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Identifying Silver Reproductions

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.

Sterling Silver Sauce Boat Reproduction   Genuine Georgian Silver Sauce Boat
Fig 1 Fig 2

If you cannot visit our period showrooms in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, why not visit the silver or silver 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 page.

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