Our catalogue > Colonial Indian & Burmese 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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6728

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    Historically Important Colonial Silver Standing Cup Relating to the British Conquest of Java, 1811, Inscribed & Dated

    colonial silversmith either in India, probably Calcutta, or Batavia, East Indies.
    circa 1810

    height: approximately 55cm, width: 38.5cm, depth: 26cm, weight: 5,550g

    Provenance

    private collection, UK; previously sold at Sotheby's London, 1991.

    6724

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      Unusual Indian Silver Fish Rosewater Sprinkler

      Northern India
      19th century

      length: approximately 23cm, height: 16.7cm, depth: 6.7cm, weight: 492g

      Provenance

      private collection, UK.

      6582

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        Colonial Indian Silver Marrow Spoon or Scoop by Hamilton & Co.

        Calcutta, India
        circa 1820

        length: 25.5g, weight: 76g

        Provenance

        UK art market

        6583

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          Unusual Burmese Silver Handled Cup or Vase

          Burma (Myanmar)
          circa 1890

          height: 19cm, width: 21cm, weight: 674g

          Provenance

          UK art market

          6577

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            Fine, Burmese Silver Bowl with Scenes from the Vessantara Jataka

            Burma (Myanmar)
            circa 1880

            diameter: 18cm, weight: 595g

            Provenance

            UK art market

            6461

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              Colonial Indian Fine, Engraved Silver Goblet

              Lucknow, India
              circa 1880

              diameter: 7.1cm, height: 14.9cm, weight: 204g

              Provenance

              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

                Provenance

                private collection, London.

                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

                  Provenance

                  UK art market

                  6454

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                    Fine, Sri Lankan Silver Box Decorated with Bherunda Motifs

                    Kandy, Sri Lanka
                    circa 1890

                    length: 21.2cm, width: 10.5cm, height: 8.5cm, weight: 530g

                    Provenance

                    UK art market

                    6139

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                      Colonial Silver-Mounted Coconut Cup

                      probably Colonial Sri Lanka
                      18th century

                      height: 12cm, diameter: 11cm weight: 167g

                      Provenance

                      UK art market

                      6015

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                        Colonial Indian Silver Mug by Hamilton & Co.

                        Calcutta, India
                        circa 1850

                        height: 12.5cm, diameter of mouth: 8cm, weight: 242g

                        Provenance

                        UK art market

                        6056

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                          Indian Silver Column Lamp with Hamsa Finial Presented & Inscribed to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

                          India
                          20th century

                          height: 43cm, diameter of base: 14.3cm, weight: 522g

                          Provenance

                          Given to Mr Barry Williams, police bodyguard to Prime Minister Thatcher by Dennis Thatcher, the Prime Minister's husband.

                          5867

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                            Kashmiri Kashkul-form Chased Silver Bowl, Inscribed & dated ‘Gulmarg, 1902’

                            Kashmir, India
                            dated 1902

                            length: 28.6cm, height: 17.8cm, width: 14.3cm, weight: 520g

                            Provenance

                            UK art market

                            6071

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                              Unusual Burmese Silver Bowl

                              Burma
                              late 19th century

                              diameter: 22.5cm, height: 14cm, weight: 1,153g

                              Provenance

                              UK art market

                              6118

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                                Burmese Repoussed & Engraved Silver Octagonal Dish

                                Burma
                                circa 1910

                                diameter: 18cm, weight: 290g

                                Provenance

                                UK art market

                                6014

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                                  Small Chased & Repoussed Burmese Silver Bowl

                                  Burma
                                  late 19th century

                                  height: 8cm, diameter: 8.3cm, weight: 140g

                                  Provenance

                                  private collection, England

                                  5563

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                                    Burmese Pierced & Chased Silver Betel Box & Stand

                                    Burma
                                    circa 1870

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

                                    Provenance

                                    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

                                      Provenance

                                      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

                                        Provenance

                                        UK art market

                                        6123

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                                          Important Indo-Portuguese Goa Seychelles Nut Vessel with Silver Mounts

