History Of William Walter Antiques LTD
William Walter our founder had gained his experience of silver by working for prestigious silver retailers when he left the army after the First World War. After acquiring the necessary experience, He then opened his own antique silver company in the 1930s with a showroom in King Street in the West End of London close to Christies, the famous auction house.
During the Second World War the showroom suffered wartime bombing and he was forced to close the business and store his valuable silver stocks in the safe deposit in Chancery Lane. He then worked for the Inland Revenue valuation department on war damage valuations. At the end of the war he was keen to re-establish his own business and decided that the safe deposit premises would make very suitable and secure showrooms.
William Walter was, in fact one of the first silver dealers to set up showrooms in what is now known as the London Silver Vaults, which has become the centre of the antique silver trade. His son, Raymond joined his father in the early fifties, he gained a wealth of knowledge and experience which he has passed on to his son John ;who began his connection with the company in the early eighties, after university, so William Walter Antiques is very much a family business. John has encyclopedic knowledge of Georgian silversmiths and marks.
The staff at William Walter Antiques also has many years' experience in the business and can always be relied on for their helpfulness and efficiency. Lynn joined us a few years ago as our shop manager, after years of running her family's shop in the vaults. Her cousin David Shure wrote the definitive book on Hester Bateman. Our packing department headed by Ken and we ship worldwide. Elizabeth has been with us since the early 1990's and is responsible for all the administration, finances, stock control, photography and the website. She will be your first contact for any enquiries. If you want to visit us we are located at vaults 3 & 5 in the London Silver Vaults.