Luxurious and opulent antique silverplate pieces

Add a vintage touch of hospitality to your tea party with a full set of antique silverplate décor, ideal for adding splashes of charm throughout your home. There's not much that's more decadent than retrieving your silverware from a glass-fronted cabinet to serve your guests tea and cake from an antique silverplate tray, an ornate china teapot complemented perfectly by antique silver spoons and a milk jug. Simply pull out a vintage silverplate tray and plates to make a bold statement at the dinner table.

Silver for any home

Generally speaking, sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver and is almost always hallmarked. Silver plating is when a fine layer of silver is deposited on to base metals such as nickel, copper or brass. EPNS stands for ‘Electro Plated Nickel Silver' and contains no silver at all, it is an alloy comprised of zinc, copper and nickel, so keep an eye out when choosing your perfect silverplate items.

Add some opulence to a party with a vintage silver plated bucket with grape detailing. This would stand out as a centrepiece and would complement some silverplate teapots. Or go for a classic set of vintage silver plates, trays, and glasses.

Enduring vintage gifts

These prized antique collectibles as ideal as wedding gifts, twentieth-anniversary presents or for a birthday celebration. These antique silver treasures can often be found in excellent condition, presented in flock lined boxes merely requiring a touch of polishing to restore the tarnished silver flatware to its former sparkling glory.

Silver plated wine goblets make ideal gifts, as do Victorian candlesticks, cake slices, or a set of napkin rings. Add a personal touch to memorialise the object and engrave a date and name on the base of the item. Manufacturers to look out for includes the French brand Christofle, founded in 1830, still producing glass, silverware, and porcelain today. One the oldest operating glass companies in American is Pairpoint, who also forayed into silver pieces for a short time, making them highly covetable today.