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The Cocktail Hour: Silver Party Ware

Exhibition preview

FROM OCTOBER 4, 2010 (through January 2011), the London Silver Vaults will be displaying its Christmas selling exhibition, The Cocktail Hour: Silver Party Ware.

It is undeniable that a touch of glamour lifts the spirits, and this year’s Christmas ideas for gift-giving and entertaining from The London Silver Vaults in Chancery Lane – the largest selection of silver for sale in the world – will add a stylish sparkle to any seasonal party, from festive Cocktail Hour to Boxing Day buffet.

The exhibition is a showcase of antique and modern silver cocktail and party ware to brighten up the bar and buffet table – lots of beautiful ideas for entertaining your guests and choosing special Christmas presents.

Look for decanters, silver goblets and champagne flutes, wine coolers, punch bowls, coasters, drinks trays, dishes for canapés and silver cups for amuse bouches, swizzle sticks and cocktail shakers. Prices start from under £100.

Examples include:

A set of 12 gilded French ‘swizzle’ sticks (ensure the champagne cocktails are well mixed!).

An Art Deco silver ‘recipe’ cocktail shaker showing mixes for classics like Sidecar and Manhattan.

A matching set of four Art Deco silver cocktail ‘coupes’ (glasses).

A set of set of six Art Deco enamelled and gilt cocktail sticks in the form of cockerels.

A sterling silver hors d’oeuvres dish with three naturalistic shell dishes by George Heath, 1904.

An extensive matching set of 36 English sterling silver goblets made in London in 1969 by leading modernist silversmith Stuart Devlin, comprising 12 champagne flutes, 12 red wine, 12 white wine, each individually hallmarked with matching marks.

A matched pair of unusual and extremely elegant Georgian double-ended wine coolers dated 1785 by John Scofield, and 1789 by Henry Chawner.

A very rare set of six Old Sheffield Plate Georgian wine coasters, made c1820, with original baize and wood bases, in mint condition.

A spectacular and grand pair of French silver-plated wine coolers of a rare, large size, c1880.

A collection of useful silver-plated buffet table accessories such as a ham bone holder (perfect when carving a roast leg of ham at the table), a stilton scoop (for those who prefer to serve their stilton whole), and grape scissors (which really do make the process a great deal easier).

Perfect for punch, or fruit cup perhaps – a large silver bowl weighing in at 57 troy ounces made by D & J Wellby of London in 1919, at the start of the roaring Twenties.

An extremely fine and very large George III silver ale ewer, by William Bateman, London 1815, 17.25”/44cm tall and weighing 89 troy ounces (2,770grams).

The London Silver Vaults houses over 30 specialist shops, together offering the largest selection of silver for sale in the world, from important collectors’ items to useful everyday objects.

Conveniently located at the corner of Chancery Lane and Southampton Buildings (a moment’s walk from Chancery Lane underground station), the London Silver Vaults open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. For further details visit