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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8442

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    Tanjore Rosewater Sprinkler overlaid with Silver & Brass

    Tanjore (Thanjavur), South India
    late 19th century

    height: 27.2cm, width: 9.4cm, weight: 502g

    Provenance

    UK art market

    8485

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      Burmese Silver Model of a Stupa

      Burma
      late 19th century

      height: 32.3cm, width: 18.1cm, weight (with stand): 1,184g, weight of silver: 270g

      Provenance

      UK art market

      6997

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        Unusual Kashmir Silver Cobra Candlesticks

        Kashmir, India
        circa 1880

        width: 7cm, height: 18.1cm, combined weight: 354g

        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

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          Scottish art market

          6576

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            Fine, Burmese Repoussed Silver Bowl

            Burma
            circa 1890

            width: approximately 23cm, height: approximately 14.5cm, weight: 1,153g

            Provenance

            UK art market

            7198

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              Indo-Portuguese Parcel-Gilt Silver Bezoar Stone Box

              West India, probably Gujarat or Goa
              circa 1700

              height: 6cm, diameter: 4.5cm, weight: 45g

              7034

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                Large Repousse & Enamelled Silver Shiva Mask

                Maharashtra or Karnataka, India
                18th-19th century

                height: 43cm, width: 19.5cm, weight: 1,009g

                Provenance

                private collection, UK.

                6905

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                  North Indian Silver Rosewater Sprinkler

                  Northern India
                  19th century

                  height: 31.1cm, width: 8.8cm, depth: 7cm, weight: 249g

                  Provenance

                  UK art market

                  6846

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                    Parsi Ritual Silver Ses or Sace Cone (Soparo)

                    Northern India
                    dated 1933

                    diameter: 17.3cm, height: 34.5cm, weight: 787g

                    Provenance

                    UK art market

                    6996

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                      Kashmir Tall Silver Flask

                      Colonial Silver Kashmir Indian Flask
                      circa 1870

                      diameter: approximately 14cm, height: 30.2cm, weight: 518g

                      Provenance

                      UK art market

                      7134

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                        Pair of Indian Silver Deer for a Religious Altar

                        India, Bombay (Mumbai) or the Deccan
                        19th century

                        width of base: 4.3cm, length of base: 8.2cm, height: 9.6cm, combined weight: 355g

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                        UK art market

                        6727

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                          Massive Indian Silver Presentation Footed Bowl & Stand

                          Madras, India
                          dated 1898

                          height of bowl: 35cm, width (handle to handle): 53cm, depth: approximately 41cm, overall height (with stand): 55cm, weight of bowl: 4,586g

                          Provenance

                          private collection, UK

                          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.

                            5254

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                              Colonial Indian Silver Mug

                              India, probably Calcutta
                              circa 1840

                              height: 9.2cm, weight: 172g

                              Provenance

                              private collection, Channel Islands.

                              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

                                  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

                                      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

                                              6118

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                                                Burmese Repoussed & Engraved Silver Octagonal Dish

                                                Burma
                                                circa 1910

                                                diameter: 18cm, weight: 290g

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                                                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

                                                  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

                                                    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

                                                      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

                                                          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

                                                            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

                                                                              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

                                                                                  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

                                                                                          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