a small collection of antique silver and objects of vertu


an illustrated selection of antique sterling silver and objects of vertu
Continental, European, Italian, Russian, German, French, English, Austrian, Scottish, American, Dutch, Danish, Judaica, Georgian, Spanish, Swedish and much more

SILVERCOLLECTION.EU and SILVERCOLLECTION.IT are NON commercial web sites of a small collection of antique silver and 'objects of vertu' from the 18th to the 20th century with a special interest on Continental silver. An illustrated selection of artifacts ... sometimes uncommon ... often unusual...

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antique silver objects objects of vertu geographical section
-   photo preview # 1 -   photo preview # 5 -   Austria
-   photo preview # 2 -   photo preview # 10 -   Continental
-   photo preview # 3 -   France
-   photo preview # 4 -   Germany
-   photo preview # 6 chronological section -   Italy
-   photo preview # 7 -   Georgian silver -   Russia
-   photo preview # 8 -   18th century silver -   USA
-   photo preview # 9 -   19th century silver -   Judaica

hallmarks section typological section miscellany
solid silver -   napkin rings -   books
   - England -   salt devices -   auction catalogs
   - France -   shakers and casters -   my articles about silver
   - Italy -   spoons -   silver glossary
   - Russia -   tobacciana -   links
   - Germany -   ASCAS Silver Association
   - Austria -   about me
   - "Hanau silver" -   Murano glass
   - miscellany -   Venini glass
plated silver silversmiths & silver factories -   GallÚ cameo glass
   - English electroplate -   Elkington -   silver dictionary
   - American silver plate -   Jensen
   - Old sheffield plate -   Gorham
-   Tiffany
-   WMF


My first purchase of silver was made in 1996, when at an antique fair I bought a briar-wood box with a silver cover. Silver was hallmarked with the "Fascio" mark. So I understood it was made in Italy, around 1935/1940. After this first meeting with the "world of silver", I began to frequent antique markets and shops and to buy books and silver auction catalogs, looking for silver items to add to the little collection I was trying to put together.
Soon I discovered that collecting silver is an expensive business. To collect "antique" silver is a "highly" expensive business. You may have an idea of prices looking at a Sotheby's or Christie's auction catalog, where thousands of dollars are requested for any antique silver object.
Then, I decided to devote my research (and my limited resources) to collecting Continental Silver, particularly of small dimension, attaining the result of contain costs and reduce spaces necessary to preserve my growing collection and putting together some pieces of 18th century and much more of 19th century. Even though my main interest is for silver objects, in recent years I've begun to buy non silver related items including in my collection some pieces as cameo glass vases, "barbotine" dishes, portrait miniatures, shell cameo brooches, and others.
At present I continue to look for silver and objects of vertu pieces, with preference for items of uncommon shape or use, and I've extended the field of my research to internet.
In this site I illustrate some of my preferred pieces. You may click on the item's index to see photos and description of the objects. I hope you'll like them.

On April 2004 I've founded ASCAS - Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver.
ASCAS is an association between collectors and lovers of antique silver. Its objective is to promote friendship between its members and to spread knowledge of antique silver items, their hallmarks and their workmanship techniques.
ASCAS Association of Small Collectors of Antique Silver ASCAS has 250 members throughout the world and every month publishes on its website www.ascasonline.org and its monthly newsletter many interesting articles related to silver. Its archive is now the wider gathering of articles related to silver freely available on the web.

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This is a page of Silvercollection.eu "A Small Collection of Antique Silver and Objects of vertu", a 1000 pages widely illustrated website offering all you wish to know about antique silver, sterling silver, silverplate, sheffield plate, electroplate silver, silverware, flatware, tea services and tea complements, marks and hallmarks, articles, books, auction catalogs, famous silversmiths (Tiffany, Gorham, Jensen, Elkington), history, oddities ...
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