Our catalogue > Colonial Indian Silver

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

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

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

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

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6071

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Unusual Burmese Silver Bowl

Burma
late 19th century

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

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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

6257

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Rare Pair of Silver Tea Caddy Spoons by Oomersi Mawji

Bhuj, India, by the maker Oomersi Mawji
1860-1890

lengths: 10.6cm, combined weight: 54g

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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

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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

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UK art market

6159

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Sri Lankan Silver Round Box & Cover

Sri Lanka
circa 1920

diameter: 12.3cm, height: 7.4cm, weight: 275g

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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

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UK art market

6058

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Densely-Decorated Burmese Silver Bowl

Burma
19th century

diameter: 16cm, height: 9.8cm, weight: 466g

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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

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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

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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

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private collection, England

5613

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Rare Kutch Silver Child’s Rattle & Whistle

Kutch, India
circa 1880

length: 10.5cm, weight: 55g

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UK art market

5563

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Burmese Pierced & Chased Silver Betel Box & Stand

Burma
circa 1870

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

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UK art market

5681

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Colonial South Indian Gilded, Chased Silver Ink Stand

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

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

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UK art market

5646

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Fine, South Indian Silver Tinder Tube

Trichinopoly, South India
circa 1850

length: 18cm, weight: 52g

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UK art market

2025

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Superb Three-Piece Indian Silver Tea Set

Kutch or Karachi, India
circa 1900

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

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UK art market

4831

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Unusual South Indian Silver Beaker

Madras, India
circa 1870

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

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UK art market

4619

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Pair of Enamelled Silver Peacocks

Jaipur, India
circa 1870

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

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UK art market

3656

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Pair of Indian Heron-Shaped Silver Rosewater Sprinklers

India
circa 1900

heights: 22.5cm, combined weights: 523g

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UK art market

3300

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Fine Colonial Indian Teapot by Hamilton & Co.

Calcutta, India
circa 1830

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

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UK art market

3249

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Pair of Colonial Indian Kashmir Silver Candlesticks

Kashmir, India
circa 1860

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

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private collection, London.

2896

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

Kutch, India
circa 1880

height: 25cm, weight: 785g

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UK art market

3099

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Colonial Chinese-Style Silver Tray

Karachi, India/Pakistan
circa 1910

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

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UK art market

2926

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Indian Kutch Chased Silver Arabian Dallah-style Coffee Pot

Kutch, India
circa 1870

height: 22.8cm, weight: 641g

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from an important, private UK collection.

2931

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Colonial Indian Trichinopoly Silver 24-Piece Cutlery Set

Trichinopoly, South India & London
circa 1870

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

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from an important, private UK collection.

2929

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

Karachi, India/Pakistan
circa 1910

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

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private collection, UK.

4618

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Colonial Calamander Wood Document Box with Fine Silver Mounts

Sri Lanka
18th century

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

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UK art market

2927

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Indian Kutch Ceremonial Silver Trowel

Kutch, India
dated 1877

length: 29.5cm, weight: 287g

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private collection, UK.

2928

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Indian Kutch Ceremonial Silver Trowel

Kutch, India
dated 1874

length: 25.3cm, weight: 215g

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private collection, UK

3044

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

Sri Lanka
19th century

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

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private collection, London.

2212

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The Calcutta Memento Cup by Dass & Dutt

Calcutta, India
circa 1870

height: 44cm, weight: 1,464g

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UK art market

2222

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

India
circa 1890

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

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UK art market

1388

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Extremely Fine Six-Piece Silver Teaset

Kutch, India
circa 1880

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

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from a private UK collection

1843

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Colonial Indian Silver Brandy Warmer by Lattey Brothers & Co.

Calcutta, India
1843-1855

length: 19cm, weight: 254g

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UK art market

2013

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

Bombay, India
1903-1906

diameter: 32.3cm, weight: 1,108g

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UK art market.

4658

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Finely Carved South Indian Nut with Silver Mounts

South India, probably Madras
circa 1800

length: 10.2cm, weight: 108g

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UK art market

3152

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Sri Lankan Chased Silver Tray

Kandy, Sri Lanka
circa 1900

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

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1554

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Batavian Silver Filigree Paan Box

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

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

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from a Spanish/Portuguese collection.

1714

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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

699

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Fine Pair of Colonial Indian Silver Pepper Pots

Kutch, India
circa 1880

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height: 7.5cm, combined weight: 127g

840

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Sri Lankan Chased Silver Dish or Plate

Kandy region, Sri Lanka
19th century

diameter: 16.9cm, weight: 152g

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UK art market

1711

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Indian Parsee (Parsi) Engraved Silver Tray

Parsee Community, Bombay, India
circa 1900

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

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UK art market

1261

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Sri Lankan Chased Silver Dish

Kandy, Sri Lanka
19th century

diameter: 17.4cm, weight: 152g

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UK art market

2214

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Regimental Indian Silver Table Lighter by Hamilton & Co.

33rd Duke of Wellington Regiment, India
dated 1873

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

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UK art market

4240

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Chased Silver Lidded Box with Gujarati Inscription

India
18th-19th century

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

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UK art market

4572

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Batavian Colonial Silver Filigree Tray or Platter

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

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

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UK art market

5217

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Two Mughal Engraved Gilded Silver Boxes inset with Tortoiseshell Panels

North India
circa 1740

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

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Scottish art market

5254

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Colonial Indian Silver Mug

India, probably Calcutta
circa 1840

height: 9.2cm, weight: 172g

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private collection, Channel Islands.

5135

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Four Zoroastrian Ritual Objects in High-Grade Silver

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

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

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

5136

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

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

diameter: 35.3cm, weight: 956g

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

4245

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Sri Lankan Chased, Oblong Silver Box

Kandy, Sri Lanka
circa 1900

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

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UK art market