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
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.
Langfords offers a complete bespoke and commissioning service, and no project is too big or too small. Using traditional silversmithing skills, combined with 21st century technology, our designers and silversmiths craft beautiful, long-lasting and high-quality pieces that will be cherished for years to come and go on to become future heirlooms. We not only meet our clients’ highest expectations, we often exceed them, always delivering on time and within budget. We’d be delighted to discuss your ideas and custom requirements in more detail.
Britain’s silversmiths are still the best in the world and Langfords can make anything in silver.
Please browse our interesting and varied selection of bespoke projects or get in touch with your own individual ideas.
We work closely with interior designers from around the world, offering expert and candid advice to help source pieces that match the brief. Since most of our silverware is unique, what more would delight your most discerning clients. Of course, if you cannot find that perfect piece, we can always make it for you.
Repairs & Restoration
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.
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 will 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.
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
- ● Freehand artwork
Click here to view a selection of popular 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.
Contact us and we will be happy to give you advice.
Polished silver is sometimes lacquered to protect against tarnish and prevent over-polishing. Large and intricately detailed decorative pieces, and where traditional cleaning methods may be too harsh, lend themselves to being lacquered. 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.
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 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.
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.
Cutlery Cases & Canteens
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
Langfords has a history of supplying the film industry with props and expertise 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
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
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.
Valuations & Appraisals
Silver bought from us can be supplied with a free insurance valuation if required. As LAPADA-registered valuers we can also provide a valuation for your own silver for insurance and probate. Contact us for more details.