Fine Antique Silver & Objects of Vertu
Daniel Bexfield specialises in Fine Antique Silver and Objects of Vertu, dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The shop is at 5 Cecil Court, Covent Garden, London, mostly stocks English hallmarked silver, with an extensive range from impressive centrepieces, tea services and large canteens of cutlery to small, highly individual items. Prices range from £200 to £150,000. Also stocked are some continental silver pieces and fine jewellery.
Daniel Bexfield Antiques prides itself on only stocking items that are in supreme condition. All are sterling silver, silver-plated items are not sold.
Visitors to the shop range from experienced devotees and collectors to those just embarking on making their first cherished acquisitions and seeking expert advice. Celebrity visitors have often brought the small historical arcade to a virtual standstill. They include Eric Clapton, President Bill Clinton, Dustin Hoffman, Hugh Laurie and Martina Navratilova.
Daniel Bexfield is one of the country's best-known and respected specialists in Fine Quality Silver today. His standing is built on an unrivalled passion for superb silver pieces made across four centuries. Daniel's interest in antique silver started when he left school and began working in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, in a general antiques shop.
But Daniel quickly developed an eye for silver, honing his knowledge further when he branched out with his own stall at markets around the country but most notably at London's famous Portobello Road and the Bond Street Antiques Centre. In 1998 Daniel opened the doors of Daniel Bexfield Antiques in the capital's prestigious Burlington Arcade, in the heart of Mayfair, where he traded successfully for 15 years. However, due to a change of Landlord he was given no choice but to leave the Arcade, but has now opened a larger, more exciting shop in Cecil Court.
Recognition of Daniel's unparalleled knowledge in antique silver followed with countless interview requests and television appearances, ranging from Cash in the Attic, Going For A Song and Car Booty to Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and the aptly-named Trust Me, I'm A Dealer.
Daniel is a director of the British Antique Dealers Association (BADA) and a member The Association of Art and Antique Dealers (LAPADA) and the Confederation Internationale des Negociants en Oeuvres d'Art (CINOA). He is also publishing editor of The Finial, the bi-monthly magazine for The Silver Spoon Club of Great Britain. Book credits include the Buyer's Guide, Silver & Plate, from Miller's Publications.
"The subject of antique silver and unique pieces is so vast that I have never wanted to do anything else," he says. "I am driven to keep finding perfect items that are sure to enhance any stellar collection". To be found most days at the shop, Daniel is as pleased to share his considerable knowledge with those taking their first tentative steps into the fascinating world of silver collecting as with other devotees examining the many merits of splendid, rare and beautiful silver acquisitions.
Daniel guarantees that all pieces are in excellent condition and are without damage or repair (unless otherwise stated). He prides himself on only dealing with the best and, as a result, rejects the majority of the pieces he sees. "Antiques do not have to be in poor condition just because they are old," he says.
A full written receipt is always given including all relevant information with purchases, such as dates, makers, condition and provenance. Daniel Bexfield Antiques' high customer care standard has seen it returned with an enduring loyalty from regular clients both in person and online. As a member of BADA, LAPADA and CINOA he abides by the associations' rules and regulations.
Cecil Court is a delightful and traditional walk-through between St. Martins Lane and Charing Cross Road. Mainly known for its antiquarian book, print and map shops, it is just up from Trafalgar Square and a stone’s throw from Leicester Square - and where Mozart stayed on his first trip to London. Gentleman landlord, Lord Salisbury, upholds Cecil Court as a place for independent, owner-occupied shops – making it probably the last remaining street in central London without an ‘international brand’ to dominate it.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday; 11am to 7.30pm
The nearest underground stations are Leicester Square and Charing Cross.
(Leicester Square tube station is a one minute walk - take Exit 1, turn left, Cecil Court is 2nd left)
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We have a large following of collectors from across the world who come to us for their specialised items, such as snuff boxes, vinaigrettes, caddy spoons, sovereign cases, pens and pencils, scent bottles and early spoons. But our clients are not only collectors. Some are investors who purchase from us - and receive the added benefit of getting immense pleasure from temporarily owning their prize silver investments. Daniel Bexfield Antiques undertakes Insurance and Probate Valuations as well as cataloguing and photographing collections and bidding on behalf of clients at major auction houses.
Daniel Bexfield Antiques has its own workshop, where dedicated craftsmen carefully clean and rejuvenate silver items to their former glory. The workshop offers a cleaning and repairing service, as well as the fitting and supplying of Bristol Blue Glass liners for salt cellars, mustard pots, sugar baskets and so on.
Even though we do not sell silver-plated wares, we can arrange for pieces to be re-plated to a high standard, with either a modern or antique finish.
Daniel Bexfield Antiques