Selling silver at auction -McTear's results shine for themselves!

Kicking off The Silver Auction on Tuesday 4th November was a stunning Victorian centrepiece with putti on a goat, which soared above estimate to sell at £3400. This was closely followed by a pair of comports that similarly attracted a bidding war, finally selling at £3600. Another highlight was a small 18th century Russian silver beaker (lot 53) which boasted a striking Russian eagle design. It was much admired over the view and fetched a very respectable £260 at the auction. Centrepieces were the flavour of the day, and lot 66, a 20th century silver example, achieving an above estimate £700. An unusual bowling trophy (lot 68), made in Glasgow, featured a very different and striking stand, and the piece fetched £2200 at the auction.

Too sweet not to mention is lot 87, a novelty owl cruet with green eyes; and which had the saleroom green with envy of the bidder who secured him at £400. With silver selling strongly, it remains true that a good name will ensure a good sale. Closing The Silver Auction was lot 128, two silver mounted claret jugs: one Mappin & Webb and the other Goldsmiths. More than quadrupling their estimate, they were much sought after and flew out of the saleroom at £360.

Silver continues to sell strongly at this dedicated international auction. The next auction takes place on 13th January and entries are currently invited. For more information on The Silver Auction please contact us on 0141 810 2880 or

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