Free Silver Valuations

Vernon and his team are happy to examine, appraise and value your silver items and collections. We have a comprehensive list of the finest private buyers and silver collectors in the UK and beyond.

Types of Silver and Values

Silver is a valuable metal that it very versatile and though the ages has been used to produce an extremely wide range of items from practical pieces such as teapots and cutlery to intricate jewellery. When considering the value of silver items there are different factors to consider and examine. 

Is the item silver or silver plated. It is sometimes the case that an item appears to be silver when actually it is silverplate (this means the item only has a very thin coating of silver, a silverplated item unfortuanetly is not as valuable as silver). If the item is silver it may well be sterling silver. Sterling silver is an alloy which consists largely of silver (around 92.5%) and the remaining 7.5% is another metal (pure silver is very soft and as a result it is not practical to produce items).

Modern or antique silver. Is the item antique or modern? Antique silver items do tend to carry more value particularly if they are from a respected maker or have unusual/collactable hallmarks. Hallmarks are many and varied but can provide some real insight into an items history such as an items maker, year and location of construction.

For all silver valuations and sales advice contact Vernon Ward.

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From the first telephone conversation I had with Vernon I knew I was speaking with a kind and caring man who was honest and truthful and would do his very best to sell my Cartier jewellery and small silver collection - and this is what he did! True to his word! I was drawn to Vernon’s business because of all the amazing reviews I had read on the website about him and his team. It seemed here was a man I could trust. And this is who I found him to be - totally trustworthy. He is as good as his word. He valued my items and within ten days he achieved what he said he would and sold them for the price he valued them at. Vernon and his assistant valuer, Haley were a delight to do business with and I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again. Vernon is a man of integrity and honesty and will tell you exactly what he thinks he can achieve for you. And he did just that! Thank you Vernon for your time, your honesty and your professionalism. I will be recommending you to friends and others without any hesitation because I know they will be dealing with someone they can trust. As I said above ‘you and your team are the real deal’. A very satisfied customer

Susan Lacey, Sussex - February 2024

Discreet Private Antique Sale

When selling the family silver, important antiques and jewellery, from my aristocratic and well-known family; we required a discreet private sale. After a great amount of research and searching the internet for dealers and auctioneers, we found the phenomenal agent Vernon Ward. After initial meetings, we instructed Vernon to sell our immense array of family heirlooms. Vernon is a real pleasure and wonderful to work with, his knowledge is outstanding, he exceeded our expectations by a long shot. I cannot recommend Vernon enough; his personality and knowledge are second to none. We will most certainly be doing business again, I wouldn’t ever contemplate using anyone else

Name not shown for client confidentiality, Brighton & Hove

Excellent service for antique silver

Vernon was so helpful when I wanted my antique silver valued. He was extremely knowledgeable and helpful with assessing my family’s silver. Highly recommended!

Natasha P - November 2019

Vernon was knowledgeable, likeable, honest, and straightforward

Vernon was recommended to me by a good friend when we were looking to sell off some family jewellery and silver and heirlooms. He could not have been more helpful and provided an outstanding service from the first phone call to the close out of the transaction. Knowledgeable, likeable, honest, and straightforward, Vernon's whole approach was very professional and undoubtedly saved me a very considerable sum in auction house fees and related charges. I would have absolutely no hesitation in using his services again and would strongly recommend him to anyone looking for a personal and very high quality service.

Air Vice-Marshal Bob Judson

Absolutely delighted with Vernon's visit to our estate

My wife and I were absolutely delighted with Vernon's visit to our estate along with his assistant valuer .They arrived on time and he undertook a full valuation of our silver collection for no charge. The time spent with us was also extremely enjoyable and highly professional. He also took time to value our jewellery. We would highly recommend him for those requiring a personal and private consultation. Many thanks indeed Vernon and your assistant valuer.

Mr and Mrs Turner, Sussex - Nov 2021

Full of praise for the advice given

Full of praise for the advice given by Vernon on how best to progress decision making by our PCC in Cumbria on what to do with a damaged ancient silver chalice. Wholeheartedly recommend him.

Rev Rodger Fox, Cumbria - November 2021

Vernon has been amazing

Vernon has been amazing we have a unique piece of silver we needed valued he has gone out of his way to help and advise us. We had contacted big auction houses who were rude and not interested can't recommend vernon enough.

Samuel, Richmond - January 2022

Valuation of silver ware and the experience of the experience

Vernon Ward is a man who wears his talents, like a bespoke Saville Row suit, perfectly fitting and with an authoritative style and swagger. This comment should be taken as a description of a man who knows his business and is happy too impart this knowledge to everyone who crosses his threshold with their wares. If you need an answer to the provenance and value of these wares, then with Vernon you are in skilled hands. I went with some silver tableware I had inherited. I knew it was not going to be worth a fortune and in fact, I felt a little troubled I may be wasting Vernon’s time. However, not only was his welcome as warm as a glass of mulled wine on a freezing late Autumn afternoon, I was instantly put at my ease with my offerings. Vernon was the antithesis of the person who likes to confuse. He was open, honest and to the point. This is all I needed and wished for. The visit restored my faith in what can be a carefree and troubling antiques world.

