Joseph Willmore


Joseph Willmore came from a well established family of silversmiths, his grandfather was Thomas Willmore (an original member of the Birmingham Assay Office). Joseph incorporated his grandfather's business upon his death in 1816 in addition to his own registration from 1806 until his death in 1855. Registered as a snuff box maker, Willmore became quickly renowned for his elaborately detailed and novelty pieces, especially those with castle top lids. His apprentice was the famed London based silversmith George Unite, who became a renowned craftsman in his own right throughout the mid and late Victorian period. 


Joseph Willmore at Auction

Fancy caddy spoons, novelty snuff boxes, 'castle-top' silverware, vinaigrettes, musical snuff boxes, miniature teapots and wine coasters have all sold in excess of their upper estimate at auction. Unusual, finely decorated and unique items in good condition continue to demand attention from collectors - so do get in touch with our specialist team for an appraisal of your collection.  

Whether you have an individual silver item, or a whole collection of silver, our specialist team can help you to achieve the very best price for your items at auction. Our specialist silver auctions include four Fine & Classic Sales per year. For a free, confidential, and up-to-date auction valuation of your collection, contact our specialist team.

Contact our qualified specialist Liz Bailey for a free, confidential and up-to-date auction valuation.


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Maker's Marks 

Joseph Willmore marks

Willmore's initials 'J.W' within an oval surround, accompanied with Birmingham or London assay marks. 




Joseph Willmore silver flask


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