Recognised both in ancient and modern times as a precious metal, silver has been utilised throughout history for a number of purposes including (but not limited to) personal adornment. Silver articles dating back over 5000 years have been discovered, with the ancient mines of Turkey being exploited for the precious resource as early as 3000 BC. As further sources of silver were discovered the metal was worked and used for a number of items including hair ornaments, plates, jewellery and coins.
By the 15th century silver discoveries were vast and included major sources in Spain, Germany, Mexico and Peru. Technology had also advanced allowing silver to be worked in elaborate and ornate designs. Due to the abundance of silver, cutlery, candelabras, combs, boxes, mirrors, dress sets, ornaments, plates, dishes and other high-value tableware were all fashioned and used by the elite in society.
During the Georgian period, we see a number of gemstone settings, specifically diamonds being set in silver cutdown settings. These pieces are extremely rare and collectable due to their age and scarcity.
The Victorian and Edwardian periods included quality silverware which was popularised by Queen Victoria. Full table sets included salt and pepper shakers, tea caddies, coffee pots, toast racks, condiment holders, trays, tea pots and swizzle sticks. Engine turning, engraving, enamelling and polishing were all decorative methods used for outer styling of silverware and most table sets were completed within the same uniformed pattern.
Amongst Berganza’s unique collection of silver goods is a range of silverware ready to complete the set of any avid collector. Handcrafted and ready for use, these silver pieces add a classic elegance to any mealtime.