Allan Adler silverware
Allan Adler silverware is items of silverware designed by American silversmith Allan Adler.
Background and Description
Allan Adler began his silversmithing career as an apprentice in 1938. His style was heavily influenced by the Modernist art movement of the early 1900s.
By the 1940s, Adler’s name became synonymous with Hollywood glamour. He moved on from cutlery, flatware and hollowware to commissions for creating mini-Oscars for Academy Award winners, Miss Universe and Miss USA tiaras, silver bowls, candlesticks and goblets for celebrity clients. He even made a silver coffee urn for a John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign fundraiser.
His sterling was handwrought. In came in various patterns, including the Swedish modern pattern, the town & country pattern, the starlit pattern, the fiddle pattern, modern Georgian pattern, sunset pattern, and Chinese key pattern.
Collecting Allan Adler silverware
Adler silverware is extremely collectible. Some collectors may focus on the cutlery, flatware and hollowware created by Adler.
Others may be interested in the Hollywood and celebrity connections, and seek out items designed for these people. He was the silversmith of movie stars, and this gains him an additional following of collectors.
Value depends largely on how many pieces the lot comprises, as well as quality and rarity.
Single items or small sets of Allan Adler silverware can sell for a few hundred dollars. Complete service sets can sell for several thousand. For example, a silver ladle sold for $125 in 2006, a set of five salt/pepper shakers sold for $500 in 2012, and a salad serving set of 2 pieces sold for $700 also in 2006.
A 12 place setting sold on eBay for $5,877.77 in 2012. An Allan Adler complete silver flatware service with hundreds of pieces of cutlery and salt and pepper shakers sold for $27,600 at Christie’s in 2000.
If one of his more famous pieces, such as the beauty pageant tiaras or the Kennedy coffee urn came to auction, it would undoubtedly fetch a much greater amount.