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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 exceptional 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. Suberb quality and with crisp decoration and hallmarks.
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

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 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

Early 20thC large Whiting Co. solid sterling silver King Edward pattern berry spoon with scallop shell bowl.
Early 20th century American .925 sterling silver large King Edward pattern by Whiting ornate berry serving or table spoon. The bowl is in the shape of a large deep scallop shell, while the double struck handle has a ribbon, foliate and shell design.
Also marked patented Ap 23, 1901 to heel of bowl on reverse, and with the Whiting logo, as well as the marks for Diener Hermanos Mexico, who retailed it. Whiting Manufacturing Company was started in Massachusetts, USA in 1866. In 1926 the company was purchased by Gorham.
Size-9.75 inches long overall. Bowl is 3.25 inches wide by 4 inches high.
Weight is very good at 110 grams.
A lovely sizeable and unusual spoon, very well made, and a spoon sure to attract notice when serving.
First produced in 1901, and no longer made, this will make an impressive and practical gift.
We have many other individual and sets of spoons in inventory, so please contact us with your requirements.
Ref: 5362
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

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

Exquisite sterling silver sardine serving fork in the Old Orange Blossom pattern by Alvin.
A truly beautiful and unusual American sterling silver .925 sardine serving fork in the Old Orange Blossom pattern (circa 1905), made by the Alvin Manufacturing Company of Providence, Rhode Island. The company was founded by William H. Jamouneau in 1886, and was acquired by Gorham in 1928. They are known for fine quality silver and intricate work.
This lovely small fork has seven wide spread tines below pierced decoration to the heel, and a shaped stem with entwined orange blossoms standing proud on both sides. There is a blank cartouche suitable for personalisation if desired. All decoration is very sharp.
Size-approximately 4.25 inches long by 1.75 inches wide.
Weight-18 grams.
The maker's mark for Alvin is shown on the reverse, as well as sterling and patent.
For the sardine aficionado, the collector of small and interesting forks, or for those seeking to purchase an unusual gift;, this is a highly desirable, seldom found and sought after piece.
In very good condition, without personalisation. A beautiful and functional gift.
Ref: 6251
Price: £185

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