silver Bread and Butter Plates
By International Silver
Located in New York, NY
Set of 12 sterling silver bread-and-butter plates in Prelude pattern. Made by International in Meriden, Conn. Each: plain well. Rim has repousse flowers and scrolls. Hallmark include...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Lunt Cake Plate
By Lunt Silver
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The perfect size for a pie or cake, its flat surface is ideal for serving. Soft etching of flowers, garlands and latticework encircle the rim. In the center, a cartouche awaits your ...
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Vintage 1940s American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

  • Lunt Cake Plate
  • Lunt Cake Plate
  • Lunt Cake Plate
  • Lunt Cake Plate
H 2.5 in. Dm 10 in.
Edwardian Silver Plated Candelabra, 20th Century
Located in London, GB
An early 20th century Edwardian silver plated two branch candelabra by Walker & Hall. The candelabra comprises a candlestick with an oval serpentine shaped base and a tapering ste...
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Early 20th Century European Sterling Silver

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Silver Plate

  • Edwardian Silver Plated Candelabra, 20th Century
  • Edwardian Silver Plated Candelabra, 20th Century
  • Edwardian Silver Plated Candelabra, 20th Century
  • Edwardian Silver Plated Candelabra, 20th Century
H 14.18 in. W 13.78 in. D 3.94 in.
Fabulous Indonesian Yogya-Silver Plate
Located in Amsterdam, NL
An Indonesian Yogya-silver plate Yogyakarta or Kotagede, 1935-1940, marked, (alloy) 800 and maker’s mark PH (Prawirohardjo, act. from 1935) Diam. 27.2 cm Weight 454 grams Th...
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Early 20th Century Indonesian Art Deco Sterling Silver

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Silver

La Paglia by International Sterling Silver Dessert Plate Set of 6-Piece #139-88
By International Silver
Located in Big Bend, WI
La Paglia by International Marvelous La Paglia by International sterling silver dessert plate set of six. The plates feature a pierced border of modern stylized blossoms. The dess...
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20th Century American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

A Spanish 19th Century Silver Plated Crucifix
Located in Armadale, Victoria
Each crossbar with floral band terminating in foliated cartouche centred with portrait of one of the four Evangelists; Matthew with angel, Mark with lion, Luke with ox and John with ...
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Antique 19th Century Spanish Renaissance Sterling Silver

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Silver

  • A Spanish 19th Century Silver Plated Crucifix
  • A Spanish 19th Century Silver Plated Crucifix
  • A Spanish 19th Century Silver Plated Crucifix
  • A Spanish 19th Century Silver Plated Crucifix
H 27.56 in. W 12.01 in. D 5.12 in.
Set of Six Antique American Edwardian Sterling Silver Dinner Plates
By Barbour Silver Co.
Located in New York, NY
Set of six Edwardian sterling silver chargers, circa 1910. Each: plain well and shaped curvilinear rim with garlands, palmettes, and scrolls between guilloche borders. Hallmarked Bar...
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Early 20th Century American Edwardian Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

12 Art Deco Antique Chargers / Set, Copper, Sterling and Brass, Mexico
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare and hand chased set of 12 presentation plates and one serving platter. Hall marked and dated 1915 for Mexico City and signed E.M. A very heavy and high quality set designed wi...
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Vintage 1910s Mexican Art Deco Dinner Plates

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Sterling Silver, Brass, Copper

Pierced Sterling Footed Plate
By International Silver
Located in High Point, NC
Sterling silver pierced footed cake plate with markings on back and a lovely hand etched wreath surrounding single S monogram. The mark appears to be International Silver Company.
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Mid-20th Century American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

  • Pierced Sterling Footed Plate
  • Pierced Sterling Footed Plate
  • Pierced Sterling Footed Plate
  • Pierced Sterling Footed Plate
H 1.25 in. Dm 9.75 in.
Sterling Sandwich Plate, circa 1936
By International Silver
Located in High Point, NC
Sterling sandwich plate by International Silver, in the Courtship pattern, circa 1936. Engraved letter L in the center. Model number H280 and stamped on the back.
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Vintage 1930s American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

  • Sterling Sandwich Plate, circa 1936
  • Sterling Sandwich Plate, circa 1936
  • Sterling Sandwich Plate, circa 1936
  • Sterling Sandwich Plate, circa 1936
H 1 in. W 10 in. D 10 in.
Silver Plated Jardinière, Late 19th Century French
Located in Lantau, HK
Silver plated jardinière, late 19th century French Exquisite decoration piece for any indoor plants, beautiful artwork kept in excellent condition Shipping included.   
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Antique Late 19th Century French Sterling Silver

