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Silver Christening Present - Pusher and Spoon - This Little Pig Went To Market
Reference: S1535
Period: George V
Year: 1923
Silversmith: Levi and Salaman
Place: Birmingham
Price: $ 220.00
Weight: 31 grams
Dimensions: 8.8 cm spoon, 8.0 cm pusher
Condition: Very good, the spoon has been used, slight wear to tip and rim of spoon bowl, light scratches, small dent to bowl. Preserved in original box, also in good condition, hinge and clasp in full working order.

Description: A delightful silver Christening present, consisting of a boxed set containing child's spoon and pusher, decorated with a scene from the "This little piggy" nursery rhyme. The spoon bowl shows a pig complete with straw hat, in a donkey drawn cart, with trees, hills and birds in the background, along with inscription "This little pig went to market". The detail is lovely, as can be seen in the photos. Both handles are decorated with the same flower and scroll pattern. The hallmarks on both are very clear, and include a registration number "Rd No 348578", indicating the design was registered to prevent copying by other firms. Levi & Salaman was established in 1870, and was merged into Barker Brothers in 1921 (Culme, Directory Gold and Silversmiths). They were highly regarded, particularly for good quality souvenir spoons. An interesting story is that one of their spoons saved a soldiers life in WWI when it deflected a bullet, this spoon was viewed by the Queen at the British Industries Fair in 1915 (Culme).
Silver Christening Present - Pusher and Spoon - This Little Pig Went To Market
Silver Christening Present - This little pig went to market

Silver Christening Present - Pusher and Spoon - This Little Pig Went To Market
Silver Christening Pusher and Spoon in original box

Silver Christening Present - Pusher and Spoon - This Little Pig Went To Market
Hallmarks, Levi & Salaman

Silver Christening Present - Pusher and Spoon - This Little Pig Went To Market
Hallmarks and registration mark

Silver Christening Present - Pusher and Spoon - This Little Pig Went To Market
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