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Birmingham 1952 very interesting solid silver and ebony St John Ambulance swagger stick.
Birmingham 1952 English hallmarked solid silver and ebony swagger stick from the St John Ambulance Brigade. It is an organisation that is the a leading first aid provider, teaching first aid and providing volunteer emergency care support to the NHS ambulance services.
Swagger sticks are ceremonial sticks coming from a military ranking tradition, carried and used in parades and drills. As, the St John Ambulance Brigade was organised similarly in a hierarchical structure of command, it would have been carried by an officer when in formal uniform, as a symbol of rank, for parades and drills and on ceremonial occasions.
The solid silver handle of the swagger stick contains the applied 8 point Maltese cross, the emblem of the Brigade, while the plain tip is also solid silver. Both pieces are clearly hallmarked. The silver maker was Frederick Narborough of Birmingham, maker of whip and swagger stick mounts. The ebony stick retains a lovely colour and patina, and has just a slight bow to the stick centre.
Appearing to have had little use in its lifetime, and then only for ceremonial purposes, this is in very good condition.
Size-27.75 inches long by .75 inches diameter.
Weight-60 grams.
An impressive piece for desk, table, or to place in a stick stand, and quite a talking point.
A good stick for the collector of swagger sticks, or someone interested in the emergency medical services or St John Ambulance collectables.
Ref: 6010
Price: £195





Cast solid silver cased fruit or cocktail sticks in original fitted case.
English hallmarked Birmingham 1966 solid silver seal topped set of 6 cocktail or fruit sticks in the original fitted case, made by Bishton's Ltd of Northampton St. in Birmingham .
The design features cast silver Dickens characters and long twisted sticks.
Wonderful to use at the bar to spear olives and onions for drinks, or to serve with fruit or cheese.
Size-approx. 3.5 inches long.
Weight-60 grams silver only, and 200 grams with case.
A lovely set in very good condition.
Please also see another listed set of silver gilt cast cockerel topped cocktail sticks in case on www.serpentineantiques.co.uk.
Ref: 5958
Price: £195





Dublin 1824 set of four Irish solid silver teaspoons made by Samuel Neville.
Dublin 1824, George IV period Irish hallmarked solid silver set of 4 teaspoons in the Fiddle Pattern with typical Irish rattail to the bowl.
Made by Samuel Neville, flatware maker.
A nice set of spoons to use or to complete an existing canteen.
Size-5.75 inches long by 1.25 inches wide.
Weight-84 grams.
With a few marks to some bowls, these are in very good antique condition overall.
Irish silver is very collectable, and much sought after, as it is much more scarce than English silver.
Ref: 6175
Price: £195





London 1992 solid silver large soup ladle.
London 1992 English hallmarked solid silver large soup ladle with tapering handle and lovely rattail to heel of bowl.
Weight-120 grams.
Size-11.5 inches long by 3 1/8 inches wide.
A very nice contemporary soup ladle.

Ref: 0990
Price: £195





Birmingham 1901 wonderful and unusual solid silver and cut gass tyg cup, made by George Ernest Hawkins.
Birmingham 1901 English hallmarked solid silver and cut glass very unusual tyg cup with elegant panel cut sides, three handles, star cut base, and silver hallmarked rim.
Made by George Ernest Hawkins of Legge Lane in Birmingham.
A tyg is a drinking vessel with multiple handles, allowing it to be easily passed around from person to person before a hunt or after a banquet, for toasting, etc.
Size-3 inches diameter, 4 3/8 inches wide including handles, and 3 5/8 inches high.
Weight-235 grams.
This is a really lovely cup in very good condition, and would make an ideal present for the drinking enthusiast, a collector, or for a child, Christening or wedding gift.
Ref: 5934
Price: £195





Superb Victorian London 1893 hallmarked silver gilt mounted and marble lidded jar by GEORGE BETJEMANN AND SONS, famous makers of fancy goods.
London 1893 English hallmarked solid silver and marble unique lidded jar by famous maker George Betjemann and Sons, the inventors of the tantalus, and the most famous maker of luxury fancy goods in the world during this era.
The beautifully veined green marble jar or canister is mounted with a silver gilt rim, with pale gilding, and a beautiful applied crest to the lid. The lid is perfectly fitted to the jar, and slides in as if on an air cushion.
This was used by the previous owner as a tobacco jar, but is equally at home as a tea caddy or desk or dressing table tidy. It's weight also means it can double as a paper weight!
Size-4.75 inches high by 2.75 inches diameter.
Weight-690 grams before packing.
It makes a wonderful presentation on desk or table, and is a very unusual piece. I have never seen another. It would have been an expensive piece at the time, probably made bespoke for a client.
There is a small slice/chip on the underside of the base, only visible when the jar turned upside down, mentioned for accuracy.
A really lovely and very decorative jar in very good condition overall, excellent for a pipe smoker, tea drinker, or novelty silver collector.
Ref: 5767
Price: £195





Birmingham 1885 Victorian solid silver pair of six lobed salts with the original matching spoons by Vale Brothers and Sermon.
Birmingham 1885 Victorian English hallmarked solid silver pair of six lobed salts with their original matching spoons, all with matching hallmarks. Made by Vale Brothers and Sermon.
The salts with pretty shaped and pinched edges, are most attractive and a good size and weight.
The matching spoons also have the same unusually shaped edges, and ball finials.
Combined weight-50 grams.
Size-salts: 2 3/8 inches diameter by 1 inch high ; spoons: 2 5/8 inches long by .75 inches wide.
A very lovely pair of salts in very good condition.
Ref: 5743
Price: £185




London 1801 solid silver tea caddy spoon by George Wintle.
London 1801 solid silver tea caddy spoon with round bowl in Old English pattern by George Wintle, with very clear hallmarks.
Weight-15 grams.
Size-3.5 inches long by 1.5 inches diameter.
In very good condition. Great to put in a tea caddy, use for sauces, or place into a collection.
These were used to mix the tea leaves in the mixing bowls of a tea caddy, and then to transfer the leaves to the pot for brewing. Now, can be used for anything.
A very nice example.
We have many other individual and sets of spoons in inventory, so please contact us with your requirements.
Ref: 3080
Price: £185





Turn of 19th/20th century pair of gilt spelter figures of harvesters.
Turn of 19th/20th century lovely pair of gilt spelter well modelled male and female figures of harvesters.
The female figure carries a large wheat sheaf, while the male carries produce in his apron.
Size-9.25 inches high by 3.5 inch diameter base.
Weight-1.2 kilos before packing.
A very decorative pair for table, sideboard and mantel.
Great to have a pair.
In very good condition.
Ref: 5655
Price: £185





London 1937 unusual Art Deco period cut glass and solid silver lighthouse form sugar caster.
London 1937 very unusual Art Deco period lighthouse form cut glass and English hallmarked solid silver sugar caster.
Casters were made to dispense sugar over the top of food, confectionery, and drinks.
With heavily cut glass, and shapely silver top, this caster is in very good condition, and sure to be a talking point.
Size-6 inches high by 2.5 inches wide.
Wonderful and functional gift for the collector of novelty silver or glass.
Ref: 5681
Price: £185



 
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