Daniel Bexfield Antiques specialises in Fine Quality Silver and Objects of Vertu dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The shop is at 26 Burlington Arcade, London - the world's first-ever shopping arcade - and 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 dealership.
But Daniel quickly developed an eye for silver, honing his knowledge further when he branched out with his own stalls 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 has been trading successfully ever since.
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.
Situated in the heart of London's Mayfair on Piccadilly and running parallel with Old Bond Street, The Burlington Arcade is an integral part of London's long-established fine arts and fine shopping heritage. The arcade neighbours The Royal Academy of Arts, Saville Row, Fortnum & Mason, Tiffany & Co., Cartier and the major fashion houses. The arcade is within walking distance of most central hotels including Browns, Claridges, The Meridian and The Ritz.
The nearest underground stations are Piccadilly Circus and Green Park (a two minute walk from either) and just a short taxi ride from Park Lane. There is a multi-story car park in Old Burlington Street.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday; 9.00am to 6.00pm
The Burlington Arcade was the first - and oldest - shopping arcade in the world. Built in 1819 by Lord Cavendish, who lived next door in Burlington House (now the Royal Academy of Arts), the arcade has always hosted some of the capital's finest retailers - independent shops selling everything from cashmere pullovers, fine jewellery, latest fashion, perfumes and leather goods to quality silver and high-end antiques. The arcade is patrolled by the country's first private police force - The Beadles. Dressed in 19th century uniforms to this day, they uphold the Victorian laws that still abide in the arcade today including no singing, whistling, running, begging or touting!
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 on the top floor, 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.
The hard work and combined efforts of Daniel, shop manager Matthew Raymond and the team ensure the smooth running of this small but much respected antique silver retailer. Their focus is primarily on quality and customer service and to maintain the appeal of both shop displays and the website on a year-round basis. Due to their success in this area Daniel Bexfield Antiques has been nominated and short-listed for the coveted Specialist Silver Dealer and Antiques on the Internet awards at The British Antique & Collectables Awards for four consecutive years.
Daniel Bexfield Antiques