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Silver

Martin McIlroyMartin McIlroy
Department Head

Martin McIlroy runs the Silver Department at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood. Recent results include £6,100 for a fine set of four George III candlesticks made by Fenton, Creswick & Co of Sheffield. Another example of the quality of the silverware being offered in our salerooms is the Victorian Grecian pattern part table service by George Adams that reached £5,000.

A George III Cow Creamer


An unusual and amusing piece of early George III silver was the cow creamer by John Schuppe, who was an immigrant silversmith working in London in the 18th century. The piece itself measured 15cm in length and was assayed in 1761.

A Jug

Whilst there is always strong demand for the more usual items such as candlesticks, tableware, tea services and salvers, there has been a steady rise in demand for smaller collectable pieces, such as novelty menu holders, caddy spoons, desk accoutrements, miniature furniture and unusual electroplated items. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood hold sales of fine silver and silver plate both of English, Continental and Oriental origin.

Silver Categories

Sale FS10; Lot: 0191: A sapphire and diamond five stone half hoop ring.

Sale: FS10 (20 Apr 2011)
Auction Lot: 0191
Estimate: £5,000-£6,000
Realised: £5,000
A sapphire and diamond five stone half hoop ring.

Sale FS17; Lot: 0850: A 19th Century French carved giltwood centre table in the Louis XIV taste, surmounted by a rectangular panel of breche violette marble, within a foliate border, the cushion frieze decorated with foliage and with shaped and pierced acanthus and paterae aprons, on openwork square section tapered legs with acanthus leaf husk and paterae ornament, united by curved acanthus scroll stretchers with central finial, the top 165cm (5ft 5in) x 85cm (2ft 9 1/2in).

Sale: FS17 (29 Jan 2013)
Auction Lot: 0850
Estimate: £7,000-£9,000
Realised: £11,500
A 19th Century French carved giltwood centre table in the Louis XIV taste, surmounted by a rectangular panel of breche violette marble, within a foliate border, the cushion frieze decorated ...

Sale FS22; Lot: 0974: By Direction of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral - A pair of 16th Century Italian carved giltwood and polychrome decorated thrones, the high panelled backs with arcaded pendant hung canopies of half dodecogonal form, pierced and decorated with scrolling foliage, one with foliate scroll finials, the other lacking and with vaulted interiors of star shape, each with a central pendant, the polychrome decorated rectangular panels with female figures and birds amidst scrolling foliage, between canted panelled stiles in gilt with red and gilt decorated reserves, the box seats with short arm supports on turned uprights, having panels with coat of arms to either side, the seats with central Moresque decorated panels, flanked by stiles with raised masks and foliage, on block feet, Circa 1620, 223.5cm (7ft 4in) high, the seats 74cm (2ft 5in) wide. *Note A gift to Exeter Cathedral by the Reverend Sir Patrick Ferguson Davie BT, Circa 1960 of Creedy Park, Devon. Purchased in London the thrones are discussed in Charles Tracy's book Continental Church Furniture in England - A Traffic in Piety, pages 138 - 139.

Sale: FS22 (29 Apr 2014)
Auction Lot: 0974
Estimate: £10,000-£15,000
Realised: £9,000
By Direction of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral - A pair of 16th Century Italian carved giltwood and polychrome decorated thrones, the high panelled backs with arcaded pendant ...