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New Nautilus Novelty Antique Silver Sugar Sifter     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1953
Period: Victorian
Year: 1900
Silversmith: Cooper Brothers & Sons Ltd
Place: Birmingham
Price: $ 740.00
Weight: 34 grams
Dimensions: 12.7 cm
Condition: Excellent, no damage or repairs.

Description: A "New Nautilus" novelty silver sugar sifter, complete with patent and registration number. The bowl of the sifter is a nautilus shell, the top edge of the shell has 28 pierced leaf shaped sifter holes, the shell is realistically modeled. The handle is joined to the shell at right angles, to allow ease of use during sifting. The handle has an interesting unknown pattern, not found in the book " Silver Flatware" by Pickford, it appears to be a variant of Albert pattern, and is single struck. The hallmarks are clear, the handle also has a registration number indicating the design was registered. The shell has a patent number, PAT 17124, so this design was patented as well, quite unusual for silver flatware. The nautilus is a living fossil, dating back 500 million years, it is a cephalopod named after Sailor in Greek. Nautilus shell cups decorated in silver and gold became popular in the 16th century, the nautilus became popular again in Victorian times, first as spoon warmers, this sifter design is late Victorian, it appears it was only made for a limited time, until around 1906.
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