Tableware

QuickFacts :: Teapots, coffee pots and chocolate pots

Tea, coffee and chocolate became fashionable in the late 17th century, and over the next two centuries large numbers of pots for serving these drinks were made.
Dating and condition
The shapes of tea and coffee pots can help with dating them, but because many 18th-century styles were repeated in the Read more

QuickFacts :: Salvers and trays

The difference between salvers and trays is that trays have handles, while salvers do not. Both were used as presentation pieces and for practical purposes, and good ones are always popular with collectors. But what features should you be looking out for?
Many salvers survive from c.1700 onwards, but trays Read more

QuickFacts :: Mugs and jugs

Tankards, sauceboats, mugs and jugs are highly popular with today’s collectors. Most of them date from the 18th century or later and many factors can affect their value, so make sure you know what you’re looking for in terms of style, decoration and any possible alterations.
A huge variety of Read more

What are Garniture?

It’s a group of decorative objects made as a set to be prominently displayed on something like a mantel or a buffet table. They can be purchased separately but this is not usual.
The Chinese first created export porcelain garnitures and European porcelain makers copied the idea in the porcelain Read more

Welsh Love Spoon

The history of the Welsh love spoon
According to Welsh folklore, these ornately carved spoons were traditionally made from a single piece of wood by young men as a love token for their sweethearts to show affection and intentions for his loved one.
The earliest surviving example, displayed in the Welsh Read more

Caster Sets Highlight Victorian Tables

The revolving caster was one of the most widely used pieces of Victorian tableware. According to directions for setting the table given in cookbooks of the period, the caster should sit in the center of the table. Manufacturers generally made them of white Britannia Metal and then electroplated them.
Casters Read more

Silver: Antique Silver Apostle Spoon

The apostle spoon dates from the 15th Century, possibly even as early as the 14th Century, and continued to be made in large numbers until the mid 17th Century. On top of each apostle (except some very early examples) is a nimbus, i.e. a round halo or disc, often Read more

Scottish Silver Puritan Spoon

Puritan spoons are not uncommon survivors in English silver but, for reasons still largely unknown, Scottish examples are very rare. To date, only nine hallmarked or provincial examples are known.
Of these, the so-called Barncleuch spoon, seen at Lyon & Turnbull Auctioneers of Edinburgh’s recent auction is the earliest.
Due to its Read more

Puritan Spoon

A very plain spoon, particularly favoured during the Commonwealth period. Due to the short span of production in the 17th Century, they tend to be quite rare. Provincial examples are more common than London specimens.

They were the first style of spoon to have a flat stem as previously hexagonal Read more