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Kutch Silver from India
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Fine Pair of Pepper Pots
Kutch, India
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 699
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High-Grade Silver Tea Caddy
Kutch, India
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 920
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Extremely Fine Six-Piece Silver Teaset
Kutch, India
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 1388
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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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Superb Three-Piece Tea Set
Kutch or Karachi, India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 2025
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Very Fine Chased Silver Cup
Kutch, India
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 2253
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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 & Ivory Tea Caddy with Silver Mounts
Kutch, India
circa 1880
Inventory no.: 2896
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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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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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