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Spanish Colonial Silver
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Large Spanish Colonial Handled Serving Dish
Probably Argentina
18th century
Inventory no.: 1671
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Spanish Colonial Chased Silver Water Jug (Jarro)
Peru or Bolivia
19th century
Inventory no.: 1672
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Spanish Colonial Silver Mate Cup & Stand
Argentina
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 1547
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Spanish Colonial Silver Copy of a Chinese Pan Iron
probably Argentina
circa 18th century
Inventory no.: 1668
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Spanish Colonial Silver Mate Cup & Stand
Bolivia
late 18th century
Inventory no.: 1679
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Rare Finely Carved Coconut Money Box with Silver Mounts (Alcancia)
Spanish Colonial Guatemala
18th century
Inventory no.: 848
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From where do we source our items? We do not go on buying trips to outside Europe. Nor do we actively buy from dealers or suppliers based in Asia. We do not
source items from Mexico itself for example. Almost all the items stocked by Michael Backman Ltd have been sourced from the UK - from old collections. Countless items
were brought to the UK during the colonial era by colonial administrators and the like. Other items were made in Asia for export to the UK – the UK was wealthy early: it has
been a major destination for the world’s exports for hundreds of years.  This means that most of our items have been in the UK for at least sixty to two hundred years.

The conditions in which they have been kept often has been very good – the climate is kind, and there are relatively few pests. Many items were acquired as keepsakes
and curios, meaning that they stopped being used once they came to the UK. This too has helped to preserve them and their conditions often are far better than had they
remained in their home countries. Buying from old UK sources means that the items have good provenance; it helps to avoid fakes, and items that have been amended or
embellished. It also means that our items are obtained legally – today, most countries in Asia prohibit the export of their antiques. So, because of its colonial past, the UK is
perhaps the world’s biggest source of genuine antiques from Asia, perhaps more so than Asia itself, and that is the source into which we tap.

All the items on this page are available for sale. We are based in central London, but sell to clients around the world.  
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Colonial Candle Stick
Spanish Colonial South America, probably Peru
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 3859
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Inscribed & Dated Spanish Colonial Silver Host or Offering Plate
probably South America or Mexico
dated 1761
Inventory no.: 4358
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