For more than three decades, Nelson and Nelson has been known for our fine offerings of European and American antique silver and sterling silver. But did you know that we also carry a select assortment of Chinese silver?
This article from PBS' Antique Roadshow gives a nice overview of the history of Chinese silver manufacture from the 18th to 20th centuries:
For collectors, the word "silver" might bring to mind an English tea set or a Continental soup tureen or maybe a patriotic silver tankard by Paul Revere. Less familiar to collectors is a world of silver that is not Western, but Chinese. Chinese export silver was made for Western tourists in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, featuring designs that include Chinese dragons rather than Western motifs such as goats and grapes.
If you're looking for a beautiful piece of antique silver, but want something that's different from what traditional Western styles have to offer, we encourage you to explore our antique Chinese silver offerings.
Elegant and timeless, this antique Chinese Export silver box was made by the prolific silversmith Wang Hing circa 1890. The hinged lid is applied with a cast, repousse and chased profusion of chrysanthemum flowers. The underside of the base is hallmarked WH90 and Chinese character mark. The box is of heavy gauge silver and is in excellent condition. For more information, click here.
This excellent quality Chinese silver figural dragon bowl, circa 1900, features a dragon decoration that is fully pushed out from the bowl with the figural whiskers applied on the nose. The whole bowl has a stippled finish, and the top rim is highlighted with a decoration of clouds. The inside is accented with a light gold wash, and the bottom is hallmarked with Tuck Chang and Chinese character mark. This bowl is very heavy at 32 troy ounces! For more information, click here.