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Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Silver Plate Candlestick Candleholder, a pair by Donna Detmer, 1960s
Located in Atlanta, GA
Very elegant 1960s modernist silver plate candlesticks or candleholders by Donna H. Detmer. Streamline and neat geometric shape with four silver plate insert holders in each candlest...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Metal, Silver Plate

Silver Plate & Turquoise "Apple" Cream and Sugar by Los Castillo of Mexico
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful four piece silver plate & turquoise "Apple" creamer, sugar bowl (and spoon) and tray by Los Castillo of Mexico, circa 1960s. The set is designed to look like a pair of appl...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Mid-Century Modern Silver Plate Stylized Grape Leaf Decorative Dish
Located in New York, NY
This refined Mid-Century Modern silver plate decorative dish was realized in the United States circa 1960. Offering the form of a stylized grape leaf with pointed scalloped sides and...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Mid-Century Modern Community Silver Plate Water Pitcher, America
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern Community plate silver-plated metal water pitcher. Marked on underside: Community Plate, 12962.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Hermes, Paris Cordage Bottle Opener in Silver Plate c.1960's
Located in Bath, GB
A fabulous vintage French silver plated bottle opener created c.1960's for the "Cordage" range, a range of exceptional items for the home and office. Stamped Hermes, Paris and Mad...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Gucci Italy Silver Plated Rare Snaffle Box Lined with Satinwood
Located in Hingham, MA
Extremely rare vintage 1970 Gucci Italy silver plated horse-bit decorated box lined with satinwood; hinged lid with stirrup snaffle motif and raised lip so airtight when closed. Rest...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Gerald Benney Stainless Cutlery by Viners of Sheffield, British, 1970s
Located in Melbourne, AU
Superb set of 'Fisheaters', i.e. Six knives and six forks designed by Gerald Benney, in original box. The influence of Danish design is very clear, yet these are quintessentially mid...
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1970s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Stainless Steel

Spherical flower holder Mars Christofle Gallia Gio Ponti 1957
Located in Antwerp, BE
A spherical flower holder in silver plated metal by the famous Italian designer Gio Ponti, created in 1957. This model is called Mars in the Christofle catalogue. With its lovely...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Metal

Large Modernist Danish Silver Plated Cocktail Tray, c.1960
Located in Bath, GB
A simple, stylish and modernist circular silver plated tray signed on the underside by the Danish Company, Cohr. Just back from our silversmith's workshop where it has been profes...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Silver Plated Serving Tray Inlaid with Lapis Lazuli by Maestri Italy
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
Beautiful silver plated tray from the Italian brand Maestri. At the handles, the tray is inlaid with lapis lazuli stones. The tray is in very good condition. Marked on the bottom.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Lapis Lazuli, Silver Plate, Brass

Vintage Silver Plated Hermes, Paris, Horse / Equestrian Bottle Opener c.1980
Located in Bath, GB
A magnificent and highly collectable silver plated bottle opener by the top-notch silversmith or orfèvrerie, Ravinet d'enfert. Made for the world renowned Hermes of Paris, contemp...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate, Stainless Steel

Vintage Gucci Snaffle Box in Silver and Gold Plate, circa 1970
Located in Bath, GB
A highly sought-after vintage Gucci box professionally cleaned and polished in our silversmith's workshop, restoring it to its former glory. The interior retains the original wood...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Gold Plate, Silver Plate

Gio Ponti by Calderoni Italian Design Alpacca Metal Serving Coffee Set
Located in Brescia, IT
Gio Ponti "Parco Dei Principi Hotel" series by Calderoni, 1940s. Silver alpacca metal excellent condiction. Measures: H 15, H 13, H 12.  
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Metal

Vintage Italian Silver Plated Cocktail Shaker by Lino Sabattini, c.1960
Located in Bath, GB
A magnificent and stylish 1960's cocktail shaker in silver plate by the world renowned Italian designer, Lino Sabattini when he launched 'Argenteria Sabattini' in the 1960s, where he...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Lino Sabattini for Christofle Gallia, Cocktail Jug, c.1960
Located in Bath, GB
A fabulous modernist silver plated bar or cocktail jug; about as stylish as they get. Made even more interesting as this example was used during the 1963 Canada Cup at the grand priv...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Midcentury Gio Ponti Silvered Coffee and Tea Set on a Rectangular Tray, A. Krupp
Located in London, GB
We have been scouring again and able to put together this midcentury Alpacca silver plated Gio Ponti coffee and tea set on a rectangular tray. Designed for the VI Triennale and produ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Metal

