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Sterling Holloware: Silver Animals

Antique Silver Animals

Most silversmiths designed antique silver animals to look as realistic as possible. Most of the silver animals created were from after the 1880s, and any piece from before the 1900s is quite rare. There are two ways of making silver animal figurines. The first is hallow, created from silver sheet, and the second type is cast. Their value is determined by the aesthetic, crisp detail, no damage, and clear hallmarks. At Nelson & Nelson, we handpick each item in our antique shop and take pride in the quality of the antique silver animals we have for collectors to purchase. Look around our store in New York City or our website for that special antique.

Sterling Holloware: Silver Animals (5)

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Fine quality German 800 silver animal figure, ca 1920. A horse with flowing mane, erect ears, and flying tail stands midstride on slender legs and daintily placed hoofs. Fully marked including stamp for Hanau maker JD Schleissner & Söhne. Excellent condition.

Overall dimensions: H 6 3/4 x L 10 1/2 x W 2 in. Heavy weight: 22.5 troy ounces. #BX316

Sale Price: $3,500.00
Listed Price $5,000.00

Pair of German 800 silver peacocks, ca 1910. Each: Upright neck and small graceful head supporting a foppish crest. Scaly talons. Ovoid body with dense imbricated feathers and dramatic tail downed and concave for holding treats. Gorgeous but aloof centerpieces for a sophisticated dinner party. Marked. Very good condition.

Dimensions (taller): H 5 3/4 x L 11 1/2 x W 5 3/4 in. Total weight: 15.5 troy ounces. #BX083

Sale Price: $2,275.00
Listed Price $3,250.00

Turn-of-the-century German 800 silver swan. A big bird glides along with paddling webbed feet. Graceful scrolled neck terminating in flat bill. Imbricated plumage with erect fluffy wings and spread tail. Hollow body holds treats or bottle. Marks include Hanau maker’s stamp Gebrüder Dingeldein. Very good condition with deep patina.

Dimensions: H 13 x L 16 x W 7 1/2 in. Weight: 53 troy ounces. #BV885

Sale Price: $8,125.00
Listed Price $12,500.00

Large turn-of-the-century German 800 silver figural spice box. A bird grips a gnarly branch with scaly talons. Sweet and downy with tucked-down wings. Head detachable. Marked. Very good condition.

Dimensions: H 12 3/4 x L 8 1/2 x W 7 in. Weight: 27 troy ounces. #BW899

Sale Price: $4,550.00
Listed Price $6,500.00

Sensitive and endearing 800 silver animal figure. Made by Buccellati in Italy. A chimp with raised arm, big funny ears, and expressive face sits on amethyst crystal base with joined feet. A playful primate with tensile hands and feet, and shaggy wire fur. Marked “Buccellati Italy 800”. Excellent condition with deep patina.

Dimensions: H (with base) 13 x W 8 1/2 x D 8 in. #BU120

Sale Price: $19,500.00
Listed Price $30,000.00