TUCKED away in an unassuming road in central London is the largest retail collection of fine antique silver in the world. If you’re looking to pick up some dazzling antiques, look no further than the London Silver Vaults.From sparkling jewellery, to decorative candle sticks, to a cucumber slice dated back to 1805, the vaults sell thousands of pieces of silverware.
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John Walter is the current proprietor at William Walter Antiques, a third generation silver dealer who first opened their doors back in 1940, to keep London’s silver hoard safe against the Nazi’s bombs.
The business was established by his grandfather William Walter in the 1930s. In fact, the majority of shops in this unique arcade are family affairs, handed down through the generations. The silverware in the Walter shop is predominantly Georgian.
You can pick up some relatively inexpensive gifts down here, including an antique Christening spoon at £35, silver napkin rings at £40, and argent picture frames for £50.On the other hand, a set of Tudor spoons will cost you tens of thousands.This is the place to come if you’re seeking impressive accoutrements for birthdays, weddings or other events. Again, it’s not necessarily too spendy, with items starting as low as £20.