Antique Silver Identification - Reproductions
This is an area that causes much confusion and in some cases great grief and disappointment
with collectors of silver. Although the buying of a reproduction piece will probably be known to the
purchaser, there can be nothing more disheartening than to find that the lovely piece of silver you
have acquired turns out not to be genuine.
A reproduction is an honest copy of an earlier piece, contemporaneously marked
for the year of production and
is not intended to deceive in any way.
In looking at reproductions, the example of the silver sauce boat shown below at
Fig 1 is a good example of a 20th century copy of a sauce boat in the Georgian
style. There is little difference in the design and dimensions between this
reproduction and an original Georgian sauce boat which is shown at Fig 2.
However the example in Fig 1 has the hallmarks for London 1908 whilst Fig 2 has
the hallmarks for London 1783 and consequently there is no intention to present
Fig 1 other than as a reproduction of an earlier piece. It can be seen from the
images, the design of each sauce boat is almost identical save for the hallmarks
stamped on them.
If you cannot visit our period showrooms
in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, why not visit
plate section of our Antiques For Sale. Each piece
should have a close-up of the hallmark. Should you require
further images of any of our stock then email us regarding
the item. An email link can be found on each stock item