About Us

William Crofton, BSS, MA, TCD founded L.&W. Duvallier shortly after graduating from Business studies at Trinity College, Dublin. He has been buying and selling Antique Irish Silver for the past 25 years. His father, a well-known collector of Irish Provincial silver, gave William an early training by taking him to antique fairs and auctions. At Duvallier’s they adhere to his father’s maxims:

“a good antique dealer should make a living and not a killing” and

“the day you buy is the day you sell”

L.&W. Duvallier are based in Dublin by appointment only and at Vault 25, London Silver Vaults, Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1QS.
Hours of Business: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm.
Duvallier’s prides itself on sourcing and selling the finest Irish silver in its original condition to collectors, institutions and museums (Cork Museum, Limerick Museum, etc) .

William Crofton is a member of the Antique Irish Silver Plate Committee.

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Duvallier’s travel the world in search of that elusive piece. Duvallier’s have been responsible for rediscovering some of the finest pieces of Irish silver such as, the Set of Four George II Cork Candlesticks by George Hodder found and acquired on a day trip to New Zealand. The trowel used to lay the foundation stone for the ill-fated Swiss settlement in New Geneva in county Waterford in 1784. The 1680 Dublin tobacco box by Joseph Stokes ex-Panter Collection of the 1920’s which was lost for over 90 years until recently found in an American auction. The 1694 Dublin Tankard by James Weldon and retailed by David King, widely regarded as the finest Dublin tankard of its size ever made. The only known Irish provincial bright-cut tea tray made in Cork by John Nicholson 1794 . The earliest known Cork George I bullet teapot by Thomas Lilly 1723 and the silver box given to the Chief Sectary of Ireland Robert Peel (who later became British Prime Minister) by Trinity College in 1812.

Duvallier’s have possibly the largest selection of antique Irish silver in the world. We are always searching for clients who share our passion for fine Irish silver.

Passion and not investment should be the determining factor in buying antiques.

Your passion is our business.

News Articles

Pair of rare Limerick coffee pots expected to fetch almost €1m

27th June 2016

A pair of rare Limerick silver coffee pots are expected to fetch almost €1m when they go on sale later this summer.

Limerick Leader Read the full article here »

Together Again – Two Of Only Three Known Limerick Silver Coffee Pots

19th June 2016

The last two of only three known Limerick Silver coffee pots have been brought together by antique silver dealer William Crofton, who is about to market them with a price tag that reflects their extreme rarity.

Irish TimesRead the full article here »

Rare Limerick silver coffee pots can be yours for €950,000

18th June 2016

The last two of only three known Limerick Silver coffee pots have been brought together by antique silver dealer William Crofton, who is about to market them with a price tag that reflects their extreme rarity.

Irish ExaminerRead the full article here »

Freedom Box that Celebrates Suppression of 1798 Rebellion

5th April 2015

An historic and unique silver Freedom Box given to the High Sheriff of Dublin Frederick Darley (1764-1841) in 1799 the year after the 1798 Rebellion was defeated is to take pride of place next catalogue of London and Dublin based silver dealers L and W Duvallier.

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A Rare Cork Silver Find on E-Bay

28th February 2015

A rare Cork Georgian silver two handled cup bought on e-Bay for $850 is now on offer through Dublin and London based silver dealer L and W Duvallier for a price in the region…

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Hi-ho silver lining for those who know their hallmarks

3rd January 2015

An extremely rare and early Cork silver mug which turned up in a job lot at a New York auction house in December was bought for $6,500 by the Irish silver dealer William Crofton of L and W Duvallier…

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Purchase of rarest Irish Provincial Silver Mug for 50 Years

16th December 2014

What is possibly the rarest Irish Provincial silver mug to come on the market in the last 50 years – by Charles Begheagle whose work represents some of the earliest examples of Cork silver known to have survived…

Antiques and Art Ireland Read the full article here »

Wanted: wealthy donor to save State’s €1.75m treasure trove

1st March 2014

THE family silver is being sold off to international buyers. Despite desperate attempts by curators at the National Museum of Ireland to find a wealthy donor who could buy 107 pieces of silver…

The Irish Independent Read the full article here »

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