We are in Chancery Lane at a large underground market, which originally opened on 7th May 1885 under the name of The Chancery Lane Safe Deposit, with the function of renting safe rooms to store silver, jewels and documents for the home.
In these vaults, just like those of banks, there are now over 25 specialized shops, each with a treasure of ancient and modern silverware, dating from the early 1600s to the present day. The current building was inaugurated in 1953, as the original one was hit and destroyed by a bomb during the Second World War.
Just think that the vaults, with steel walls 1.2 meters thick, have never been broken through, not even by the bomb during the war!
In the various shops you will find “the largest single collection of silver for sale in the world”, from cheaper pieces, such as this £75 knife dating from 1911, to more expensive pieces, such as these two chairs at £10,000 each, this £40,000 chalice from 1589, or this vessel costing a whopping £70,000!
If you are in London, don’t miss this house of silver!
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