They say those born into wealthy families enter this world with “a silver spoon in their mouths”.
Today, the status of silver still rings true and has made collecting selected antique silver an important investment, says Noelene Cannon of Cannon & Cannon Auctioneers in Hilton, which has several sought-after silver items on its collectables, antiques and art auction on Tuesday.
Included will be cutlery, milk jugs, sugar bowls, candlesticks and card trays.
Noteworthy items are a 12-place setting Victorian silver cutlery set by George William Adams, expected to fetch up to R35000, and a pair of 1890 Hanau silver Napoleonic repoussé trinket boxes.
Cannon says quality silver is not affected by inflation or interest rate variations and, as a stable investment, has achieved remarkable prices on overseas auctions.
“Another major advantage of silver is that it is robust and durable and can be home showpieces or practical implements for daily life. Silver tea sets, cutlery, trays, jugs and various types of tableware are valuable pieces of history on which proud hostesses can serve special-occasion dinners,” Cannon adds.