Rare Italian Silver Plated Four Wine Bottle Holder, Lino Sabattini c.1970
Located in Bath, GB
A magnificent piece of Mid-Century Modern barware, an iconic centrepiece for the finest of cocktail / dinner parties. Made from silverplate, it has just been returned from our sil...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Set of 4 Graduating Gio Ponti Coffee Pots Designed for the VI Triennale, Krupp
Located in London, GB
A rare and sculptural graduating set of 4 Gio Ponti coffee pots designed for the VI Triennale, Arthur Krupp, 1930s-1950s. A set put together for a collector. superb condition. Approx...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Hermes, Paris, Silver & Gold Plated Horseshoe Dish c.1960
Located in Bath, GB
Beautiful quality; to be expected designed by the famous Maison Hermes of Paris. Dating to c.1960, this equestrian themed small dish or tray is made from silvered and gilded bronz...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Gold Plate, Silver Plate

Three Mid-Century Modern Metal and Glass Square Stacking Trays, circa 1970
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Three Minimalist stacking trays in polished metal and glass attributed to Romeo Rega. Medium side dimensions is 21 cm, small side dimension is cm 18. They are in original conditions.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Pair of Vintage Cased Horse Head Napkin Rings by Hermes, Paris
Located in Bath, GB
A rare pair of vintage Hermes napkin rings from the TÊTE TORSADE line with horse's heads in their original presentation case. Naturally top quality produced by the French silversm...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Gold Plate, Silver Plate

Novelty Italian Pineapple Ice Bucket by Mauro Manetti, Florence C.1960/1970
Located in Bath, GB
Always highly sought after especially in such good condition as this example, it looks to be scarcely used, remaining without damage. These are heavy and solid pieces designed by ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Mauro Manetti Strawberry Silver Plate Ice Bucket Mid-Century Modern, Italy 1960
Located in Miami, FL
Original Strawberry Mauro Manetti silver plate owl ice bucket with metal insulation, made in Italy. Keeps the ice cubes frozen for a long time as the lid sits tight on the bucket. ...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Metal, Aluminum, Silver Plate

Hermes, Paris, Rare Double Equestrian Horse Bit Vide Poche / Trays c.1950
Located in Bath, GB
A handsome and rare pair of silver plated dishes or bowls jointed together with a decorative Horse Bit handle in the centre. Just back from our silversmith's workshop where it has...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Hans Bunde for Cohr, Coffee Pot and Water Jug, Danish Mid-Century Silver Plated
Located in London, GB
Hans Bunde for Cohr, 1950s. Coffee pot with lid, and hot water jug. Electro plated nickel silver (EPNA) with black bakelite handles. Very good condition, with some light surface...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Silver Plate and Lucite Round Box by Debladis, Paris
Located in Atlanta, GA
This lovely decorative box by Debladis, Paris was designed in the 1960s. Rounded shape with silverplate base and extra thick lid in crystal clear Lucite. Marked underside with legal ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Metal, Silver Plate

Gabriella Crespi Silver Plate Sewing Egg Box, 1970s
Located in Atlanta, GA
Exquisite 1970s silver plate sewing box by Italian designer Gabriella Crespi (1922-2017). Streamline egg shape opening in two with almost complete interior inserts. Monogram "LBB" en...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Metal, Silver Plate

Mode Danish Rosewood and Stainless Steel Knives by Sheffield, Set of Three
Located in Miami, FL
Set of three carving and all purpose stainless steel knives with rosewood handles by Sheffield of England. Separate Dimensions: Large: H 12.75" W 1.13" Medium: H 10.75" W 1" Sm...
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Late 20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Stainless Steel

