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Sterling Silver Grapefruit Spoons ( Set of 6) - Irish Boujet Hallmark     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1844
Period: George VI
Year: 1939
Silversmith: E Viners
Place: Sheffield
Price: $ 420.00
Weight: 166 grams
Dimensions: 14.4 cm
Condition: Excellent, perfectly preserved in original box.

Description: A set of 6 sterling silver grapefruit spoons, with pointed bowls for easy access to the fruit. The spoons have a threaded border pattern with pointed terminals, sometimes referred to as French pattern. The spoons are very pleasing quality and weight, they have a solid feel in the hand, as is often the case with pre-war silver. All 6 spoons are clearly hallmarked with Sheffield hallmarks for 1939 and makers mark EV for Viners Limited, started by Adolphe Viner in 1901, the E refers to his son Emile. Viners was a leading 20th century British cutlery brand, known for good quality, they were acquired by Oneida in 2005. These spoons also have an additional set of 3 hallmarks, smaller but clearly struck, these are Irish import marks that were struck on foreign silver. These marks include the Dublin assay office Boujet mark, .925 sterling standard mark, and Dublin date letter X for 1939, meaning these spoons were exported to Ireland as soon as they were made. The Boujet mark is a stylized representation of a medieval vessel for carrying water in the form of two leather pouches appended to a cross-bar or yoke, in an elliptical shield for silver (gold is rectangular), it was used between 1906 and 1981 (Newman, Illustrated Dictionary of Silverware, page 45). This mark is not often encountered, and is not shown in the book Jackson's Hallmarks, the standard reference on British silver hallmarks, for some unknown reason.
Sterling Silver Grapefruit Spoons ( Set of 6) - Irish Boujet Hallmark
Sterling silver grapefruit spoons - irish boujet hallmarks

Sterling Silver Grapefruit Spoons ( Set of 6) - Irish Boujet Hallmark
Sterling silver grapefruit spoons - back

Sterling Silver Grapefruit Spoons ( Set of 6) - Irish Boujet Hallmark
Irish silver boujet hallmark - sheffield silver hallmarks

Sterling Silver Grapefruit Spoons ( Set of 6) - Irish Boujet Hallmark
Silver grapefruit spoons - scale, original box

Sterling Silver Grapefruit Spoons ( Set of 6) - Irish Boujet Hallmark
Irish silver boujet hallmark - dublin 1939, 925

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