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Georg Jensen Sterling Silver 'Lily of the Valley' Cutlery, Lunch Service
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen Sterling silver 'Lily of the Valley' Cutlery. Complete lunch service, 36 pieces for 12 p. Consisting of: 12 lunch knives, 12 lunch forks and 12 dessert spoons. The lun...
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen Sterling Silver 'Lily of the Valley' Cutlery, Dinner Service
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen sterling silver 'Lily of the Valley' cutlery. Complete dinner service, 18 pieces for 6 people. Consisting of: 6 dinner knives, 6 dinner forks and 6 dessert spoons. The...
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Sterling Silver

Early Georg Jensen Sterling Silver 'Acorn' Cutlery, Lunch Service, 12 Pieces
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Early Georg Jensen sterling silver 'Acorn' Cutlery. Lunch service, 12 pieces for 6 people. Consisting of: 6 lunch knives and 6 lunch forks. The lunch knife measures: 20.5 cm. In p...
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Vintage 1910s Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Cactus Cutlery, Large Serving Spade in Full Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen sterling silver cactus cutlery. Large serving spade in full silver. Measures 17.5 cm. In very good condition. Stamped. Designed by Gundorph Albertus in 1930.
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20th Century Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

Hans Hansen Silver Cutlery, Eight "Susanne" Teaspoons in Sterling Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Hans Hansen silver cutlery. Eight "Susanne" teaspoons in sterling silver. Danish design, mid-20th century. Measures: 11.8 cm. In perfect condition. Stamped.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Hans Hansen Silver Cutlery, Twelve "Susanne" Cake Forks in Sterling Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Hans Hansen silver cutlery. Twelve "Susanne" cake forks in sterling silver. Danish design, mid-20th century. Measures: 13.5 cm. Perfect condition. Stamped.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Set of Georgian/Victorian Silver Cutlery for Six
By George Adams, William Chawner
Located in Cornwall, GB
A very good part silver table service or canteen for six people in fiddle and thread pattern, consisting of six serving or tablespoons, six table forks, six dessert forks, six desser...
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Antique 1840s British William IV Serving Pieces

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Salad Cutlery, Norway
Located in Cookeville, TN
Offering this set of R. Elveseter sterling silver salad cutlery. Having ornate scrollwork and openwork detail on the handles. Both are hallmarked on the back of handles.
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Baroque Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

  • Sterling Silver Salad Cutlery, Norway
  • Sterling Silver Salad Cutlery, Norway
  • Sterling Silver Salad Cutlery, Norway
  • Sterling Silver Salad Cutlery, Norway
H 1.25 in. W 8 in. D 2.5 in.
Sterling Silver S. Kirk & Sons, Cutlery Set, 6 Pieces
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This amazing hard to find set of Kirk Sterling is in fine as found condition. Great addition to a set of Kirk flatware. Measurement's are taken from left to right as in the first ph...
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Early 20th Century American Baroque Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Vintage Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for Six Persons
By Mappin & Webb
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive vintage Elizabeth II English sterling silver straight bright cut, Irish pattern flatware service for six persons; an addition to our antique flatw...
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Vintage 1980s British Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Antique Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for Ten Persons
By Various Makers
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive, composite antique English sterling silver Old English Thread pattern flatware service for ten persons; an addition to our antique London silverwa...
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Antique 1820s British Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Victorian Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for 12 Persons
By George William Adams, Chawner & Co.
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A magnificent, fine and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver straight Devonshire pattern flatware service for twelve persons made by George Adams; an addition to our ...
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Antique 1850s English Victorian Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Antique English Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery / Flatware, Bead Pattern
By George Adams
Located in London, London
A boxed, Single Maker, Single Year set of Antique, sterling silver bead pattern flatware, hallmarked in London in 1862 by George Adams. The serving pieces listed below are by Georg...
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Antique 1860s English Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for Eighteen Persons
By Elizabeth Eaton
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver straight Queen's pattern flatware service for eighteen persons, an addition to our canteen of cutlery co...
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Antique 1850s English Victorian Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Antique English Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery / Flatware, Fiddle Pattern
By George Adams
Located in London, London
A boxed single maker, mixed years set of antique, Victorian, sterling silver, Fiddle pattern flatware made in London between 1842 and 1875 by George Adams. Sold with modern Fiddle...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Antique 1910s Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for 10 Persons
By Elkington & Co.
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique George V English sterling silver straight Trefid pattern flatware service for ten persons; an addition to our antique flatware sets. Th...
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Vintage 1910s British Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Antique Edwardian Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for Six Persons
By Walker & Hall
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive antique Edwardian English straight sterling silver King's pattern flatware service for six persons; an addition to our canteen of cutlery collection The piec...
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Antique Early 1900s English Edwardian Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for 12 Persons
By William Eaton
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A magnificent, fine and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver straight Albert pattern flatware service for twelve persons made by William Eaton; an addition to our can...
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Antique 1840s British Victorian Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Vintage 1973 Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for Six Persons
By William Yates
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive vintage Elizabeth II English sterling silver straight Old English pattern flatware service for six persons; an addition to our antique flatware se...
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Vintage 1970s English Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Antique George V Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for Six Persons
By Atkin Brothers
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique George V English straight sterling silver Old English pattern flatware set / service for six persons; an addition to our canteen of cutler...
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Vintage 1920s English Other Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen "Cactus" Cutlery, Twelve Coffee Spoons in Sterling Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen "Cactus" cutlery. Twelve coffee spoons in sterling silver. Designer: Gundorph Albertus. Measure: Length 10.5 cm. Stamped. In very good condition.
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20th Century Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen "Continental" Cutlery, Six Teaspoons in Hammered Sterling Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen "Continental" cutlery. Six teaspoons in hammered sterling silver. The cutlery was designed by Georg Jensen in 1906. Stamped. In very good condition. With monogram. M...
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20th Century Danish Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for Six Persons
By Gibson & Langman
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive, rare antique Victorian English sterling silver Triton pattern flatware service for six persons; an addition to our dining silverware collection ...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Late Victorian Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for Six Persons
By John & Henry Lias
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver straight flatware service for six persons; an addition to our dining silverware collection. The pieces of this fine...
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Antique 1840s English Tudor Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen "Continental" Cutlery, Four Dessert Spoons in Sterling Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen "Continental" cutlery. Four dessert spoons in hammered sterling silver. Measures: 17 cm. Stamped. In very good condition. The cutlery was designed by Georg Jensen in...
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20th Century Danish Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for 12 Persons
By Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co. Ltd.
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive vintage George VI English straight sterling silver Dog Nose pattern flatware service for twelve persons, an addition to our canteen of cutlery col...
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Vintage 1940s English Sterling Silver

