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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 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 new 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





London 1975 pair of generous solid silver bottle coasters with turned wood bases.
London 1975 English hallmarked solid silver pair of wine or champagne bottle coasters with solid sides having turned over top edge, and flaring curved stepped base.
The centre base is turned wood.
Made by Richards and Knight.
This lovely pair is engraved around the sides "To Sir Robert Latimer, C.B.E M.A., with the gratitude & affection of the Governors of the Kingston Polytechnic 1970-1976." Sir Latimer was the registrar of the school.
Size-5 1/8 inches diameter by 1.5 inches high.
Weight-255 grams total.
A very nice and functional pair of wine coasters in very good condition.
Ref: 6051
Price: £275





London 1851 solid silver pierced fish slice by well known maker Charles Boyton.
London 1851 English hallmarked antique silver fish slice with beautifully shaped and unusual pierced blade by Charles Boyton, well known maker.
The slice is made in the fiddle pattern with very crisp shoulders, has a lovely shaped blade with double thread interior and exterior borders, and a lovely scrolled 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 very nice solid silver pierced slice, by a well known maker, in very good condition, with just the usual surface scratching.
Please see a very similar one also listed on www.serpentineantiques.co.uk, if two are desired, which would make a nice matched pair.
Ref: 6145
Price: £275





London 1823 Georgian hallmarked solid silver pair of sauce ladles made by George Pearson.
London 1823 English hallmarked Georgian period solid silver pair of fiddle pattern sauce or gravy ladles with egg shaped bowls, made by George Pearson.
Size-6.5 inches long.
Weight- heavy at 125 grams.
Very clear hallmarks. It is unusual to find a nice pair of Georgian ladles.
With very good weight and gauge of silver, colour and condition, this is a beautiful and most functional pair, and would make a lovely gift or a treat for yourself.
The fiddle pattern is very complimentary to other silver patterns as well.
Ref: 0776
Price: £235





Sheffield 1937 solid silver hallmarked wonderful quality large and heavy Art Deco period pair of napkin rings in the original fitted case.
Sheffield 1937 very unusual English hallmarked solid silver Art Deco napkin rings, made by Cooper Brothers and Sons, in the original treasure chest shaped fitted case. Excellent quality.
These large and remarkably heavy rings are oval in shape, and made in a very thick gauge of silver, with all over engraving, and with a very iconic geometric shaped blank cartouche, suitable for personalising if desired.
The unusual fitted case is shaped like a treasure chest, and lined with silk and velvet.
Size-2 1/8 inches long by 1 1/8 inches high.
Weight-130 grams silver only, 185 grams with case.
At 65 grams each, these are remarkable in their silver weight, as most heavy napkin rings are around 20 grams each!
A really lovely heavy and iconic pair of napkin rings, in a unique style fitted case, and in very good condition.
They would make a fabulous gift, or a special treat for yourself.
Also see other cased and uncased pairs,on my personal website, www.serpentineantiques.co.uk.
Ref: 5841
Price: £235





Sheffield 1894 Victorian solid silver absolutely exquisite large childs Christening set by famous Art Nouveau period silversmith JOHN ROUND.
Magnificent Sheffield 1894 Victorian English hallmarked solid silver large Christening or child's set of cutlery by famous maker John Round, in the original lovely Victorian fitted case.
John Round was known for his fine Art Nouveau designs and craftsmanship.
The original period leather case is monogrammed DMS and dated on the outside of the lid for the day it was presented to the original owner in 1895. The interior of the case is a striking aubergine coloured silk and velvet.
The two pieces of silver, appearing to never have been used, are just stunning. The set consists of a spoon and fork beautifully all over engraved on both sides with a decoration of ginkgo leaves, a primitive species which preceded dinosaurs! Ginkgo leaves are often used for decorating antiques, as they are symbolic of longevity and hope. Both the decoration and the hallmarks are crisp and beautifully executed. There are delicate scrolled initials DMS in script on the front side of the stem, with a blank cartouche on the reverse.
Weight-100 grams.
Size-spoon, 7 inches long by 1.5 inches wide. Fork, 6 5/8 inches long by 7/8 inches wide.
A beautifully made and unique set of silver, heavy in weight, with a thick gauge of silver and in a larger more impressive size than normally found. The set is made by a famous maker and comes fitted into the original case.
An excellent Victorian example of superior quality.
In very good condition, this would make a wonderful and special Christening or baby gift, or a gift for a child to keep forever.
Ref: 5512
Price: £235





20th century set of 7 Waterford Lismore pattern white wine glasses.
Lovely 20th century famous Waterford Irish crystal set of 7 white wine glasses, in the Lismore pattern with beautiful cut glass bodies, cut stems, and star cut bases. Lismore is one of the oldest and most iconic Waterford cut glass patterns.
Waterford is known for its fine quality and clarity, and superb glass cutting.
The size is suitable for port or sherry as well.
Size-5.25 inches tall by 2 1/8 inches diameter.
Weight-1135 grams total,
A beautiful and heavy set of glasses, made by a famous maker, in very good condition.
A wonderful addition to the bar, or drinks cabinet, or excellent to keep on a silver tray in a gentleman's study.
Several suitable cut glass decanters are also available if desired.
Ref: 6027
Price: £225





Sheffield 1957 very unusual solid silver combination letter opener and pen knife by famous makers Mappin and Webb.
Sheffield 1957 English hallmarked solid silver very unusual combination letter opener and pen knife made by famous makers Mappin and Webb, known for excellent quality.
This lovely piece has an engine turned engraved knife portion having a stainless blade, and an angled long letter opener. One side of the knife bears the original owner's initials within a cartouche.
The hallmarks are very clear.
Size-9.25 inches long by .75 inches wide closed.
Weight-60 grams.
An excellent and very functional gift, or a lovely piece to keep on a desk or table.
With one line mark near the tip of the knife, this is in very good condition overall.
Ref: 6037
Price: £195



 
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