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ALASTAIR DICKENSON

Alastair has been in silver for over 35 years starting at one of London's major auction houses in 1971. In 1983 he was appointed Head of Antique Silver at Asprey, eventually becoming a Director of the Antiques Department in 1994.



In 1996 he started up his own business in Jermyn Street, together with his former Asprey assistant, Melanie Cuchet, who has now worked with him for over 20 years.



During the last 13 years we have bought some of the finest pieces to have come on the market including the Rockingham wine cistern for a hammer price of £1.3 million, the second highest price ever paid at auction for a piece of English silver in the United Kingdom. More recently we acquired the Albert Collection which was one of the largest to have sold through the London trade numbering over 600 pieces.

In January 2010 Christies New York sold the silver collection of the late Benjamin Edwards , 90% of which was purchased through ourselves and even though most had been bought within the last 5 years some very respectable prices were achieved. This reinforces our view that it is always the best policy to buy the best silver.



Although we specialize in fine and important silver from the 16th to 19th centuries we are always keen to purchase large collections or just single pieces privately. One of the strongest areas of our business is that relating to small collectable silver such as wine labels, caddy spoons, vinaigrettes, boxes, rattles, vesta cases, etc. We have helped many clients build up important collections by supplying the finest examples available. To this extent we frequently advise clients about forthcoming auctions buying for them on commission.



Those of you who watch the BBC's Antiques Roadshow may have seen Alastair appear from time to time, since he has taken part in this popular programme for 19 years. Other biographical details include:



A Freeman and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

A Freeman of the City of London.

A member of the Court of the Guild of Art Scholars, Dealers and Collectors.

A former member of the Council of the British Antique Dealers Association.

Chairman of silver vetting at November Olympia Antiques Fair.

Silver vetting committee member for the Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair.

Expert advisor to the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

Member of the Antique Plate Committee at The Goldsmiths' Hall.



We hope you enjoy browsing through our website and if you are looking for a particular piece that is not illustrated then please call us.

Products of Alastair Dickenson

  • Antique

    ALASTAIR DICKENSON - an impressive set of four regency coasters - Coaster

    AN IMPRESSIVE SET OF ... an impressive set of four regency coaste

    A good set of four George III Silver-gilt coasters, the sides pierced and embossed with fruiting ...

    Price upon request
  • Antique

    ALASTAIR DICKENSON - an important george ii cup and cover - Decorative Cup

    AN IMPORTANT GEORGE ... an important george ii cup and cover

    fine and heavy George II cup and cover in the baroque style. The stepped and domed spreading base ...

    Price upon request
  • Antique

    ALASTAIR DICKENSON - prize dog collar - collier de chien - Identification Tag

    PRIZE DOG COLLAR - ... prize dog collar - collier de chien

    An unusual George IV dog collar, the side engraved with an oblong cartouche with incurved corners ...

    Price upon request
  • Antique

    ALASTAIR DICKENSON - cassette autrichienne en argent et email - Jewellery Box

    AUSTRIAN BOX OF ... cassette autrichienne en argent et email

    A pretty 19th century Austrian box of bellied oblong shape, the lower corners with gilt openwork ...

    Price upon request
  • Antique

    ALASTAIR DICKENSON - toy saucepan - Saucer

      toy saucepan

    A good George 1 toy saucepan of flared circular shape and with turned wooden handle. Price Code: ( ...

    Price upon request
  • Antique

    ALASTAIR DICKENSON - a highly important and rare charles ii oval dish - Serving Dish

      a highly important and rare charles ii o

    The cypher is that of Catherine, wife of the 6th Earl of Thanet, daughter of the 2nd Duke of ...

    Price upon request
  • Antique

    ALASTAIR DICKENSON - an interesting queen anne tobacco box - Snuffbox

    AN INTERESTING QUEEN ... an interesting queen anne tobacco box

    A Queen Anne Tobacco Box with pull-off lid, the latter finely engraved with contemporary arms ...

    Price upon request
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