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.

    5254

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      Colonial Indian Silver Mug

      India, probably Calcutta
      circa 1840

      height: 9.2cm, weight: 172g

      Provenance

      private collection, Channel Islands.

      6813

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        Inscribed Silver Box Presented by Burma’s First Prime Minister U Nu

        Burma (Myanmar)
        dated 1957

        width: 12.2cm, height: approximately 7.1cm, weight: 166g

        Provenance

        private collection, London.

        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

                                                          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

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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

                                                                                                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