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19thC Victorian superb pair of ivory and silver plate fish servers in original fitted case by famous makers WALKER AND HALL.
19th century Victorian wonderful pair of ivory and silverplate fish servers by famous makers Walker and Hall, in the original blue velvet and satin lined fitted case.
The blade and tines are engraved with leafy carvings, as well as a fish to the knife blade, while the ferrules and terminal are designed with raised leaves. The handle is thick tapering cylindrically carved ivory, which is in perfect condition, also having a lovely patina and lustre.
Fish etiquette has always been very important historically. 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 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".
Size-fork 10.25 inches long by 2.25 inches wide. Knife 13.25 inches long by 1.75 inches wide.
Very comfortable and weighty to hold, this set is not only still useful for serving fish, but also for cake, pie and serving meat.
A truly lovely set in very good condition.
Ref: 5416
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Early 19th century old sheffield plate salver from the personal collection of Belinda Gentle.
Early 19th century old sheffield plate silver tray or salver with shaped pie crust border chased with shells and standing on ball and claw feet.
With charming winged family crest to centre surrounded by motto "Reason Contents Me."
Size-7 inches diameter by 1 1/8 inches high.
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 metals.
This salver was purchased from her home in 2005 when she died, and came from her personal old sheffield plate collection.
A charming salver, with excellent provenance, in very good condition.
Ref: 4289
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Early 19th century old sheffield plate salver from the personal collection of Belinda Gentle.
Early 19th century old sheffield plate silver tray or salver with shaped gadroon edged border chased with foliate and acanthus leaf decoration and standing on ball and claw feet.
Size-7 inches diameter by 1.25 inches high.
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 metals.
This salver was purchased from her home in 2005 when she died, and came from her personal old sheffield plate collection.
A charming salver, with excellent provenance, in very good condition.
Ref: 4290
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19th century Victorian superb silver plate biscuit barrel by famed makers HUKIN AND HEATH!
19th century Victorian silver plate biscuit barrel or jar in the aesthetic form by famous luxury goods makers Hukin and Heath, the company where Christopher Dresser was the artistic advisor.
Jonathan Wilson Hukin and John Thomas Heath were known under Dresser's direction for providing goods for the Victorian family table, having stylised shapes and distinctive designs, which appealed to the fashion conscious public. Many were inspired by Japanese designs.
With an all over dimpled bark effect to surface, shaped top and bottom edges and lid with pomegranate finial, this is a lovely and heavy example, which may possibly have been designed by Dresser. It stands on a pedestal foot.
The bottom of piece bears Hukin and Heath marks as well as pattern number 5769, and other markings.
Size-7 inches tall. Top diameter 4.5 inches. Bottom diameter 6.5 inches.
An unusual, beautifully crafted and very functional piece in very good condition.
Ref: 5623
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Victorian sheffield plate unusually small revolving butter dish with naturalistic stand and engraved fern design in the aesthetic style.
Lovely Victorian Sheffield plate revolving butter dish having a naturalistic cast branch frame, and engraved with ferns.
Made by Fenton Brothers, this was a superior piece at the time it was made.
A double ivory turned button lifts the high domed lid, which then retracts fully flat underneath the base. There is a very attractive armorial engraved to the front of the lid.
In very good condition, with some rubbing to the interior bottom plate only.
Size-9 inches wide including handles by 5.75 inches deep by 5 inches high.
A great dish for butter, sauces, or smaller portions of food.
In very good condition, and a unique size.
Ref: 4141
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19th century pistol grip silver plate set of lovely fish slice and fork in the original case, with Heron engraving.
19th century silver plate pistol grip lovely pair of fish servers comprising a slice and fork, in the original case. They were made by Eye Witness of Sheffield, a very well regarded company who has been in business for more than 150 years.
The beautifully shaped slice is pierced with foliate piercings, and skilfully engraved with a heron among the reeds on water, while the fork is also pierced. Both have wonderful pistol grip handles with foliate chasing.