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Silver

Vintage 1940s Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for 12 Persons
By Harrison Brothers & George Howson 1
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive vintage sterling silver Lincoln pattern flatware service for 12 persons; an addition to our canteen of cutlery collection The pieces of this ex...
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Mid-20th Century English Art Deco Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Antique English Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery / Flatware Hollow Rib Rattail
By Garrard & Co. Ltd.
Located in London, London
A boxed single maker, singe year set of antique, sterling silver hollow rib rattail pattern flatware, hallmarked in London in 1918. Presented with hard soldered octagonal pistol kn...
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Vintage 1910s English Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen Sterling Silver 'Cactus' Cutlery, Serving Spade
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen sterling silver 'Cactus' cutlery. Serving spade. Measures: 20.5 cm. In good condition. Stamped. Designed by Gundorph Albertus in 1930.
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Vintage 1940s Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

Rococo Odiot Meissonnier Sterling Silver Cutlery Flatware for 12, France
By Odiot
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Fantastic set of cutlery of the best of the best in silver French cutlery. 115 pieces Odiot Meissonnier .950 Sterling silver flatware, the dessert one finished in vermeil, comprising...
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Mid-20th Century French Rococo Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

1900s Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for Twelve Persons
By Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co. Ltd.
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver straight flatware service for twelve persons, made by Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co. Ltd., an addition to...
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1990s English Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen "Pyramid" Silver Cutlery, Four Coffee Spoons in Sterling Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen "Pyramid" silver cutlery. Four coffee spoons in sterling silver. Dated 1933-1944. Designed by Harald Nielsen, 1927. In very good condition. Measures: 10.5 cm. Stampe...
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Vintage 1930s Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Vintage Boxed English Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for Six Persons
By William Yates
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive vintage Elizabeth II English sterling silver straight feather edge pattern canteen of cutlery for six persons; an addition to our flatware collect...
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Vintage 1980s English Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Emile Puiforcat Paris Elysée Cutlery Set Sterling Pure Silver, 293 Pieces
By Emile Puiforcat, Puiforcat
Located in Boulogne Billancourt, FR
Exceptional "Elysée" cutlery set by Emile Puiforcat Paris in sterling pure silver. Presented on sheathed trays signed Puiforcat. Set composed of 293 pieces (258 pieces and 35 serv...
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20th Century Danish Louis XIV Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Hans Hansen Silver Cutlery, Large "Susanne" Serving Spoon in Sterling Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Hans Hansen silver cutlery. Large "Susanne" serving spoon in sterling silver. Danish design, mid-20th century. Measures: 20.5 cm. In perfect condition. Stamped.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Vintage Art Deco Style Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for Twelve Persons
By Cooper Brothers & Sons
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive vintage sterling silver Strathmore pattern flatware service for twelve persons in the Art Deco style; an addition to our canteen of cutlery collec...
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Antique 1840s British Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen Sterling Silver 'Acanthus' Cutlery, Complete Dinner Service
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen sterling silver 'Acanthus' cutlery. Complete dinner service, 18 pieces for six persons. Comprising: Six dinner knives, six soup spoons, six dinner forks. Dinner knife...
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20th Century Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

