Michael Backman Ltd
Indian Colonial Silver
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Fine Pair of Pepper Pots
Kutch, India
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 699
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Repousse Silver Dish
Kandy, Sri Lanka (Ceylon )
19th century
Inventory no.: 840
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Unusual Chased & Parcel Gilded Silver Water Flask (Surahi)
Lucknow, India
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 1294
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Repoussed Silver Dish
Kandy, Sri Lanka
19th century
Inventory no.: 1261
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Extremely Fine Six-Piece Silver Teaset
Kutch, India
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 1388
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Indo-Portuguese Silver Filigree Paan Box
Dutch East Indies or Goa, India
17th century
Inventory no.: 1554
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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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Engraved Silver Tray
Parsee Community, Bombay, India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 1711
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Rare Carved Colonial Croquet Mallet with Chased Silver Mounts
Bombay, India
19th century
Inventory no.: 1714
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Colonial Silver Brandy Warmer by Lattey Brothers & Co.
Calcutta, India
1843-1855
Inventory no.: 1843
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Superb Three-Piece Tea Set
Kutch or Karachi, India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 2025
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Silver Presentation Salver Chased & Repoussed in High Relief, for the Prince of Wales Grenadiers
Bombay or Pune (Poona), India
1903-1906
Inventory no.: 2013
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Rare & Unusual Chased Silver Water Jug
India, probably Amritsar
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 2018
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Three-Piece Silver Tea Set in the Form of Ducks
India
circa 1890
Inventory no.: 2222
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Very Fine Chased Silver Cup
Kutch, India
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 2253
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Large Silver Regimental Trophy by Dass & Dutt
Calcutta, India
circa 1870
Inventory no.: 2212
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Regimental Silver Table Lighter by Hamilton & Co.
33rd Duke of Wellington Regiment, India
dated 1873
Inventory no.: 2214
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Chased Silver Box
Sri Lanka
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 2795
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Rare Parcel-Gilt Silver & Agate Snuff Box
Colonial India
circa 1740
Inventory no.: 2754
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Chased Mughal-Inspired Silver Rosewater Sprinkler
Kutch, India
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 2859
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Rare 24-Piece Silver Cutlery Set in Original Oak Box
Trichinopoly, South India & London
circa 1870
Inventory no.: 2931
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Chased Silver Arabian Dallah-style Coffee Pot
Kutch, India
1870
Inventory no.: 2926
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Ceremonial Silver Trowel
Kutch, India
dated 1877
Inventory no.: 2927
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Ceremonial Silver Trowel
Kutch, India
dated 1874
Inventory no.: 2928
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Rare & Unusual Ostrich Egg & Walrus Tusk Tea Caddy with Silver Mounts
Kutch, India
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 2896
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Three Heavy Silver Desk Boxes by Hamilton & Co.
Calcutta, India
circa 1820
Inventory no.: 3141
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Fine Chased Silver Box
Kandy, Sri Lanka
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 3138
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Repoussed Silver Tray
Kandy, Sri Lanka
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 3152
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Set of Eight Tea Cups & Saucers by J. Manikrai & Sons
Karachi, India/Pakistan
circa 1910
Inventory no.: 2929
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Silver Rosewater Sprinkler in the form of a Cormorant
Kutch, India
circa 1890
Inventory no.: 3233
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O.M. Bird-Shaped Silver Container by Oomersi Mawji
Kutch, India
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 2824
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Rare Chased Silver Lidded Box Inset with Semi-Precious Stones
Sri Lanka
19th century
Inventory no.: 3044
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Pair of Chased Silver Candlesticks
Kashmir, India
circa 1860
Inventory no.: 3249
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Large, Chased Silver Bowl
Lucknow, India
19th century
Inventory no.: 3235
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Chinese-Style Silver Tray
Karachi, India/Pakistan
circa 1910
Inventory no.: 3099
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Magnificent Silver Teapot by Hamilton & Co.
Calcutta, India
circa 1830
Inventory no.: 3300
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Three Silver Beakers Chased in High Relief
Parsee (Parsi) Community, Bombay (Mumbai), India
19th century
Inventory no.: 3586
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Pair of Heron-Shaped Silver Rosewater Sprinklers
India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 3656
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Large Chased Silver Claret Jug
Kutch, India
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 3748
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Pierced Silver Dish & Handle
Kutch, India
circa 1890
Inventory no.: 3897
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Chased Silver Lidded Box with Gujarati Inscription
India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 4240
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