Tim Johnson, London - February 2022

Service one dreams of

I live in France and wanted to have some family silverware appraised. I sent a letter to Vernon on 22nd March and received a telephone call on 24th March. I was impressed by the responsiveness, knowledge, kindness and intellectual honesty that he showed during our exchange. I cannot recommend him highly enough. If anyone has an appraisal request similar to my own, I can assure them that they will not regret getting in touch with Vernon. A very pleasant human exchange above and beyond the business dimension. 5 star service. Bravo.

Michael, France - March 2022

A wonderful service

What a joy to meet Vernon. A very personal service which is so rare in this day and age. He was professional, polite, incredibly knowledgeable, and generous with his time, which he gave free of charge for the valuation of some miscellaneous bits of silver we had. He did exactly what he said he would, keeping us informed all the way through the process and 10 days after meeting he had sold all the items. We highly recommend his services and would definitely use him again. Thank you Vernon.

Wildi Sisters, Bucks - September 2022

He and his assistant could not have been more helpful

I wanted to know what the "family silver" was worth after the death of my father at 105. Having received a brush off from a firm offering on line valuation I got in touch with Vernon Ward. He and his assistant could not have been more helpful. I went to see them on a Friday and discussed what could be sold and what could not.He got to work over the weekend and by Tuesday I had received the money for the items sold. Exceptionally good service.

Wynne Aveling, Sussex - October 2022

Jewellery and silver sale

A positive experience from beginning to end. Vernon inspired confidence. He was totally honest and made no false promises. He worked tirelessly to achieve the best possible price for all my items and he kept me informed at every stage of the process. I could not be happier with the outcome. All items were sold within the time frame outlined in his terms and conditions and the monies, less his very reasonable commission, were promptly transferred to my bank account. My thanks go to Vernon and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend them and I wish them all the very best for the future.

Monique S, Sussex - March 2023

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Letter received from The South of England Agricultural Society - Patron: Her Majesty the Queen
on the extensive silverware collection that was valued for insurance purposes.

Dear Vernon, I write to thank you most sincerely for carrying out the valuation of the society's trophies during the South of England show.

Not only was this a considerable amount of work both in research and in valuing each of the trophies, but you operated in a very confined space where the trophies are displayed in the members pavilion. A challenge in more ways than one!

We are most appreciative of your expertise in valuing each trophy and for the detailed valuation documents which describe each trophy with weight and value.

We note that you have calculated the revised valuation figures realistically allowing for fluctuation for the next 10 year period.

Vernon, we are most grateful to you for all your help and assistance and for the professional manner in which you have carried out this task.

With Kind Regards
Your sincerely 
Deborah J Barber (MBE)

Original letter held by Vernon Ward 

Vernon was chosen above all leading auction houses and insurance companies to undertake this highly important documented report and schedule. Which consisted of silverware such as Silver salvers, silver candle sticks, important and rare silver statues, silver trophies, silver tea sets and much more and Vernon was recently approached by a London Firm of Solicitors acting on behalf of an estate for his services to reassess silver to the value in excess of seven and half million pounds.

Silver sale from aristocratic family

This eminate client had informed us prior to visiting our office that she had already gone to various auction houses and the estimates given along with the charges that would be incurred she felt she needed a further opinion. A visit was arranged, arriving from Bath, the fine silver (pictured below) was re-appraised and we were able to source a private collector within the time frame she requested, without incuring the high auction fees she would have been charged.   

Vernon was able to find a buyer for my silver quickly and the whole transaction was completed, very satisfactorily, within 72 hours

I visited Vernon in Brighton having travelled from Bath to see if he was interested in selling some silver of mine.  From the initial phone call through to the conclusion of the transaction Vernon was polite, courteous, professional, extremely knowledgeable and honest, but also very friendly and personable.  He was able to find a buyer for my silver quickly and the whole transaction was completed, very satisfactorily, within 72 hours.  I would not hesitate to recommend him and will certainly use him again in the future.

Arabella Burwood - May 2024

Examples of silver items that have been sold to private collectors/buyers

  • Antique Silver Candlesticks
  • Silver mirrors (both small and large)
  • Snuff boxes
  • Silver cutlery sets
  • Silver vases and bowls
  • Scottish Silver
  • Continental silver
  • Persian Silver
  • Chinese Silver
  • Silver Commercial flatware
  • Oriental Silver
  • Antique Silver Jewellery
  • Silver Plates
  • Silver Tea sets
  • Silver Cups and Trophies
  • Silver salvers
  • Irish Silver
  • Silver vinaigrettes
  • Islamic Silver
  • Silver coasters
  • Silver pocket watches
  • Silver Tureens
  • Rare silver statues
  • Silver chocolate pots
  • Georgian Silver
  • Victorian Silver
  • Edwardian Silver
  • English Silver
  • Russian Silver
  • Silver clocks 
  • Silver carriage clocks
  • Mens & ladies silver wristwatches
  • Silver Collections

Items sold range from as low as £50 to the highest being in excess of £300,000 to a private collector