Set of Silver Cutlery
By Elkington & Co.
Located in Lantau, HK
An English 19th century sterling silver set of cutlery in the renowned Edwardian silver lily pattern by two major silver manufacturers Elkington & Co. Ltd. (Birmingham) and Terry Sh...
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

  • Set of Silver Cutlery
  • Set of Silver Cutlery
  • Set of Silver Cutlery
  • Set of Silver Cutlery
H 13.78 in. W 21.26 in. D 16.15 in.
1960s Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for Six Persons by Gee & Holmes
By Gee & Holmes
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive vintage Elizabeth II English sterling silver straight Old English feather edge pattern canteen of cutlery for six persons; an addition to our anti...
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20th Century English Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver, Silver

Hans Hansen Cutlery Susanne Sauce Spoon in Sterling Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Hans Hansen cutlery Susanne sauce spoon in sterling silver. Measures: 18 cm. Perfect condition. Stamped.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sterling Silver

Victorian Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for 12 Persons by George Adams
By Chawner & Co., George William Adams
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver straight single struck Fiddle, Thread & Shell pattern flatware service for 12 persons made by George Ada...
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Antique 1840s English Victorian Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen "Acorn" Fish Cutlery in Sterling Silver, Service for Six People
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen "Acorn" fish cutlery in sterling silver. Complete service for six people. The fish knife measures: 21 cm. In very good condition. Stamped.       
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20th Century Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Antique George VI Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for Six Persons - 1937
By Finnigans, London 1
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique George VI English straight sterling silver dog Nose pattern flatware service for six persons; an addition to our canteen of cutlery collec...
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Vintage 1930s English Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Cypres by Tias Eckhoff Cutlery Set for 8 Persons
By Georg Jensen, Tias Eckhoff
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Georg Jensen silver Denmark Cypres cutlery set for 8 persons in sterling silver designed by Tias Eckhoff in 1952. The set includes: 8 dining knives, length 22.3 cm 8 dining fork...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen "Lily of the Valley" Cutlery, Six Teaspoons in Sterling Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen "Lily of the Valley" cutlery. Six teaspoons in sterling silver. Measures: 14.8 cm. In very good condition. Stamped. Designed by Georg Jensen in 1913.  
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

American Sterling Silver Canteen of Cutlery for Six Persons by Reed and Barton
By Reed & Barton
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive vintage American sterling silver straight flatware service for six persons, in the design style, an addition to our canteen of cutlery collection....
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Vintage 1960s American Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen Sterling Silver 'Cactus' Cutlery, Pastry Forks, Eight Pieces
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen sterling silver 'Cactus' cutlery. Pastry forks. Eight pieces available. Measures: 13 cm. In perfect condition. Stamped. Designed by Gundorph Albertus in 1930.
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20th Century Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen, Cutlery, Scroll, Hammered Sterling Silver, Fruit Knife, 6 Pieces
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen. Cutlery, scroll no. 22, hammered sterling silver. Fruit knife. 6 pieces in stock. In perfect condition. Stamped. Measures: 16.5 cm.
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20th Century Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen Old Danish Cutlery, Set of Six Bouillon Spoons in Sterling Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen Old Danish cutlery. Set of six bouillon spoons in sterling silver. In very good condition. Measures: 16.5 cm. Stamped. Large selection of Georg Jensen Old Danish in ...
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20th Century Danish Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen Continental ‘Antik’ Sterling Silver, 3 Set of Fish Cutlery
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen continental (antik) sterling silver. 3 set of fish cutlery in all silver. Knife measures 21 cm. Marked. In very good condition.
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Vintage 1930s Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen Sterling Silver 'Cactus' Cutlery, Mocha Spoon, 11 Pieces
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen sterling silver 'Cactus' cutlery. Mocha spoon, 11 pieces available. Measures: 9 cm. In perfect condition. Stamped. Designed by Gundorph Albertus in 1930.
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20th Century Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen Old Danish Cutlery, Set of Six Grape Fruit Spoons, Sterling Silver
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen Old Danish cutlery. Set of six grape fruit spoons in sterling silver. In very good condition. Measures: 14.7 cm. Stamped. Large selection of Georg Jensen Old Danish ...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Hans Hansen Silver Cutlery Susanne in Sterling Silver, Complete Lunch Service
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Hans Hansen silver cutlery Susanne in sterling silver. Complete silver lunch service for six people. A total of 18 pieces. Knife measures: 19 cm. Perfect condition. Stamped.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sterling Silver

