I just came across The London Silver Vaults because I have been invited to 10, yes 10!!, weddings this year and I am bored of ordering off the registries. It seems sad to send something from Crate and Barrel when I am living in London.
So here you go… The London Silver Vaults, established in 1953, comprises 30 specialist shops offering the largest selection of antique and modern English silver for sale in the world. A number of dealers also sell jewellery, clocks and vintage watches. The perfect place to find wonderful gifts, source beautiful and practical silver for the home, commission special requests or where collectors can indulge their every whim. The London Silver Vaults is an unique and discreet retail experience. There are no end of classic British jewellers that make stunning and beautiful pieces of jewellery for their customers, jewellers such as Jacobs The Jeweller are ones to look at if you want to find that specific ‘jewel’ for yourself or somebody else.
Three times a year, a special themed selling exhibition is displayed. From October 3rd through to January 2012, The Cooks Kitchen: Culinary Silver & Gifts for Epicures takes a look at a host of typical and more unusual culinary silver created for the Georgian, Victorian and 20th century kitchen. From salad servers to salt cellars, and nutmeg graters to ladles of every size and purpose, food lovers should be fascinated by the variety of objects for sale.
Antique, vintage and modern silver brings a touch of sparkling luxury to the dinner table and home, and need not be expensive, or a nuisance to clean. Worried about having to constantly polish? According to the lady I spoke with at the Vaults, silver only becomes tarnished when left to languish unloved! Useful items such as cutlery, serving dishes and salt cellars, when utilised regularly, will keep their shine without the need for specialist cleaning devices – and if necessary, pieces can be given a quick buff with easy-clean silver mitts.
More information, including location, can be found here.
Happy treasure hunting!