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Silver

Sterling Plate
By Lapierre Silver Co.
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This plate has a scalloped edge and four shell designs surrounded by branches. It has a nice heavy feel and a clean modern look.  
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Vintage 1920s American Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

  • Sterling Plate
  • Sterling Plate
  • Sterling Plate
  • Sterling Plate
H 1 in. Dm 11 in.
English Silver Plate Caviar Dish Service
Located in Hudson, NY
Antique English silver plate caviar dish service. Each piece is in excellent condition, maker's mark undersigned. The silver plate bowl measure 8.4 inches diameter x 5 inches high. T...
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Antique 1830s English Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

English Silver Plate Caviar Dish Set .
Located in Hudson, NY
Antique English silver plate caviar dish set. Each piece is in excellent condition, maker's mark undersigned. The silver plate bowl measure 8.4 inches diameter x 5 inches high. The c...
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Antique 1830s English Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

18th Century German Silver Plate
Located in Firenze, IT
Silver plate engraving mythological scene dated on the back 1737 Measures: Large 28 cm Weight: 329gr.
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Antique 1730s German Georgian Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

  • 18th Century German Silver Plate
  • 18th Century German Silver Plate
  • 18th Century German Silver Plate
  • 18th Century German Silver Plate
H 0.4 in. Dm 11.03 in.
Silver Plated Bowl by Ward Bennett Design, 1960s
By Ward Bennett
Located in CH
The silver-plated metal bowl by Ward Bennett Design from the 1960s radiates a timeless elegance. Good condition. Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 8.7 cm. Ward Bennett also known as Howard ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Silver Plate

Christofle French Art Nouveau Silver Plate Champagne Bucket
By Christofle
Located in New York, NY
Art Nouveau silver plate champagne bucket. Made by Christofle in France. Oval mouth with straight and tapering sides and swooping asymmetrical mouth. Applied side handles in form of ...
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Late 20th Century French Art Nouveau Sterling Silver

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Silver Plate

Victorian Silver Plated Tea Pot, 19th Century
Located in London, GB
A large mid 19th century Victorian electroplated tea pot. The tea pot has a turned ebony handle and knob to the lid, the lid pulls off and is a tight fit. The tea pot is a ta...
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Antique Mid-19th Century European Sterling Silver

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Silver Plate

  • Victorian Silver Plated Tea Pot, 19th Century
  • Victorian Silver Plated Tea Pot, 19th Century
  • Victorian Silver Plated Tea Pot, 19th Century
  • Victorian Silver Plated Tea Pot, 19th Century
H 8.67 in. W 9.85 in. D 5.6 in.
Aztec Rose Maciel / Sanborns Sterling Silver Dessert Plates Set Hollowware 8 Pcs
By Maciel Silver Co., Sanborns
Located in Big Bend, WI
Aztec rose Mexican sterling silver handmade set of eight dessert plates. There are a total of eight plates. There are seven plates that were made by Maciel and one plate that was mad...
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20th Century Mexican Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Aztec Rose Maciel Sanborns Sterling Silver Dessert Plates Set 8-Pc Hollowware
By Maciel Silver Co., Sanborns
Located in Big Bend, WI
Aztec Rose Mexican handmade sterling silver set of eight dessert plates. There are five plates made by Maciel and three plates made by Sanborns. The sizes of the plates vary from 5 3...
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20th Century Mexican Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Old Colonial by Towle Sterling Silver Plate #93221
Located in Big Bend, WI
Old colonial by Towle Lavishly decorated and representing the height of the silversmith’s craft, old colonial is a peerless expression of sophistication in sterling. Gorgeous Old Co...
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20th Century American Sterling Silver

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Silver Plate

Birks Mustard Pot in Sterling Silver with Spoon in Silver Plate
By Henry Birks
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Birks mustard pot in sterling silver with spoon in silver plate. Blue glass insert Measures: 10cm / 4 inches.
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Mid-20th Century Canadian Art Nouveau Sterling Silver

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Silver Plate, Sterling Silver

Silver Plated Coffee Pot, 18th Century
Located in London, GB
An 18th century Georgian style Victorian silver plated coffee pot. This elegant coffee pot has a shaped ebonised wood handle, engraved decoration of leaves and flowers, a hinged l...
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Antique 18th Century European Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

