Our catalogue > Colonial Indian Silver

Silver objects started to be made in significant quantities in India for the local colonial and European export markets from the late 18th century. The decoration became increasingly unmistakably Indian, even if the forms remained identifiably European, as the 19th century progressed. The main centres for this output were Bombay, Calcutta, Kutch, Kashmir and Madras. Sri Lanka was another source for South Asian silver.

Each item of colonial Indian silver shown here is for sale.

We also have a separate page for Mughal Silver – which tended to be made for the local, northern Indian market with form and decoration in keeping with the Islamic-Mughal aesthetic.

Each of our pieces here has been sourced from within the UK, typically from old, private collections, and Indian silver items from us are now to be found in museums around the world.

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5613

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Rare Kutch Silver Child’s Rattle & Whistle

Kutch, India
circa 1880

length: 10.5cm, weight: 55g

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UK art market

5563

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Burmese Pierced & Chased Silver Betel Box & Stand

Burma
circa 1870

height: 24.5cm, diameter: 24.5cm, weight: 884g

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UK art market

5681

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Colonial South Indian Gilded, Chased Silver Ink Stand

Madras (Chennai), Tamil Nadu, South India
circa 1790

height: 8cm, diameter: 10cm, weight: 239g

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UK art market

5646

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Fine, South Indian Silver Tinder Tube

Trichinopoly, South India
circa 1850

length: 18cm, weight: 52g

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UK art market

2025

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Superb Three-Piece Indian Silver Tea Set

Kutch or Karachi, India
circa 1900

height of teapot: 16.3cm, width of teapot: 22cm, weight of teapot: 684g, combined weight: 1,613g

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UK art market

5143

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Tall, Chased Silver Cornucopia Vase

India
19th century

height: 32cm, weight: 567g

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UK art market

4831

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Unusual South Indian Silver Beaker

Madras, India
circa 1870

height: 10.3cm, diameter: 9.5cm, weight: 342g

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UK art market

4619

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Pair of Enamelled Silver Peacocks

Jaipur, India
circa 1870

heights: 17.3cm, lengths: 18cm, combined weight: 1,585g

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UK art market

3656

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Pair of Indian Heron-Shaped Silver Rosewater Sprinklers

India
circa 1900

heights: 22.5cm, combined weights: 523g

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UK art market

3300

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Fine Colonial Indian Teapot by Hamilton & Co.

Calcutta, India
circa 1830

length: 29.5cm, height: 17.3cm, weight: 1,233g

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UK art market

4776

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Repoussed Silver Dish

Burma
early 20th century

diameter: 25.5cm, height: 4.2cm, weight: 472g

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from the estate of Arthur Morris, and thence by descent. Morris (1880-1944) trained as an engineer and spent nineteen years working in Burma for the colonial administration in the Public Works Department. During this time, he developed a strong interest in Burmese arts and crafts, particularly in Burmese lacquer. He was appointed Provincial Art Officer in 1914 for which he organised an annual arts and crafts exhibition of 'native' craftsmen in Rangoon. He was also a member of the Board of Studies in Fine Arts at Rangoon University, and was chairman of the sub-committee which was formed in Rangoon to collect material for the Arts and Crafts Section of the Burma Pavilion at the British Empire Exhibition that was held in Wembley, London, in 1924.

4652

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Rare Pair of Tall, Fine, Silver Filigree-Clad Glass Flasks

India
19th century

heights: 40.5cm, diameters: 7.5cm, total combined weights: 2,249g

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UK art market

3249

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Pair of Colonial Indian Kashmir Silver Candlesticks

Kashmir, India
circa 1860

heights: 23.2cm, diameter of base: 10cm, combined weights: 1,313g

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Provenance

private collection, London.

2896

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Rare & Unusual Ostrich Egg & Walrus Tusk Indian Tea Caddy with Silver Mounts

Kutch, India
circa 1880

height: 25cm, weight: 785g

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UK art market

3099

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Colonial Chinese-Style Silver Tray

Karachi, India/Pakistan
circa 1910

length: 38.8cm, width: 24cm, weight: 615g

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UK art market

2926

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Indian Kutch Chased Silver Arabian Dallah-style Coffee Pot

Kutch, India
circa 1870

height: 22.8cm, weight: 641g

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from an important, private UK collection.

2931

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Colonial Indian Trichinopoly Silver 24-Piece Cutlery Set

Trichinopoly, South India & London
circa 1870

length of knife: 22cm, length of fork: 18cm, typical weight of one fork: 63g, typical weight of one knife: 73g, length of box: 31.5cm, width of box: 26.4cm, thickness of box: 7.7cm

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from an important, private UK collection.

2929

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Set of Eight Tea Cups & Saucers by J. Manikrai & Sons

Karachi, India/Pakistan
circa 1910

diameter of each saucer: 13.2cm, height of teacup: 7.3cm; combined weight: 2,049g

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private collection, UK.

4618

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Colonial Calamander Wood Document Box with Fine Silver Mounts

Sri Lanka
18th century

length: 24.5cm, height: 11cm, depth: 18cm

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UK art market

2927

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Indian Kutch Ceremonial Silver Trowel

Kutch, India
dated 1877

length: 29.5cm, weight: 287g

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private collection, UK.

2928

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Indian Kutch Ceremonial Silver Trowel

Kutch, India
dated 1874

length: 25.3cm, weight: 215g

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private collection, UK

3044

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Rare Sri Lankan Chased Silver Lidded Box Inset with Semi-Precious Stones

Sri Lanka
19th century

length: 21cm, width: 10.5cm, height: 6.5cm, weight: 542g

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private collection, London.