French Memphis Silver Plate and Lucite Tea and Coffee Set
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sophisticated French modernist Memphis coffee or tea service set. The set is built with a coffee pot, teapot, creamer, and sugar pot. Modern form, modern design, modern material crea...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Metal, Silver Plate

Set Six Vintage Italian Animal Head Stirrup Cups, c.1970
Located in Bath, GB
The cups themselves are nickel plated and the cast heads are silver plated, each head struck by the makers mark "MP" and "MADE IN ITALY" dating to c.1970's. The Italian fashion house...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Modernist Silvered Horse Knife Rests-Set of Twelve
Located in Downingtown, PA
Modernist silvered horse knife rests-set of twelve, 20th century (NY9205/IRR) The twelve cast solid silvered plate horses are depicted in full gallop.        
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Metal

Gio Ponti Silver Plated Tureen and Cover, Large Sauce Boat, Serving Bowl, Krupp
Located in London, GB
1930s-1950s Gio Ponti deep 140CL. Alpaca silver plated deep tureen, large sauce boat and small serving bowl designed by Ponti for the VI Trienale, produced by Arthur Krupp, Milano. D...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Metal

American Napier Recipe / Menu Cocktail Shaker C.1930's
Located in Bath, GB
A magnificent original vintage 1930's recipe cocktail shaker just back from our silversmith having had all the gold and silver plating professionally restored and polished to create ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Gold Plate, Silver Plate

Vintage Sugar and Creamer Serving Set in Silver Plate Metal, Italy, c. 1970's
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Italian Mid-Century Modern serving set handcrafted from silver plated metal. The set features handled creamer with spout and handled sugar bowl. Both pieces have elegant saucer forms...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Rare Italian Silver Plated Cocktail Shaker c.1960 Attributed to Vignelli
Located in Bath, GB
A superb modernist Italian silver plated cocktail shaker; sourced in Italy, it was dirty and black when it arrived with us. Since, it has been professionally cleaned and polished in ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Rare Italian Lino Sabattini Vodka / Cocktail Set, C.1970
Located in Bath, GB
A magnificent piece of mid-century modern barware, an iconic centrepiece for the finest of cocktail parties. Made from silverplate, it was black with tarnish when it arrived with ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Vintage Christian Dior Silver Plated Serving Tray, circa 1970
Located in Bath, GB
A fabulous and rare piece of vintage designer homeware by House of Christian Dior. Made from silver plate, the tray has a nautical feel, with rope handles and a rope wrapped borde...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Dansk Designs France Silver-Plated Spiral Tapered Candlesticks, Candle Holder
Located in Miami, FL
French Mid-Century Modern Dansk designs spiral tapered floral candle holders. Marked underneath Dansk Designs France B V. Holds 12 candles.
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Metal

Set for 8 Pers Including Serving Cutlery "Cheri" By Henning Seidelin for Frigast
Located in Krefeld, DE
Incredible nice set of cutlery by danish Designer Henning Seidelin from the 1960s. The name of this model is "Cheri" and it is made by Frigast in Denmark. It's silver p...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Calderoni Milano Italy Mid Century Silverplate Metal Wine Cooler Ice Pocket
Located in Firenze, IT
Ice bucket to keep cool wine or champagne made in Alpaca Silverplated by Calderoni Milan Italy Mid Century 1940/1950 Signed with the hallmark of the famous Manufacture.  
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Lino Sabatinni For Christofle / Gallia, Paris - Ice Bucket, c.1960
Located in Bath, GB
A fabulous ice minimalist / modernist silver plated ice bucket, I believe in the Windsor pattern, designed c.1960 by the world famous Lino Sabatinni, the preeminent figure in modern...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Large English Glass and Silver Plate Ice or Champagne Bucket
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-century English molded glass ice or champagne bucket in a diamond pattern. Bucket has a silver-plated band at the top and silver-plated ring handles. Band is stamped Silver Plate...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Pair of Tommi Parzinger for Mueck-Cary Silver Plate Candlesticks
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Pair of Tommi Parzinger for Mueck-Cary silver plate candlesticks.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Mellerio Paris Silver Plate and Lucite Round Box, 1970s
Located in Atlanta, GA
This amazing decorative box by Mellerio Paris was designed in the 1970s. Large round shape with silverplate base and extra thick lid in crystal clear Lucite. Silverplate X-shape divi...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Metal, Silver Plate