  • Silver Plated Coffee Pot, 18th Century
  • Silver Plated Coffee Pot, 18th Century
  • Silver Plated Coffee Pot, 18th Century
  • Silver Plated Coffee Pot, 18th Century
H 11.82 in. W 9.06 in. D 5.12 in.
Exciting and Unusual Snake-Form Silver Plate Toast Rack
Located in New York, NY
Exciting and unusual silver plate toast rack, circa 1890. Seven partitions in form of scaly, spiralling snake. Ring finial in form of second smaller snake. Open shaped frame with fou...
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Antique Late 19th Century Unknown Victorian Sterling Silver

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Silver Plate

Silver Plate from the Late 1970s
Located in Vienna, AT
Beautiful silver smith work made in the late 1970s. Signed
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Vintage 1970s English Sterling Silver

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Silver

  • Silver Plate from the Late 1970s
  • Silver Plate from the Late 1970s
  • Silver Plate from the Late 1970s
  • Silver Plate from the Late 1970s
H 0.79 in. W 5.12 in. D 4.34 in.
Onslow by Tuttle Silver Plate Tea Set of 6 Pieces
Located in Big Bend, WI
Onslow by Tuttle Onslow by Tuttle 6-piece silver plated tea set. The pieces are all marked #6000 and the set dates from the 1960s. The set includes: Coffee pot: Measures 10 tall an...
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20th Century American Sterling Silver

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Silver Plate

Art Deco Sandoz for Gallia Silver Plated Animal Knife Rests
By Sandoz, Christofle
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A fine set six Art Deco French silver plated animal knife rests designed by Sandoz two as pigs, two bears and two lions. The quality and heavily made knife rests are made by Gallia C...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Sterling Silver

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Silver Plate

English Gravy Boat and Plate
By Sheffield Silver Co.
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gravy is messy, but serving it doesn’t need to be. This English gravy boat comes with an under-tray that makes passing it not only easy but neat. No more drips on your lovely tablecl...
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Vintage 1940s English Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver Plates For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of sterling silver plates is available at 1stDibs. The range of distinct sterling silver plates — often made from metal, silver and sterling silver — can elevate any home. There are 258 antique and vintage sterling silver plates for sale at 1stDibs, while we also have 10 modern editions to choose from as well. Sterling silver plates have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century. Sterling silver plates made by Art Deco designers — as well as those associated with Mid-Century Modern — are very popular at 1stDibs. Sterling silver plates have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Tiffany & Co., Christofle and Gorham Manufacturing Company are consistently popular.

How Much are Sterling Silver Plates?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $1,299, while they’re typically $39 on the low end and $75,000 highest priced.

Finding the Right Sterling Silver for You

Dining and entertaining changed drastically when we began to set our tables with sterling silver for holiday gatherings, wedding receptions, engagement parties and, in some of today’s homes, everyday meals.

Often called the “Queen of metals,” silver has been universally adored for thousands of years. It is easy to see why it has always been sought after: It is durable, strong and beautiful. (Louis XIV had tables made entirely of silver.) Sterling silver is an alloy that is made of 92.5 percent silver — the “925” stamp that identifies sterling-silver jewelry refers to this number. The other 7.5 percent in sterling silver is typically sourced from copper.

Neoclassical-style sterling-silver goods in Europe gained popularity in the late 18th century — a taste for sterling-silver tableware as well as tea sets had taken shape — while in the United States, beginning in the 19th century, preparing the dinner table with sterling-silver flatware had become somewhat of a standard practice. Indeed, owning lots of silver goods during the Victorian era was a big deal. Back then, displaying fine silver at home was a status symbol for middle-class American families. And this domestic silver craze meant great profitability for legendary silversmith manufacturers such as Reed & Barton, Gorham Manufacturing Company and the International Silver Company, which was incorporated in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1898, a major hub of silver manufacturing nicknamed “Silver City.”

Today, special occasions might call for ceremonial silver designed by Tiffany & Co. or the seductive sterling-silver cutlery from remarkable Danish silversmith Georg Jensen, but there really doesn’t have to be an event on the calendar to trot out your finest tableware.

Event- and wedding-planning company maestro Tara Guérard says that some “investment pieces,” such as this widely enamored alloy, should see everyday use, and we’re inclined to agree.

“Sterling-silver flatware is a must-have that you can use every single day, even to eat cereal,” she says. “Personally, I want a sterling-silver goblet set for 12 to 20; I would use them every time I had a dinner party. Ultimately, there are no criteria for buying vintage pieces: Buy what you love, and make it work.”

Whether you’re thinking “ceremonial” or “cereal,” browse a versatile collection of vintage, new and antique sterling-silver wares on 1stDibs today.

Questions About Sterling Silver Plates
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    While antique silver plate can be worth something, it is not usually as valuable compared with contemporary pieces or similar sterling silver antiques.