3233

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Kutch Indian Silver Cormorant Rosewater Sprinkler

Kutch, India
circa 1890

height: 30.3cm, weight: 271g

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private collection, UK.

2212

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The Calcutta Memento Cup by Dass & Dutt

Calcutta, India
circa 1870

height: 44cm, weight: 1,464g

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UK art market

2222

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Indian Three-Piece Silver Tea Set in the Form of Ducks

India
circa 1890

length of teapot: 21.5cm, height: 16.5cm, weight of teapot: 646g, weight (combined): 1,244g

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UK art market

1388

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Extremely Fine Six-Piece Silver Teaset

Kutch, India
circa 1880

length of tray: 39cm, width of tray: 29cm, length of teapot: 20.5cm, height of teapot: 12.8cm, weight of teapot: 642g; combined weight: 2,463g

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from a private UK collection

3141

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Three Colonial Indian Silver Desk Boxes by Hamilton & Co.

Calcutta, India
circa 1820

length of pen box: 18cm, width: 3.2cm, height: 2.6cm, weight: 202g; length of other rectangular box: 9.3cm, width: 4.6cm, height: 3.5cm, weight: 159g; height of cylindrical box: 3.6cm, diameter: 2.5cm, weight: 32g; combined weight: 393g

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UK art market

1843

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Colonial Indian Silver Brandy Warmer by Lattey Brothers & Co.

Calcutta, India
1843-1855

length: 19cm, weight: 254g

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UK art market

2013

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Indian Silver Presentation Salver Chased & Repoussed in High Relief, for the Prince of Wales Grenadiers

Bombay, India
1903-1906

diameter: 32.3cm, weight: 1,108g

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UK art market.

4658

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Finely Carved South Indian Nut with Silver Mounts

South India, probably Madras
circa 1800

length: 10.2cm, weight: 108g

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UK art market

3152

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Sri Lankan Repoussed Silver Tray

Kandy, Sri Lanka
circa 1900

length: 28.4cm, width: 18cm, weight: 279g

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UK art market

1554

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Batavian Silver Filigree Paan Box

Dutch East Indies (Batavia), or possibly India (Goa)
17th century

length: 12cm, width: 10.5cm, height: 6.1cm, weight: 601g

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from a Spanish/Portuguese collection.

1714

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Carved Colonial Indian Croquet Mallet with Chased Silver Mounts

Bombay, India
19th century

length: 86cm, width of head: 14.8cm

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UK art market

699

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Fine Pair of Colonial Indian Silver Pepper Pots

Kutch, India
circa 1880

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height: 7.5cm, combined weight: 127g

840

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Sri Lankan Chased Silver Dish or Plate

Kandy region, Sri Lanka
19th century

diameter: 16.9cm, weight: 152g

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UK art market

1711

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Indian Parsee (Parsi) Engraved Silver Tray

Parsee Community, Bombay, India
circa 1900

length: 22.7cm, width: 12.8cm, weight: 227g

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UK art market

1294

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Unusual Chased & Parcel Gilded Silver Water Flask (Surahi)

Lucknow, India
circa 1880

height: 26cm, weight: 292g

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UK art market

1261

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Sri Lankan Repousse Silver Dish

Kandy, Sri Lanka
19th century

diameter: 17.4cm, weight: 152g

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UK art market

2214

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Regimental Indian Silver Table Lighter by Hamilton & Co.

33rd Duke of Wellington Regiment, India
dated 1873

height: 13cm, width: 15.5cm, weight: 392g

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UK art market

4240

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Chased Silver Lidded Box with Gujarati Inscription

India
18th-19th century

length: 11.9cm, height: 6cm, width: 8.5cm, weight: 332g

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UK art market

4572

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Batavian Colonial Silver Filigree Tray or Platter

Dutch East Indies, probably Batavia; and possibly India
17th-18th century

length: 42.7cm, width: 24.5cm, height: 3.7cm, weight: 957g

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UK art market

5217

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Two Mughal Engraved Gilded Silver Boxes inset with Tortoiseshell Panels

North India
circa 1740

length of largest box: 9.5cm, width: 8.8cm, height: 3.3cm, weight: 183g; length of smaller box: 7.5cm, width: 6.7cm, height: 1.8cm, weight: 98g

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Provenance

Scottish art market

5254

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Colonial Indian Silver Mug

India, probably Calcutta
circa 1840

height: 9.2cm, weight: 172g

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Provenance

private collection, Channel Islands.

5135

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Four Zoroastrian Ritual Objects in High-Grade Silver

Parsi (Parsee) People, Bombay, India
19th century

height of sprinkler: 24cm, diameter of incense tray: 7.2cm, combined weight of silver: 258g

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Provenance

from a Parsi family, originally from Bombay, and now based in northern England.

5136

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Large, Inscribed, High-Grade Silver Zoroastrian Ritual Ses Tray

Parsi (Parsee) People, India, probably Bombay
19th century

diameter: 35.3cm, weight: 956g

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Provenance

from a Parsi family, originally from Bombay, and now based in northern England.

4245

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Sri Lankan Chased, Oblong Silver Box

Kandy, Sri Lanka
circa 1900

length: 14.3cm, width: 7.8cm, height: 3.8cm, weight: 228g

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Provenance

UK art market