Elegant Bowl in Patinated Silver Signed Kisho
Located in Tilburg, NL
Elegant bowl in patinated silver Signed Kisho. Mid 20th century. Beautiful silver plated bowl with a very decorative rim. It has a simple shape but details like the elegant rim do...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Vintage Calegaro Hammered Silverplate Coffee/Tea Set, Italy 1970s
Located in London, GB
A sparkly coffee/tea set in hand hammered silverplate with rich gold wash interior accent by Calegaro Italy. It includes an elegant tray with two tiny milk jar and sugar bowl, one co...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Christofle Gallia Silver Plate Ice or Champagne Bucket Barware Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This timeless and elegant French Chistofle vintage ice or champagne bucket is Mid-Century Modern. It is hallmarked on the bottom with the Christofle France mark and Orfevre makers ma...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

John Prip for Reed & Barton Mid-Century Modern Silver Plate & Enamel Comma Bowl
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine Reed & Barton silver plate & enamel bowl. The so-called 'comma bowl', designed by John Prip for the 'Color-Clad' line in 1961. The bowl features an amoeba-like or comma-...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate, Enamel

Two Part Modernist Cocktail Shaker by Orfèvrerie Christofle, Paris
Located in Bath, GB
A smart Bauhaus style two-part cocktail shaker with it's sleek modernist design in silver plate. Made by the top-notch Parisian silversmith, Christofle of Paris, signed on both pi...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Six Mauro Manetti Silver Plate Animal Heads Stirrup Goblets Cups, Made in Italy
Located in Miami, FL
Six Mauro Manetti silver plate animal heads stirrup, goblets, cups, made in Italy. We have the Hunting collection of a German shepherd, Labrador, deer, rabbit, donkey, boar. All ma...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Metal, Silver Plate

Rare English Modernist Silver Plated Ice Bucket by Walker & Hall, 1958
Located in Bath, GB
A fabulous and most unusual ice bucket in a clean modern midcentury design by the top notch Sheffield silversmith, Walker and Hall. Just back from our silversmith having been prof...
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1950s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Vintage French Equestrian Letter Opener, Christian Dior, c.1970's
Located in Bath, GB
An unusual and highly sought-after vintage silver plated letter opener by the world renowned, Christian Dior. The letter opener is fashioned in the form of a belt with engraved "s...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Old English Silver Plate Six Pieces Tea / Coffee Service on Round Serving Tray
Located in Miami, FL
Old English silver plate six pieces tea / coffee service on a round tray. All marked R-MET and the decorative 3-tier tray with made in England. Round serving tray has 10.75 inches ...
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1950s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

Mid-Century Silver Plated Cast Metal Horse & Jockey Sculpture with Marble Base
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This silver plated metal horse and rider sculpture is initiated, but the artist could not identified. It is presumed that the sculpture was made in the United States in approximately...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Slate, Spelter

2 x Large Mid Century Gio Ponti Silver plated Bowls for Arthur Krupp
Located in London, GB
2 Large 420CL Gio Ponti Silver plated Bowls or Buckets for Arthur Krupp.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

Materials

Metal

Mauro Manetti Swimming Duck Silver Plate Ice Bucket Mid-Century Modern, Italy
Located in Miami, FL
Original Swimming Duck Mauro Manetti silver plate owl ice bucket with metal insulation, made in Italy. Keeps the ice cubes frozen for a long time as the lid sits tight on the bucket...
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Metal, Silver Plate, Aluminum

Gucci, Italy, Silver Plated Wine Bottle Holder, Horsebit
Located in Bath, GB
A very rare piece of vintage Gucci silver, dating to c.1970/1980. The Equestrian themed wine bottle holder / server is decorated with a horse bit mount each side and has an arched in...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Silver Plate

F.B. Rogers Gold Plate Walnut Shaped Trinket Box Keepsake, 1970, America
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage walnut box, trinket box, keepsake made in the USA by F.B. Rogers Silver Company, circa 1970. Made out of gold plate metal and left intentionally in the aged patina.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate

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Gold Plate, Metal

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