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Unique Fiddle Pattern Variant Silver Butter Knife - Thomas James, Fish Tail     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1921
Period: George III
Year: 1814
Silversmith: Thomas James
Place: London
Price: $ 470.00
Weight: 51 grams
Dimensions: 17.7 cm
Condition: Excellent. Small dent to tip of blade.

Description: A rare and possibly unique variant of the Fiddle pattern, with a "fish tail" insertion in the handle of a Georgian silver butter knife, made by Thomas James. The blade of the butter knife is nicely shaped and has attractive engraving, but it is the handle that stands out. The knife also has original owners engraved initials IH, in a floral font. The hallmarks including makers mark T.J are well struck and very clear, note the lack of a town mark. Ian Pickford, in his book Silver Flatware, shows a picture of a different but similar Fiddle Pattern variant (Fig 139 page 109), which he describes as "odd and quite possibly unique", made in 1826. Thomas James was freed in 1789, he worked until 1827, he was a small worker. He was a noted maker of caddy spoons, many of which also included this "fish tail" design, but found near the spoon bowl, not up the handle as per this example.
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