They are contained in the original case, lined with striking blue lining.
Size-slice 12.5 inches long by 2.5 inches wide; fork 9.75 inches long by 2 inches wide. Case overall is 14.25 inches long by 4.75 inches wide.
Fish etiquette has always been very important historically. 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 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".
These servers are still used for their original purpose, but now also often used to serve cake and other desserts.
In very good condition.
Ref: 5673
This item has been sold





Very handsome and unusual Victorian ivory, silver plate and steel carving set in the original fitted case.
Very handsome late 19th century Victorian carving set in the original fitted silk and velvet lined case.
The three pieces are adorned with ivory diagonally cut and curved ended handles fixed to the steel blades with a large and ornate silver plate leaf and swag embossed ferrule. The working portions of the set are steel, sharply pointed, and all in very good condition, including the spring for the carving fork. They appear to only have had very gentle use in their lifetime.
The ivory is undamaged, and has beautiful colour and patina.
The knife steel is cast with an unusual hexagonal shape.
The knife is marked Maurice Baum Sheffield, who was active in the late 19th century.
Size-knife is 14.75 inches long by 1.25 inches wide, fork is 10.75 inches long by .75 inches wide, steel is 11.75 inches long by .75 inches wide. Case overall is 16.5 inches long by 5 inches wide by 1.5 inches high.
Weight-830 grams total in case for shipping.
A very good quality carving set in very good condition to use or to give as a gift.
It will make a lovely presentation on the dining table.
Ref: 6063
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Early 19th century Old Sheffield Plate snuff or tobacco box.
Early 19th century Old Sheffield Plate very attractive and heavy snuff or tobacco box
Size-2.75 inches long by 2 1/8 inches wide by 1 inch high.
Weight-100 grams.
With rounded corners, double gadrooned edge, hinged lid, and mounted with cast and applied solid silver decoration of bowl of fruit and leaves, this is a very nice example with a very nice shape.
Today such items are also used to hold many different items, and are also collected as an interesting piece of history. Also makes a lovely and decorative display for desk or table.
Wonderful for the collector of snuff boxes or small novelty silver.
With a lovely look and patina, this is in very good condition.
Ref: 5717
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19thC Victorian exquisite silver plate and ivory set of fish eaters in inlaid fancy mahogany case, made by JAMES DIXON AND SONS, very good makers.
19th century Victorian exquisite set of (12 pieces) 6 pairs of fish eaters with lovely engraved silver plate blades and beautifully carved and grained ivory handles, presented in the original very good quality fitted fancy inlaid mahogany case.
Made by James Dixon and Sons, excellent makers, this is a unique set with carved ivory handles having a beautiful creamy colour and varigated grain, and with beautifully shaped and engraved silver plated blades and tines. Unusually, the ivory is in perfect condition, which is not often found.
Size:knife-9 inches long by 1 inch wide. Fork-7.75 inches long by 7/8 inches wide. Case 10.25 inches long by 8.25 inches wide.
The case is mahogany with brass plaque and inlay to top and sides, and chamfered corners. It has two thin age cracks to the case lid. The interior is fitted and lined with striking silk and velvet fabric.
A very stylish and unusual set in very good condition.
Ref: 5493
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19thC Victorian set of ivory handled silverplate butter knife, pickle fork and stilton scoop by famous maker WALKER AND HALL.
Elegant 19th century Victorian very unusual set of silver plated implements with beautifully carved ivory handles carved with acanthus leaves under turret tops. It comprises a butter knife, stilton scoop and pickle fork, by famous makers Walker and Hall.
Superb quality, with fine engraving to the blades and ferules, and fitted into the original silk and velvet lined case.
There is no discolouration to the ivory. There is a very fine expected age hairline to the handle of the scoop and the fork, but no instability at all.
Sizes-knife 8 inches long, scoop 8 7/8 inches long, fork 7 3/8 inches long.
This is a very beautiful and useful set, in very good condition.
Ref: 4568
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