Hans Hansen Silver Cutlery Susanne in Sterling Silver, Complete Lunch Service
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Hans Hansen silver cutlery Susanne in sterling silver. Complete silver lunch service for six people. 6 dinner knives, 6 dinner forks, 6 bouillon spoons. A total of 18 pieces. Kni...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen Cutlery, Scroll No 22, Hammered Sterling Silver Sauce Spoon
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Georg Jensen, cutlery, scroll no. 22, hammered sterling silver sauce spoon. In perfect condition. Stamped. Measures: 19.5 cm.
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20th Century Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

34 Pcs. Teaspoon / Coffee Spoon, Georg Jensen Bernadotte Sterling Silver Cutlery
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
34 pieces. teaspoons / coffee spoons, Georg Jensen Bernadotte sterling silver cutlery. Georg Jensen silverware. Designed by Sigvard Bernadotte. In perfect condition. Measures: Len...
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Vintage 1940s Danish Art Deco Sterling Silver

Hans Hansen, Denmark, "Charlotte" Silver Cutlery in Sterling Silver, Sauce Spoon
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Hans Hansen, Denmark. "Charlotte" silver cutlery in sterling silver. Sauce spoon. Measures 18 cm. Perfect condition. Stamped.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sterling Silver

Hans Hansen Silver Cutlery Susanne in Sterling Silver, Complete Lunch Service
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Hans Hansen silver cutlery Susanne in sterling silver. Complete silver lunch service for six people. A total of 18 pieces. Knife measures: 18.5 cm. Perfect condition. Stamped.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sterling Silver

Hans Hansen "Charlotte" Silver Cutlery in Sterling Silver, Service for Eight P.
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Hans Hansen "Charlotte" silver cutlery in sterling silver. Complete dinner service for eight. A total of 19 pieces. incl. serving spoon, sauce ladle and meat fork. Knife measures: ...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sterling Silver

Hans Hansen Cutlery Susanne Salad Set in Sterling Silver and Stainless Steel
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Hans Hansen cutlery Susanne salad set in sterling silver and stainless steel. Measures: 18.5 cm. Perfect condition. Stamped.
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Cutlery For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more in our collection of sterling cutlery on 1stDibs. Was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, silver and sterling silver. Your living room may not be complete without a piece of sterling cutlery — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right item from our selection of sterling cutlery, those designed in Art Deco, Scandinavian Modern and Victorian styles are of considerable interest. You’ll likely find more than one choice in our collection of sterling cutlery that is appealing in its simplicity, but Cooper Brothers & Sons, Elkington & Co. and Chawner & Co. produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Sterling Cutlery?

Prices for a piece of sterling cutlery start at $200 and top out at $45,000 with the average selling for $3,600.

Finding the Right Sterling Silver for You

Dining and entertaining changed drastically when we began to set our tables with sterling silver for holiday gatherings, wedding receptions, engagement parties and, in some of today’s homes, everyday meals.

Often called the “Queen of metals,” silver has been universally adored for thousands of years. It is easy to see why it has always been sought after: It is durable, strong and beautiful. (Louis XIV had tables made entirely of silver.) Sterling silver is an alloy that is made of 92.5 percent silver — the “925” stamp that identifies sterling-silver jewelry refers to this number. The other 7.5 percent in sterling silver is typically sourced from copper.

Neoclassical-style sterling-silver goods in Europe gained popularity in the late 18th century — a taste for sterling-silver tableware as well as tea sets had taken shape — while in the United States, beginning in the 19th century, preparing the dinner table with sterling-silver flatware had become somewhat of a standard practice. Indeed, owning lots of silver goods during the Victorian era was a big deal. Back then, displaying fine silver at home was a status symbol for middle-class American families. And this domestic silver craze meant great profitability for legendary silversmith manufacturers such as Reed & Barton, Gorham Manufacturing Company and the International Silver Company, which was incorporated in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1898, a major hub of silver manufacturing nicknamed “Silver City.”

Today, special occasions might call for ceremonial silver designed by Tiffany & Co. or the seductive sterling-silver cutlery from remarkable Danish silversmith Georg Jensen, but there really doesn’t have to be an event on the calendar to trot out your finest tableware.

Event- and wedding-planning company maestro Tara Guérard says that some “investment pieces,” such as this widely enamored alloy, should see everyday use, and we’re inclined to agree.

“Sterling-silver flatware is a must-have that you can use every single day, even to eat cereal,” she says. “Personally, I want a sterling-silver goblet set for 12 to 20; I would use them every time I had a dinner party. Ultimately, there are no criteria for buying vintage pieces: Buy what you love, and make it work.”

Whether you’re thinking “ceremonial” or “cereal,” browse a versatile collection of vintage, new and antique sterling-silver wares on 1stDibs today.