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Victorian Silver Gilt Bacchanalian Grape Scissors     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1742
Period: Victorian
Year: 1878
Silversmith: Henry John Lias
Place: London
Price: $ 1 150.00
Weight: 114 grams
Dimensions: 18.4 cm
Condition: Excellent, perfect working condition, silver gilt well preserved.

Description: A magnificent and rare pair of silver-gilt Victorian Bacchanalian pattern grape scissors, in excellent condition. The scissors are completely silver gilt (apart from screw), and are completely sterling silver (no steel inserts). They are the traditional shape, and are decorated with the rare Bacchanalian pattern, designed by Stothard for the Royal Goldsmiths Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, originally made by Paul Storr, pieces are still in the Royal collection today. This is one of the rarest English silver flatware patterns, it shows Bacchus, the Roman God of wine, riding a lion, whilst a topless Diana looks on, with another figure asleep at her feet. The back is also beautifully decorated, with tilted amphora of wine, bunches of grapes and vine leaves complete the decoration. Bacchanalian pattern is shown in the book "Silver Flatware" by Pickford (pg. 127), where an identical pair of grape scissors is shown, made by Wakely and Wheeler. The hallmarks are very clear, and include makers mark HJL for Henry John Lias & Son, the prestigious firm founded in 1791, they exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851. In 1879, the year after these were made, Henry Lias Junior was joined in the firm by James Wakely. Lias retired in 1884, Wakely was joined by Frank Wheeler, and the firm became Wakely & Wheeler, which still exists today (and hence the Bacchanalian pattern silver produced by Wakely and Wheeler, they acquired the dyes with the Lias business.
Victorian Silver Gilt Bacchanalian Grape Scissors
Victorian silver gilt Bacchanalian grape scissors

Victorian Silver Gilt Bacchanalian Grape Scissors
Bacchanalian pattern silver

Victorian Silver Gilt Bacchanalian Grape Scissors
Back of Bacchanalian silver grape shears

Victorian Silver Gilt Bacchanalian Grape Scissors
Bacchanalian pattern silver - back

Victorian Silver Gilt Bacchanalian Grape Scissors
Silver grape scissors - open

Victorian Silver Gilt Bacchanalian Grape Scissors
Henry John Lias hallmark

Victorian Silver Gilt Bacchanalian Grape Scissors
Hallmarks on other shear

Victorian Silver Gilt Bacchanalian Grape Scissors
Silver grape scissors scale

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