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The London Silver Vaults: Purveyors of the finest British silver to Downton Abbey

On 24th June 2015 the cast of Downton Abbey will be leaving Highclere Castle and heading to London to support a very worthy cause by taking part in a charity cabaret performance for the Special Olympics GB Team at The Landmark Hotel, London. The event has attracted an international audience, and London Silver Vaults experts will be in attendance too, exhibiting and displaying a selection of the finest period silver to the 400 guests.  The London Silver Vaults has supplied much of the silverware to the Downton Abbey production team, and is widely regarded throughout the world as the go-to-source for antique silver.

 

An antique Victorian silver plate biscuit box circa 1870

An antique Victorian silver plate biscuit box circa 1870

Such is the fascination of the hit period drama, attracting a global audience of 120 million, that is has reignited interest in the period of British society in which the drama is set.  From the first series, set in 1912, right up to 1930s where the final series will close, the Downton Abbey effect has become something of a modern day phenomenon.  Magazines debate family feuds, young brides desire Downton Abbey style weddings and people are dining and drinking tea the as the Earl of Grantham and family might do.

An antique Victorian 3 piece Tea Set, Kettle and Tray. Perfect for afternoon tea, the Downton Abbey way!

An antique Victorian 3 piece Tea Set, Kettle and Tray. Perfect for afternoon tea, the Downton Abbey way!

It is no wonder then that there has been such an upsurge in demand for British silver, as people seek to adorn their homes with the pieces appearing on their screens, recreating dinner party scenes and owning items that represent these periods of our history. From cutlery sets to salt cellars and cocktail shakers to large candelabra – British silver is making a comeback and it is here to stay.

Egg coddlers were used to prepare eggs at the table. The eggs and a small measure of water are placed in the coddler. The burner underneath is filled with paraffin and lit. The eggs cook in the steam. This unusual example includes a set of 4 egg cups en-suite.

Egg coddlers were used to prepare eggs at the table.

The London Silver Vaults is a true hidden gem and the best kept secret luxury collection of shops on one of the oldest streets in London – Chancery Lane. As the name suggests, the shops are two floors below ground level and consists of underground passageways and a series of strong rooms where you will some of the world’s finest silver from the widest possible selection spanning 300 years of silver design.  Even before Downton Abbey was conceived, The London Silver Vaults had been supplying silver to royal households, celebrities and distinguished members of society for several generations.

An antique Victorian silver plate candelabra circa 1870. Dinners at Downton Abbey are always candlelit.

An antique Victorian silver plate candelabra circa 1870. Dinners at Downton Abbey are always candlelit.

On the evening of 24th June, The London Silver Vaults will be creating two Downton Abbey silver experiences for visitors to enjoy. On the mezzanine floor guests will be able to sit at a table laid for afternoon tea, reminiscent of that portrayed in the Crawley household.  In another room guests will be treated to an expertly curated selection of silver items characteristic of the Downton Abbey period.  Wines will be decanted, rare objects explained and expert knowledge imparted.

The London Silver Vaults is open to the public Monday-Friday 9am -5.30pm and Saturday 9am-1pm. No appointment necessary and all shops ship worldwide.

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