Antique Repousse Silver
Antique Repousse Silver is a specific style of decorated silverware.
Repousse is metalwork technique and method of designing patterns and/or pictures by pushing out the surface of an item in order to make decorative designs, which was a very popular style of decor for sterling silver items during the 17th and 18th centuries. (The term "repousse" is French for "to push back").Brief history and description
Not just limited to silver, repousse was a popular technique in designing various other materials such as gold, copper, tin, bronze and much more.
Guide for collectors
Complete sets of antique repoussé silver cutlery or silverware is considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors. Antique Chinese repousse silver items are also considered to both incredibly rare and expensive.
Restoration of an antique repoussé silver item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring an antique repousse silver item may decrease its value.
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Repousse Silver Goblets
Case Antiques, Inc. in Knoxville, Tennessee sold a set of 12 Gorham sterling silver goblets with a grape and cable repousse pattern for $5,600 in April of 2008.
Repousse Silver Hair brushes
Bill Hood & Sons Art & Antique Auctions in Delray Beach sold a three-piece Gorham sterling repousse silver brush and comb along with a mirror set for $100 in June of 2006.
Repousse Silver Plaques
An antique sterling repousse silver plaque is worth between $150 and $200.
Repousse Silver Candlesticks
A pair of antique repousse silver candlesticks are worth around $600.
Repousse Silver Cutlery
Great Gatsby's Antiques and Auctions sold a lot of 111 pieces of S. Kirk & Son Repousse sterling silver flatware consisting of forks, teaspoons, knives, and various serving pieces for $5,100 in April of 2011.
Repousse Silver Perfume bottles
An antique sterling repousse silver perfume bottle is worth around $125.
Repousse Silver Mirrors
An antique repousse silver hanging mirror is worth around $25.
Antique Chinese repousse silver boxes
Lewis & Maese Antiques in Houston, Texas sold an antique Chinese repousse sterling silver box for $7,250 in April of 2011.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)