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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





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





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




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





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





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



 
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