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Birmingham 1831 William IV period solid silver vinaigrette by well known maker Thomas Shaw.
Birmingham 1831 solid silver vinaigrette with engraved exterior by well known maker Thomas Shaw, maker of vinaigrettes and snuff boxes. This is a very nice early William IV period example.
A vinaigrette is a small box that would be used by both men and women, and would contain a small bit of sponge, placed under the pierced grill, which would be soaked in perfume, aromatic vinegar, or smelling salts. The purpose of this was to cope with the bad smells of the time, when sanitation and personal hygiene were not up to par. One would lift the lid and take a sniff, which would temporarily bring some relief. The well to do carried solid silver vinaigrettes, which would fit easily into handbags or pockets. Sometimes they were also included in large fitted complete travelling sets, with other vanity items.
The hinged lid of the vinaigrette opens to reveal the original gilding, and a beautifully cast and pierced hinged grill in the style that Shaw is known for, having a central flower and fine scrolled detail. The gilding protects the silver from the corrosive effects of the vinegar or perfume.
Size-1.5 inches long by 1 inch wide by 3/8 inches high.
Weight-25 grams.
In very good condition, this is a lovely object for the collector of small or novelty silver, and a wonderful historical memento.
Ref: 6096
Price: £375

Sheffield 1964 cast solid silver grape scissors by C.J. Vander.
Sheffield 1964 English hallmarked cast solid silver pair of grape scissors made by C.J. Vander.
These heavy cast solid silver grape scissors have a beautiful double struck design of two foxes running amongst the grape vines and grapes. They are very well modelled.
Weight- heavy at 135 grams.
Size-6.5 inches long by 2.5 inches wide.
A very pretty as well as functional pair of grape scissors, and with their excellent weight are impressive and well balanced.
In very good condition.
Ref: 5508
Price: £350

Birmingham 1958 beautiful original pair of solid silver butter dishes and matching knives by ADIE BROTHERS.
Birmingham 1958 pair of solid silver beautifully pierced butter dishes with pierced handles, and including the original matching solid silver knives all by Adie Brothers, very well known makers. The original etched glass liners with impressive star cut bases are also present.
The whole stand on fleur de lis style feet.
A really lovely pair of butter dishes. They will make a very elegant presentation on the dining table.
Size-4.5/8 inches at widest point, 3 5/8 diameter, by 1.25 inches high.
Weight-120 grams (silver only).
It is rare to find such a complete pair, including the original matching knives, by well known makers.
A lovely and functional set to own or give as a gift, in very good condition.
Ref: 5364
Price: £350

London 1772 solid silver George III marrow scoop by famous maker Thomas Chawner.
London 1772 solid English hallmarked silver George III marrow scoop by famed spoon maker Thomas Chawner. His work beginning in the mid 18th century was the start of the era of the domination of English spoon makers, through him and his apprentices and the Bateman family, that continued through the early 19th century.
Thomas Chawner was born in 1734 in Derbyshire. He was sent to London and apprenticed to Ebenezer Coker, well known candlestick and salver maker, in 1754. Thomas was made a liveryman in 1771. He died between 1802-1811, the exact date unknown. Among his apprentices were William Fearn, Thomas Northcote, Edward Barnard, Henry Nutting and William Sumner, all who became well known in their own rights later.
The scoop is double ended, with a wider scoop at one end originally used for extracting marrow from large bones, and a narrower one at the other, for smaller bones.
It is still a useful piece for scooping marrow out, such as for Osso Bucco, and also of great interest to the collector of small silver.
An elegant present now also used today to scoop condiments out of tall jars, as a novelty drink mixer/swizzle stick, or for serving thick sauces.
Size-8.5 inches long.
Weight-45 grams.
The scoop has very good hallmarks, and is in very good condition, at the great age of nearly 248 years old!
A fine and collectable piece of 18th century silver.

Ref: 4881
Price: £325

19th century sarcophagus shaped mahogany tea caddy.
Stylish 19th century sarcophagus shaped mahogany single tea caddy with boxwood line inlay outlining the dramatic shape of the caddy on the top and all sides, and a very unusual laburnum inset to the top, highlighted by a boxwood diamond. The laburnum wood is used to dramatic effect, making this a unique caddy.
The colour and patina and contrasting woods are lovely, and the whole stands on bracket feet.
The hinged lid opens to reveal the original metal liner to the interior.
Tea caddy boxes were used to store and mix black and green tea. Tea was an expensive commodity during this period, and would need to have been kept in a locked box to keep it away from the house staff.
Size-7.75 inches long by 5.25 inches wide by 5.5 inches high.
Weight-705 grams.
A lovely caddy to display on desk or table, which would make a great desk tidy, or add to a caddy collection beautifully.
In very good condition.
Ref: 5985
Price: £295

