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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8752

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    Pair of Kutch Indian Silver Cormorant Rosewater Sprinklers

    Kutch, India
    circa 1890

    height: 29.5cm, width 7.8cm, combined weight: 574g

    Provenance

    UK art market

    8745

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      Indian Khandoba’s or Aiyanar’s Horse in Silver

      South India
      17th-18th century

      height: 13.2cm, length: 10.8cm, width: 4cm, weight: 148g

      Provenance

      UK art market

      8465

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        Large Indian Poona Silver Bowl

        Poona, India
        circa 1880

        width: approximately 26cm, height: 15.5cm, weight: 1,310g

        Provenance

        UK art market

        8717

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          Fine & Intricate Burmese Silver Bowl

          Burma (Myanmar)
          circa 1870

          width: approximately 18.5cm, height: approximately 10cm, weight: 476g

          Provenance

          UK art market

          8639

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            Colonial Indian Silver Cup by Pittar & Co.

            Calcutta, India
            1831-1848

            height: 11.5cm, width: 8.5cm, depth (including handle): 11.4cm, weight: 265g

            Provenance

            private collection, England

            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

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              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

                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

                            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

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                                        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

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                                          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

                                                            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

                                                                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

                                                                            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

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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

                                                                                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

                                                                                  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

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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

                                                                                        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

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                                                                                            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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                                                                                                  Dutch Colonial Chased, Oblong Silver Box

                                                                                                  Dutch East Indies, probably Batavia
                                                                                                  18th century

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

                                                                                                  Provenance

                                                                                                  UK art market