                                          Goa, India
                                          circa 1750

                                          height: 28.3cm, length: 32cm, width: 13.7cm, weight: 1.295g

                                          Provenance

                                          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

                                            Provenance

                                            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

                                              Provenance

                                              UK art market

                                              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

                                                Provenance

                                                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

                                                  Provenance

                                                  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

                                                    Provenance

                                                    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

                                                      Provenance

                                                      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

                                                        Provenance

                                                        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

                                                          Provenance

                                                          UK art market

                                                          2927

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                                                            Indian Kutch Ceremonial Silver Trowel

                                                            Kutch, India
                                                            dated 1877

                                                            length: 29.5cm, weight: 287g

                                                            Provenance

                                                            private collection, UK.

                                                            2928

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                                                              Indian Kutch Ceremonial Silver Trowel

                                                              Kutch, India
                                                              dated 1874

                                                              length: 25.3cm, weight: 215g

                                                              Provenance

                                                              private collection, UK

                                                              6389

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                                                                Rare, Indo-Portuguese Ceremonial Gilded Silver Filigree Flower Basket

                                                                Indo-Portuguese Goa, India
                                                                second half of the 17th century

                                                                height: 10.2cm, diameter: 6.6cm, weight: 136g

                                                                Provenance

                                                                previously in a private house, Bangkok, Thailand

                                                                6286

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                                                                  Chased & Repoussed Burmese Silver Bowl (Thabeik)

                                                                  Burma (Myanmar)
                                                                  circa 1880

                                                                  diameter: 15cm, height: 9.4cm, weight: 343g

                                                                  Provenance

                                                                  UK art market

                                                                  2212

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                                                                    The Calcutta Memento Cup by Dass & Dutt

                                                                    Calcutta, India
                                                                    circa 1870

                                                                    height: 44cm, weight: 1,464g

                                                                    Provenance

                                                                    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

                                                                      Provenance

                                                                      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

                                                                        Provenance

                                                                        from a private UK collection

                                                                        6507

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                                                                          Monumental Silver-Inlaid Bidri Flask & Stopper (Surahi)

                                                                          Bidar, Deccan, India
                                                                          late 18th century

                                                                          height: 45cm, weight: width: 22cm, weight: approximately 6kg

                                                                          Provenance

                                                                          European art market

                                                                          6454

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                                                                            Fine, Sri Lankan Silver Box Decorated with Bherunda Motifs

                                                                            Kandy, Sri Lanka
                                                                            circa 1890

                                                                            length: 21.2cm, width: 10.5cm, height: 8.5cm, weight: 530g

                                                                            Provenance

                                                                            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

                                                                              Provenance

                                                                              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

                                                                                Provenance

                                                                                UK art market

                                                                                1714

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                                                                                  Rare Colonial Indian Carved Croquet Mallet with Chased Silver Mounts

                                                                                  Bombay, India
                                                                                  19th century

                                                                                  length: 86cm, width of head: 14.8cm

                                                                                  Provenance

                                                                                  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

                                                                                    Provenance

                                                                                    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

                                                                                      Provenance

                                                                                      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

                                                                                        Provenance

                                                                                        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

                                                                                          Provenance

                                                                                          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

                                                                                            Provenance

                                                                                            Scottish art market

                                                                                            5254

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                                                                                              Colonial Indian Silver Mug

                                                                                              India, probably Calcutta
                                                                                              circa 1840

                                                                                              height: 9.2cm, weight: 172g

                                                                                              Provenance

                                                                                              private collection, Channel Islands.

                                                                                              5135

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                                                                                                Four Parsi 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

                                                                                                Provenance

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

                                                                                                5136

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

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

                                                                                                  diameter: 35.3cm, weight: 956g

                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                    Provenance

                                                                                                    UK art market