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Sheffield 1931 superb fully solid silver heavy fish servers in original case by MAPPIN AND WEBB.
Sheffield 1931 superb English hallmarked antique silver fish servers, comprising a fish slice and serving fork, made and retailed by famous makers Mappin and Webb, and presented in the original fitted case bearing their retail label. Cases are often lost over time.
Usually such sets come with a serving knife and fork, while this one has a slice and fork, making it even more versatile. Also, usually such servers have ivory or bone handles. It is unusual to find a set that is completely solid silver.
These are also quite contemporary in style, plain with a delicate rib down the stem centre, and will blend with any other pattern. The ridged stem is most elegant, and the wide fork with 5 tines, and blade of the slice are beautifully shaped.
Weight-very heavy at 300 grams or nearly 10 troy ounces of silver! Slice weighs 180 grams and the fork, 120 grams.
Considering the value of just the scrap weight of this pair, this is a wonderful value, as silver prices continue to soar.
Size-the slice is 11 1/8 inches long by 2 1/8 inches wide. Fork is 9 inches long by 2 1/8 inches wide.
Fish etiquette has always been very important historically. 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 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".
These servers are much in demand to serve fish, and are also often used for cake, pie and other foods. They would make a beautiful and functional gift for a wedding or anniversary.
Appearing to have had little use in their lives, these are an unusually stunning pair of solid silver fish servers, by a renowned maker, and are in very good condition.
Ref: 5599
Price: £375

A fine Birmingham 1905 hallmarked solid silver triple cigar case of torpedo form made by George Edwin Walton.
Fine Birmingham 1905 English hallmarked solid silver triple cigar case made by George Edwin Walton of Birmingham, and Hatton Garden, London.
This lovely cigar case has profuse all over bright cut engraving in a leaf and scroll design on both sides of the case. There is a blank cartouche on one side for personalisation if desired.
The interior has the original gilt interior and elasticated retention band, and the hallmarks are well struck and clear.
The case is strong and secure, and it closes tightly and springs open properly with the sprung push button.
This type of cigar case is very popular and most attractive.
It is a really lovely and unusually heavy case, beautifully made and engraved, and without damage.
Size-5.25 inches long by 2.5 inches wide by .75 inches deep.
Weight-120 grams or approximately 4 troy ounces.
In very good condition.
Perfect for the collector of novelty silver, or the cigar enthusiast.
It would make a wonderful gift.
Ref: 5647
Price: £375

Circa 1840 beautiful set of 12 French solid silver gilt teaspoons and matching tea caddy spoon, made by renowned maker Pierre Queille of Paris, and having a very interesting provenance.
Wonderful and unusual circa 1840 13 piece set comprising 12 French solid silver gilt bright cut engraved teaspoons plus 1 matching caddy spoon. These were from the estate of Sylvaine le Desert. She was the daughter of famous Parisian journalist Jacques le Desert and the granddaughter of the newspaper proprietor and minister, Alexandre Israel. These came from the Paris property of her grandfather, now named Place de Alexandre Israel.
Sylvanie survived occupied France by posing as a village girl. She worked the land, and became a member of the French resistance. She lived in Surrey, England for many years, until her death in 2009.
The collection of 13 spoons are marked with the Minerva head for .800 fine, and bear the makers mark of renowned maker Pierre Queille of 70 rue de Faubourg, Montmartre, Paris. He used this mark during the period 1834-1846. He was one of the few silversmiths who made items for the famous House of Odiot, as he was known for his fine craftsmanship.
With their original silver gilt, all the spoons have stems engraved with a bright cut double struck pricked dot pattern with a ric rac design to edge. The reverse of each stem bears an interesting family crest.
The matching caddy spoon has a beautiful and very realistically modelled scallop shell bowl. This piece alone would be a great addition to a caddy spoon collection.
Size-teaspoons are 5 5/8 inches long. Caddy spoon is 4 inches long by 1.75 inches wide.
Weight-200 grams total.
Some of the teaspoon stems are not perfectly straight, from use over the centuries, and there is a flattened spot on the edge of the caddy spoon bowl from use. However, this set is in very good condition overall.
An unusual, beautiful, and complete set of 12 teaspoons with caddy spoon, having a very interesting provenance, and made by a famous maker.
These would be wonderful to own to use when serving tea or coffee, to use for small desserts, or to give as a gift.
Ref: 6031
Price: £375

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

Circa 1905 fine quality and unusual sterling silver set of 12 menu or place card holders.
Circa 1905 American sterling silver set of 12 arched form menu, name or place card holders made by the Schofield Company of Baltimore, Maryland. American sterling silver is .925 fine, exactly the same as English silver content.
It is very unusual to get a full set of 12 menu or card holders, which will accommodate a large dinner party.
These arch form holders have a combination of smooth and matt engraved detail to the arched shape.
Size-1 3/8 inches long by just over .75 inches high.
Weight-80 grams.
A lovely and unusual set in very good condition, which will look elegant and stylish on the dining table.
A set as large as this is very difficult to find. I have never seen another.
Ref: 6062
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-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.
They coordinate very well with listing 4562, the lovely grape dish on stand, having a similar design.
In very good condition.
Ref: 5508
Price: £350

Birmingham 1958 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 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 238 years old!
A fine and collectable piece of 18th century silver.

Ref: 4881
Price: £325

Birmingham 1957 English hallmarked solid silver ciborium or cup, with gold lined interior, on a silver plated pedestal. Made by HAYES AND FINCH, most important makers.
Birmingham 1957 fine quality English hallmarked solid silver ciborium or cup, made by HAYES AND FINCH, the world's finest makers of ecclesiastical furnishings, and having a silver plated pedestal.
In the Catholic, Anglican, and similar churches, the ciborium is a covered chalice like vessel used to contain the consecrated hosts for storing and/or distribution at Holy Communion. The cup is usually rounder in shape than a chalice, and has a cover. The interior bottom of the cup is raised at the centre, so that particles can be easily removed for purification, and the interior of the cup must always be lined with gold.
This ciborium meets all those specifications, and is beautifully crafted in a heavy gauge of silver, and with a very good weight and a tight fitting cover.
The solid silver cup threads on to a graceful flaring silver plate pedestal with a circular foot.
Size-7.5 inches tall by 4.5 inches diameter.
Weight-330 grams silver cup, and 540 grams total weight for shipping.
Still a wonderful vintage item for ecclesiastic use, or equally to use for serving or display. It makes a great talking point.
A really lovely, well crafted and unusual object in very good condition, with two tiny knocks to the underside of the solid silver cup and a small scratch to the upper silver plated column.
Offered at an wonderful price.
This is the kind of unique piece that doesn't come along very often.

Ref: 5778
Price: £325

Early 19thC superb Late Regency/William IV period papier mache oval tray.
Early 19th century superb late Regency/William IV period papier mache oval tray, with very classic and elegant band of gilt and jewel toned coloured decoration.
Size-17 inches wide by 14 inches deep, with turned over edge.
Label on reverse pictured.
Wonderful to display a drinks set, or to use for serving drinks or food or to just display on its own as a decorative object.
A very beautiful and practical item to use and display, in very good condition with no damage.
Ref: 0771
Price: £295

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