A Fine Vintage

The David Constable Collection of Drinking Vessels & Wine Labels

The David Constable Collection of Drinking Vessels & Wine Labels is one of the main features of our next, two-day, Jewellery, Silver & Watches auction on 23-24 February in Edinburgh.   This particular collection is the culmination of nearly two decades of collecting and contains a wonderful selection of early silver drinking vessels and rare wine labels.  Head of Silver, Trevor Kyle, tells us more about the collector. 

David is very well-known in silver circles by trade, collectors, museums and, of course, auctioneers. His collecting started with a gift from his wife of a stilton scoop in 1997 - an inspiring moment that began years of dedicated searching and, a now world-renowned specialisation in spoons. His keen interest in wine labels began with the support of Nicholas Shaw - with an introduction to the Tom Allder collection - and of the late Billy Buck, whose advice and gentle guidance guaranteed the collection to be one of good examples and quality throughout.


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David authored the remarkable reference work The Benson Collection of Early Spoons in 2013. A publication that, alongside the catalogue produced by Messrs Christies’ for the sale of the collection in the same year, represents one of the definitive ‘sets’ of books on the subject to appear since the publication of the three mighty volumes by Commander and Mrs How. However, the publication of David’s latest project of ten years’ duration may well put these in the shade his two volume work, Silver Spoons of Britain 1200-1710 being due to appear in April this year.


Constable Silver TumblerConstable Newcastle Tumbler

Constable Silver TumblerConstable Newcastle Tumbler

An active role in collecting societies throughout Britain he was elected Chairman of the Silver Society in 2006-7 as well as being one of the founding Liverymen of The Worshipful Company of Art Scholars.

David’s keen eye for quality and rarity is reflected in this collection and offers collectors, new and old, an opportunity to acquire some special pieces to enhance their own collection.

The collection will be offered as lots 339 to 398 on Day One (23 Feb) of our next Jewellery, Silver & Watches auction.







Highlights Viewing in London (by appt)
La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 4UY
Friday 12 February 10.30am - 5pm


To make an appointment please contact 0131 557 8844.

Highlights Viewing in Glasgow
182 Bath St, Glasgow, G2 4HG
Monday 15 February 2pm - 8pm


Full Viewing
33 Broughton Place Edinburgh EH1 3RR
Sunday 21 February 12noon - 4pm
Monday 22 February 10am - 5pm
Sale Days from 9am


33 Broughton Place Edinburgh EH1 3RR
Tuesday 23 February 11am - Lots 1 to 421
Wednesday 24 February 11am - Lots 422 to END


Trevor Kyle | trevor.kyle@lyonandturnbull.com | 0131 557 8844


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