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OUR SERVICES

Durability is one of silver’s greatest attributes. In light of that, Langfords is happy to give candid professional advice on buying, selling, commissioning, embellishing and taking care of your silverware and keep it looking good for many years to come

Virtual Visits

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If you’re not ready or able to visit us in-store yet, our virtual appointments are a good alternative to a shop visit.  Have a consultation with Joel or Adam via video call and enjoy the same personal shopping experience with advice from the experts as if you were with us in the shop.

To book an appointment, just contact us.

Bespoke Commissions

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Brothers Joel and Adam are the third generation of Langfords to run the family business, taking the helm in 1991. Our overriding philosophy is to employ integrity in the way we run our business and everything we do.

We identify top quality pieces that are excellent examples in their class; or rare, unusual and quirky items. Each piece we buy has to meet our stringent criteria for perfection and has been carefully selected by us and properly vetted. All our antique silver is described correctly and sold in perfect condition to ensure our customers will never be disappointed by the quality.

Interior Design

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Joel and Adam are as passionate about contemporary silver as they are antiques. They believe in investing in new design and technology to keep silver relevant as a good looking and modern material for the 21st century. Their vast experience and knowledge of silver has put Langfords in a strong position to be innovative - designing modern pieces for contemporary living - as well as supplying fine antique silver.

Langfords is an active member of the industry's trade association LAPADA. As well as hosting a stand at LAPADA's prestigious Berkeley Square Fair each September, both Joel and Adam have vetted silver at LAPADA's other respected antique fairs across the country.

Repairs & Restoration

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Repairs to antique silver or silver plate need to be done professionally and sympathetically, commensurate with the function, quality and value of the piece. We have some of the most experienced silversmiths who undertake anything from simple repairs to conservation and museum standard restoration.

If you have a piece in need of restoration, please contact us to discuss your requirements. and we can advise the best way to have it repaired while maintaining its value.

Replating

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Even top-quality silver-plated cutlery, trays and tableware in constant use may need a refresh from time to time. If the silver plate is thick enough, a professional polish will bring back the lustre and shine. If any of your pieces need replating, Langfords advises applying a minimum of ten microns of silver to hollowware and 20 microns to cutlery which ensures they are in tip-top condition and not need replating for years. On request, Langfords will assess your pieces for condition and levels of silver plate and advise if any action is required.

All replating will be accompanied by a card guaranteeing the gauge of silver plate.

Engraving

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Hand-engraving gives the most elegant finish and brings depth and character to the silver. We offer a wide range of styles and finishes; traditional hand-engraving, machine-engraving and CAD engraving with the latest hi-tech machines. Modern laser-engraving and photo-etching are also available.

  • Inscriptions & initials
  • Crests & coats-of-arms
  • Company logos
  • All languages eg Chinese, Russian, Hebrew
  • Facsimile engraving of your own handwriting or signature
  • Images copied from photographs
  • Free-hand artwork

Click here to view our range of engraving styles and fonts

Quotations and guaranteed deadlines will be given prior to any work being undertaken. If, for any reason, your piece is unsuitable for engraving or etching we have alternative ideas to enable you to personalise your gifts. For instance: wood or stone plinths with silver bands are perfect for trophies that require annual winners’ names and adds prestige to the award.

Lacquering

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Polished silver is sometimes lacquered to protect against tarnish and prevent over-polishing. Our modern, durable lacquer is the most up-to-date product available. Unlike the old processes, it will not yellow over time, it does not flake off and, if scratched, will only discolour on that specific area. The air and its tarnishing effect will not spread under the lacquer surface and the piece will look pristine for many years.

Wedding Lists

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We’ve been helping couples create their perfect wedding lists for more than 30 years, often centred around a practical and beautiful selection of timeless tableware to set the couple up for life. With our vast array of antique and new silver you can build a unique list of individual pieces that won’t be seen anywhere else, will last a lifetime and know that they are unique. We can also offer a large range of complementary china and crystal from the most prestigious manufacturers.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Cutlery Matching

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If you are missing pieces from your silver flatware or cutlery set, Langfords has an extensive stock of antique flatware patterns spanning more than 200 years. We also produce new cutlery in practically every pattern made in the UK, France, Italy and Germany.

To help us match your silver cutlery as perfectly as possible it is always best to provide sample pieces but we can work with good clear photographs, accurate sizing and details of the hallmarks.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Cutlery Cases & Canteens

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We have a range of antique and vintage oak, walnut or mahogany cutlery canteens in a variety of styles that we refurbish. The interiors are refitted with tarnish-proof fabric to accommodate any cutlery set whether new or antique.

Alternatively, we have employed English cabinet makers for more than 40 years who make bespoke cutlery cases in the style and size of your choosing. Our bespoke cases are made from sustainably-sourced seasoned wood, or composite materials, that will withstand reasonable temperature and moisture changes without shrinking or warping.

Silverware for Hire

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Langfords has a history of supplying the film industry with props and expert for TV and film productions. Our grandfather had a long association with Sir Alexander Korda’s London film studios in the 1930s and 1940s, and more recently, our silverware has featured in productions for BBC Drama and Walt Disney Pictures.

Our entire range is available for long or short-term hire for film and TV productions, photoshoots, property styling and more. Adam and Joel will advise on the appropriate pieces, usage and placement of silverware for the context and period.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Selling Your Silver

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We will gladly give you a valuation and advise on the best way for you to sell your silver, whether through Langfords, an auction house or any other third party. If you would like to find out more contact Joel or Adam.

Presentation & Packaging

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Perfect gifts demand perfect presentation. Every piece you buy can be supplied in Langfords’ stylish and distinctive packaging on request.

Whether contemporary or traditional in style we can make custom cases or packaging in a variety of materials (leather, wood, satin, velvet) to your specific requirements. Your own company’s corporate branding can also be incorporated.