London 1891 solid silver gilt and cut glass spirit flask.
Very attractive and striking London 1891 English hallmarked solid silver gilt spirit flask with screw thread cork lined top and detachable silver drinking cup.
This lovely flask has a panel cut glass body with facet cut shoulders. The top is solid silver gilt, as is the heavy gauged removable drinking cup base. Both silver pieces have very nicely and ornately engraved initials, and both are identically hallmarked.
The silver maker is Norman Marshall.
Size-6.25 inches high by 2.75 inches wide by 1.25 inches deep.
Weight-395 grams total, 100 grams silver only.
There is some slight nibbling just at the side corners of the glass body where it meets the cup, some handling wear to the silver gilt, and a tiny bump to the lid top.
In very good condition overall.
A lovely piece to use or display, and a great piece for the collector, and those who shoot, fish, and enjoy outdoor pursuits.
Ref: 6053
Price: £285

London 1854 solid silver pierced fish slice by GEORGE ADAMS, famous maker.
London 1854 English hallmarked antique silver fish slice with shaped and unusual pierced blade by George Adams, very famous and collectable maker, of the famed Chawner and Company, known for fine quality and craftsmanship.
The slice is made in the fiddle pattern with very crisp shoulders, has a beautifully shaped blade with double thread interior and exterior borders, and a lovely leafy pierced pattern to centre.
Size 12.25 inches long by 2.5 inches wide.
Weight-140 grams.
Fish servers and slices were often decorated with piercing. This looked attractive and allowed excess cooking juices to drain from the fish before it was placed onto a dinner plate.
Fish etiquette has always been very important. Fish slices began to be used at the dinner table during the early 1700s. They remained popular throughout the 1800s and early 1900s. The blades of fish slices are often made from silver or silver plate as it was thought a steel blade would ruin the delicate taste of the fish.
The 1860 advice manual 'The Habits of Good Society' gives clear advice on how to carve and serve different types of fish. It demonstrates the importance of etiquette at the dinner table during this period:
"Fish is cut with a large flat silver knife or fish slice, never with a common one. Of small fish, you send one to each person. All the larger flat fish, such as turbot, John Dorey, brills, &c., must be first cut from head to tail down the middle, and then in portions from this cut to the fin, which being considered the best part, is helped with the rest. Fried soles, on the other hand, are simply cut across, dividing the bone. The shoulder is the best part, and should be first helped. Salmon, being laid on the side, is cut down the middle of the upper side, and then across from the back to the belly. A boiled mackerel serves for four people. The fish-knife is passed from tail to head under the upper side, which is then divided into two. Cod is always crossways".
Today these slices in addition to still being used for fish, are also often used for cake and pie.
A fine silver pierced slice, by a famous superior quality maker, in very good condition.
Please see listings on www.serpentineantiques.co.uk for another very similar slice if a matched pair is desired.
Ref: 4815
Price: £285

18th/early 19thC framed textile from the personal collection of the famous economist LORD PETER BAUER.
From the personal collection of the internationally famous economist Lord Peter Bauer, a lovely at least 18th/early 19th century (perhaps earlier) framed and glazed textile, possibly of ecclesiastical origins, featuring gold and silver metallic threads and metallic fringe border on a silk velvet ground, professionally and beautifully mounted in a recessed gilt frame with gilt slip, on black ground, in the conservation manner.
Lord Bauer was not only a very highly regarded economist and winner of the Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty, but was also was a renowned and passionate collector of art and antiques. He died in London in May, 2002, at the age of 86.
Size-17 inches wide by 32.5 inches long.
A lovely and decorative piece of substantial size, in very good condition, with minimal wear consistent with its age.
This is a chance to own something unique, and with a wonderful provenance.
Ref: 2010
Price: £285

19thC large hallmarked silver and cut glass Victorian double ended scent bottle.
19th century Victorian English hallmarked silver and cut glass very large double ended scent bottle of superb quality.
The lozenge shaped scent bottle has 10 panel cut sides with facet cut shoulders to each end. Both ends have very heavy gauge silver tops with interesting very fine foliate and garland engraving. One end, for smelling salts, opens perfectly with a push button catch, found only on the finest bottles, and the inner lid is lined with glass and stamped Diller underneath, with the Queen's crown. The other end has a threaded top with original cork lining. Both ends close tightly and perfectly.
The glass is in perfect condition. There is some minor bruising to the silver tops. The hallmarks are rubbed, so the exact year cannot be determined, but the young Queen Victoria's duty mark is quite clear.
A really lovely and unusual very high quality scent bottle in very good condition.
Size 5.25 inches long and 1.5 inches wide.
Ref: 5280
Price: £285

19thC gilt cast brass eagle from the personal collection of BELINDA GENTLE.
Mid 19th century gilt cast brass eagle and wood stand, from the personal collection of Belinda Gentle, internationally renowned antiques dealer and an acknowledged expert on antique metalwork. Her husband Rupert, was the author of Domestic Metalwork, the authoritative book on the subject, which she updated and revised after his death.
The Belinda Gentle metalware gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is named after her. She was a lifetime student and dealer in antique brass and associated metalwork.
This was purchased from her home in 2005 after she died.
The eagle with original gilding, is very realistically cast, with spread wings, turned head, and open claws. It comes with a black painted wood stand, which bears the label underneath from the sale of her effects.
Size 6.75 inches across wings, by about 5 inches high in stand. It weighs 760 grams.
In very good condition, this is a truly lovely piece from the private collection of an international expert on the subject.
Ref: 4303
Price: £275

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