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Stunning large solid silver standing dressing table mirror.
Large London 1984 English hallmarked solid silver dressing table or vanity mirror in the Victorian style, with all over scrolling foliate design, and with the original bevelled glass mirror. It is surmounted with a vacant cartouche, suitable for engraving if desired. The back is covered with velvet. The whole stands on an easel back.
Made by Keyford Frames Ltd.
With beautiful overall shape and oval centre, the mirror is classic and lovely.
Size-13 inches high by 9 5/8 inches wide.
Weight-740 grams overall.
A tall and impressive, elegant and functional piece in very good condition.
This would make a lovely piece to use or to give as a gift to a very special person. It will accent any dressing table beautifully, and become a lovely focal point to the room.
It is also a wonderful piece for a retail shop to use.
Also see similar smaller Britannia standard heart shaped and angel decoration standing mirror recently added.
Ref: 5902
Price: £375

London 1733 George II fine solid silver marrow scoop.
London 1733 English hallmarked solid silver early Georgian marrow scoop in very good condition, made shortly after George II was crowned.
English sterling silver is very accurate to date due to their renowned hallmarking system.
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- 50 grams.
A wonderful piece for the collector of interesting silver pieces, or of early 18th century silver.
A fine example, with deep and very clear hallmarks (only the makers mark is rubbed), and with great age at 277 years old!
A fine piece of unusual 18th century silver.

Ref: 4880
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

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.
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 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

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 by a collector. 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

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

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

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

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