UK Silver Exchange specialise in buying and selling silver, whether it be in the form of bullion, antiques or scrap metal.

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Selling Antiques

We maintain a large stock of silver that is not dictated by the metal price.

Our stock includes:

  • Fine quality hollowware from the Georgian period, Victorian period and 20th Century
  • Collectables (e.g. early spoons, boxes, novelties etc)
  • 19th/20th Century commercial silverware
  • Stylistically important pieces (e.g. Arts & Crafts, Art Deco etc)
  • Items by sought after makers (e.g. Hester Bateman, Paul Storr, Omar Ramsden, Georg Jensen etc).

These items can be viewed on request. Our sister web-site at displays a selection from our large stock. Much of our antique stock is also available at trade prices and we actively encourage members of the antique and silver trades to come and visit us by appointment.

For silver that is available in bulk and valued according to its weight please see our Silver Exchange page.

Buying Antiques

As one of the strongest trade buyers of fine quality silver in the UK, we are always happy to make an offer should you be wishing to sell a collection of silver, a canteen or if you just own some unwanted items.

We buy everything to do with silver, whether it is high quality Georgian hollowware, an early English spoon, a privately assembled collection, canteens, tea sets, trays etc. We even buy broken, damaged or engraved pieces. We have multiple selling points, which allow us to direct each item in to the most appropriate area and ultimately pay the best prices.

If you are interested in selling items, then please contact us with the following details:-

  • brief description of the piece (photos help)
  • a description or photo of the hallmarks
  • size

If you are unsure whether your items would be considered “scrap” or antique, then please include a weight in grams as part of your description.

Free Online Quote

Buying Price -

We can provide instant quotes for your silver based on the current spot or fix prices, but these are subject to change according to variations in the market.

Silver received in the post will be priced according to the advertised website quote at the time of receipt. If you would prefer not to sell at that particular price, you must inform us before 10.45AM. Your items will then be kept until we are informed to sell (see stow away service).

Silver brought in by hand before 2PM will be priced according to the advertised current website prices.

Our highest prices are based on the LBMA midday silver fix and are only applicable for quantities in excess of 500 tr.oz. (15kg). These prices are tiered for levels of 500oz+ (15kg), 1000oz+ (31kg) and 3200oz+ (100kg). These higher rates are available to clients who either have metal account facilities with us or have delivered the silver in advance. The silver must be sold before 10.45AM and will be based upon the next midday fix.


If you are a VAT registered business then it makes sense to sell the silver as a metal. We pay out the full rate of 20% on top of the net value. In order to do this we require some form of suitable proof and a valid VAT number. The VAT should be declared in the same manner as any other full VAT sale.

Perversely, for antique dealers on the margin or global accounting VAT schemes, it is actually beneficial to sell metal rather than an article. If sold as a metal you will receive the entire sold value of the item and declare the VAT in your returns. If sold as an article, you would pay VAT on your profit and therefore actually receive less gross profit! So unfortunately there is a financial inducement for silver dealers to scrap, rather than deal in articles.

If you are a member of the public or a non VAT registered business, then we will pay out the net amount without the extra VAT.

Payment Terms +

For quantities less than 100 troy ounces (3100grams) we generally pay out by return. For quantities over 100 troy ounces, we will make payment within 3 working days.

We will pay by cheque, unless an electronic bank transfer is preferred. For the former, please provide payee name and address. For the latter, please provide your address details and bank account details (sort code and account number).

New legislation is passing through the House of Commons to make it illegal to buy scrap metal for cash and without documentation. We are strong advocates of this new legislation and are therefore ready for it's introduction - we do not pay by cash and provide pay out sheets with all sales.

Metal Account +

Metal account facilities are available for regular clients. Silver can be sold from this account at any time during normal working hours. An account can be topped up with fresh metal deliveries by appointment and sold when the price is right. Account holders will receive regular statements and have the ability to forward sell.

Forward Selling +

Regular clients can forward sell in anticipation of the next fix before 10.45AM. This is a binding contract and if the silver is not in an existing metal account, then the silver must be received within three to five days depending upon quantity. Forward selling in excess of 3200oz (100kg) must be received within 24 hours.

Stow Away Services +

As an alternative to a metal account we offer our unique and popular Stow Away service. This service will safeguard you against a sudden overnight drop in price. If you have posted goods to us and there is an overnight drop in price you can phone/email us before 10.45am and ask us to hold off selling. We store your silver in a temporary metal account until such a time that the price is right for you. All you then need to do, is phone/email us before 10.45am on the day you wish to sell.

The Stow Away Service is only available to trade clients for quantities in excess of 100tr.oz or 3kg.