Collection of rare silver to be auctioned

Brian and Muriel Hinchcliffe collection
Brian and Muriel Hinchcliffe collection
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A Sheffield collection of rare silver is set to shine when it goes under the hammer at auction.

The unusual pieces, which include a variety of sought-after Russian items, were collected by Sheffield enthusiast Brian Hinchcliffe and his wife Muriel, who began building it up in the early 1990s.

The couple went on to develop one of the finest collections of early British silver spoons in the country and, after Muriel died, Brian continued to add to the collection on his own.

Now, following Brian’s death, their family have put the collection up for auction.

Among the items, expected to generate keen interest this week, is a Sheffield silver George IV gravy boat from around 1823, sets of Victorian and George III dinner plates, a George V Toby jug and a late 19th century square tea caddy by Ivan Petrovich Khlebnikov.

Julian Thomson, of Anderson and Garland, said: “Brian Hinchcliffe was a well-known and avid local collector and over the years he amassed a fine array of spectacular items including many rare and extremely unusual pieces.

“Russian silver in particular is considered to be especially desirable at the moment and we have a wonderful selection of cream jugs, beakers and several delightful spoons.”

Colleague Susan Rumfitt added: “I know the family have really enjoyed getting the collection together.

“They’ve kept coming across interesting pieces and finding things they’d forgotten about or not seen since they were children, so it’s been lovely for them to be able to remember Brian and Muriel in this way.”

The collection will go under the hammer at Newcastle-based Anderson and Garland’s Fine Art & Antiques sale on Wednesday.

In 2009, collector Brian donated 59 spoons dating from the 14th to 18th centuries and considered to be one of the finest examples of early British silver spoons in the country to Sheffield’s Millennium Galleries.

n Visit Anderson & Garland for more information on the sale.