Silver & Silver Plate
The gleaming brilliance of silver, a metal prized by even the earliest civilisations, ensured that it was reserved for making some of society`s most valued objects owned by its wealthiest members. But highly regarded though it has always been, silver is less precious than gold, and for that reason has also been fashioned into some of the most basic domestic items. Hence, it offers the type of variety in value and form that makes it almost as accessible to the collectors as glass or ceramics. The finest engraved wine cisterns, salvers or candelabra by the leading silversmiths of the 1700`s may be beyond the pocket of most collectors, but wine labels, trinket boxes, babies`rattles, tea strainers, and a host of other smaller items can often still be bought for little more than the price of a good meal.