Fine Silver Thali
Mughal or Deccan, India
early 18th century
Inventory no.: 97
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Parcel Gilt Silver Hookah Base
Northern India
19th century
Inventory no.: 597
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Michael Backman Ltd
Mughal & Islamic Indian Silver
Pair of Silver Mughal Rosewater Sprinklers
Northern India
circa 1700
Inventory no.: 1290
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Unusual Chased & Parcel Gilded Silver Water Flask (Surahi)
Lucknow, India
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 1294
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From where do we source our items? We do not go on buying trips to Asia. Nor do we actively buy from dealers or suppliers based in Asia. We do not source items
from India itself for example. Almost all the items stocked by Michael Backman Ltd have been sourced from the UK - from old collections. Countless items were brought to
the UK during the colonial era by colonial administrators and the like. Other items were made in Asia for export to the UK – the UK was wealthy early: it has been a major
destination for the world’s exports for hundreds of years.  This means that most of our items have been in the UK for at least sixty to two hundred years.

The conditions in which they have been kept often has been very good – the climate is kind, and there are relatively few pests. Many items were acquired as keepsakes
and curios, meaning that they stopped being used once they came to the UK. This too has helped to preserve them and their conditions often are far better than had they
remained in their home countries. Buying from old UK sources means that the items have good provenance; it helps to avoid fakes, and items that have been amended or
embellished. It also means that our items are obtained legally – today, most countries in Asia prohibit the export of their antiques. So, because of its colonial past, the UK is
perhaps the world’s biggest source of genuine antiques from Asia, perhaps more so than Asia itself, and that is the source into which we tap.

All the items on this page are available for sale. We are based in central London, but sell to clients around the world.  
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Exceptionally Fine Parcel-Gilt Silver Filigree Pandan
Deccan, India
18th century
Inventory no.: 1715
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Silver Pierced Mughal Mausoleum-shaped Incense Burner
North India
19th century
Inventory no.: 2079
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Silver Ring with Large Floral Bezel
Lucknow, India
18th century
Inventory no.: 2430
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Pair of Exceptional Parcel-Gilded Silver Filigree Salvers
Karimnagar, Deccan, India
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 2443
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Silver Hookah with Fine, Woven Pipe
India
19th century
Inventory no.: 2485
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Silver-Gilt Mughal-Style Horse Trapping
India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 2463
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Silver-Gilt Mughal-Style Horse Trapping
India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 2462
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Rare Pair of Gilded Silver Double Swan-Form Rosewater Sprinklers
Lucknow, India
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 2723
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Pair of Silver Rosewater Sprinklers
Northern India
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 2724
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Pair of Inscribed Silver Rosewater Sprinklers
Northern India
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 2725
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Silver Filigree Box
probably India
18th century-early 19th century
Inventory no.: 2732
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Silver Antimony Container
Northern India
circa 15th-16th century
Inventory no.: 3120
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Exceptional, Large & Rare Silver Ritual Wine Chalice
Pre-Islamic North-West Frontier (Nuristan), Afghanistan
16th-18th century
Inventory no.: 3355
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Enamelled Silver Hookah Vase
Lucknow, India
18th century
Inventory no.: 3601
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Rare, Gilded Chased & Engraved Silver Opium Poppy Pod-Shaped Chilam Cover
Rajasthan or Mughal, India
18th century
Inventory no.: 3663
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Silver Filigree Box
Karimnagar, India, or Dutch East Indies
18th-early 19th century
Inventory no.: 3728
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Chased Silver Mughal or Deccan Scent Bottle
Northern India
circa 17th century
Inventory no.: 3673
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Rare Agate Box with Chased Silver Mounts
India, probably Goa
circa 1700
Inventory no.: 4078
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