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Scottish Silver Tableforks (Set of 12) - Robert Gray & Sons
Robert Gray & Sons, Glasgow 1844
$ 1 650.00

A fine set of 12 Victorian Scottish silver table forks, in the plain Old English pattern, these forks have a very good weight and feel in the hand. The forks are engraved with the original owners initial A with a typical Victorian flourish. The forks are in excellent condition, with long tines, these forks have not seen much use. All 12 forks have excellent hallmarks that are well struck and very clear, event Queen Victoria's hair is visible in the duty mark. The town mark also has clearly defined bird, bell and fish in the tree, the coat of arms of Glasgow. Robert Gray and Sons of Glasgow produced "some of the finest British silver of the period" (Walter Brown, Finial, June 2006).

Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Johann Voigt
Johann Voigt (Possibly), Cape C 1791
$ 390.00

A Cape silver konfyt fork, in the Old English pattern with feather edge decoration and 3 tines, dating it around 1790 to 1800. The fork is struck with a makers mark only, i:V:G in an unusual shaped punch, which moulds around the dotted i. This mark is well struck, and is clearly different from the I:VG mark depicted in Cape Silver by Welz (mark 170, pg 158), the key differences being the shaped punch above i and the second : between the V and G. Welz describes this maker as unknown, but Heller (History of Cape Silver Vol I, pg 163) lists this maker as Johann Voigt? Both authors depict a different IVG punch from this one, with an additional fish hallmark (see our tablespoon S 1571 by the same maker to see the different punch and fish hallmark). Overall we agree with Welz and are not convinced by the attribution to Voigt, it seems far more likely to belong to a "van G" maker (for example van Graan, a known Cape name). Overall an interesting hallmark that requires further research. Note - a matching konfyt fork ...

Dutch Silver Ice Cream Spoon Set - 12 Spoons and Serving Spoon
J.M. Van Kempen & Son, Voorschoten, The Hague 1918
$ 540.00

An interesting set of 12 silver ice cream spoons, complete with matching larger ice cream serving spoon, of identical shape. The spoons have a circular flat bowl, with a raised lip on the right hand side to prevent ice cream sliding off. the spoons have a thread border, and pointed terminal, quite an attractive pattern. The back of each spoon is engraved with attractive interlocking initials BS (or SB?) in Gothic style, the B is shaded, the S is not. It is unusual to see initials on the back of spoons from this period, also the initials are 180 degrees from what is usually encountered (these face towards you), so designed to be read when laid on the table face down. The 12 smaller spoons each have 2 marks, the small sword used for small items (between 1906 and 1953) and makers mark V.K followed by a device. the large spoon is fully hallmarked with clear marks, these include makers mark V.K under crescent moon, lion passant over 2 for 833 grade silver, Minerva head duty mark with town letter on helmet (C for T...

Danish Silver Skonvirke Pastry Server - Evald Nielsen No 4
Evald Nielsen, Copenhagen 1925
$ 430.00

A Danish silver Skonvirke (Arts & Crafts) pastry or cake server, made by the respected Danish silversmith Evald Nielsen in 1925. The server is the No 4 pattern, which has organic flowing scrolls in relief, so quite pleasing to hold. The server is hand hammered, with the planish marks visible on the blade and the stem. The blade is nicely shaped, and has a raised lip which increases away from the pointed tip, so very practical to use. The server is 830 grade silver, as is usual for Danish silver. The well struck hallmarks include "Evald Nielsen" in an attractive script, with "No 4" indicating pattern, date letter "ANNO 1925", the letter "S" surrounded by dots in shaped punch for silver, and "830" in oval punch surrounded by dots for grade of silver. Evald Nielsen worked between 1905 and 1958 from Copenhagen, he designed all his own designs (as opposed to his contemporary Georg Jensen). He won numerous awards internationally, and his silver can be seen in numerous museums, including the Metropolitan in New York...

Chinese Export Silver Butter Knife
WE WE WC, Canton, China C 1815-1880
$ 390.00

A Chinese Export silver butter knife in the Fiddle pattern, with Stags head crest and original owners initials TMK. The knife is good quality, easily comparable to an English Georgian example. The hallmarks are excellent, and include pseudo duty mark, pseudo crowned leopards head (London town mark pre 1821), pseudo date letter P in incuse rectangle with cut corners, pseudo lion passant and makers mark WE WE WC. This is an imitation of the makers mark for William Eley, William Fearn and William Chawner. The Chinese Export silver collectors guide (4th edition, pg 763-767) says this maker remains unidentified, but was responsible "for an astounding production of silver items, almost all in the European neo-classical style. The work of WE WE WC is par excellence, it can rival the best of English, European and American silversmiths of the Georgian era. There is no such thing as a poor piece of WE WE WC silver. To have the wherewithal to create silver that rivaled the finest European and American silversmiths of th...

Cape Silver Konfyt Forks (Two) - Johannes Combrink
Johannes Combrink, Cape 1814-1853
$ 540.00

Two Cape silver four prong Old English pattern konfyt (preserve) forks, by Johannes Combrink. The forks are similar but have slight differences when viewed together, so probably made at different times. The longer fork has a wider stem end, but shorter tines, and is 1 gramme heavier. Both are hallmarked with a single makers mark IC (Welz mark 32, pg 147), both are clear and well struck.

Christofle Cardeilhac French Silver Renaissance Gravy or Sauce Ladle - 950 Grade
Christofle Cardeilhac, Paris C 1951
$ 2 700.00

A magnificent 950 grade French silver gravy or sauce ladle in the Renaissance pattern, that carries the marks of 2 of France's greatest silversmiths - Christofle and Cardeilhac. The ladle has a pierced trilobe finial, with a smiling cherub's head in the centre, surrounded by very ornate scrolls. the centre of the stem is decorated with a reverse baluster design, and the stem is rectangular, with 90 degree angles. The oval double lipped bowl is connected to the stem with an ornate rat-tail, and the base of the bowl has a channel to allow for easy pouring. The bowl also has a guard over the channel to assist pouring and prevent splashing. Needless to say, the quality and feel of this ladle is fabulous, and it is made of the higher grade 950 silver (as opposed to Sterling which is 925). The Renaissance pattern honours the Renaissance period, and has been described as one of Christofle's most prestigious models, it is entirely hand made in the Haute Orfevrerie workshops in Paris - which produces Christofle's fin...

Danish Sterling Silver Crown Finial Serving Set - Serving Spoon, Fork Ladle
Copenhagen Modern
$ 390.00

A set of 3 Danish Sterling silver serving pieces, comprising a spoon, fork and ladle. Each is topped with matching sterling silver Danish Royal crown, which is well modeled. The set comes in its original silk and purple velvet lined box, they do not appear to have been used. The fork is long and elegant with 2 prongs, the spoon bowl is quite wide for serving, and the ladle has a deep bowl. All three are hallmarked clearly with "STERLING DENMARK" and makers mark SDG, with the D and G inside the curves of the S. We believe this indicates they were made post 1977, when the Danish official hallmarks were retired. The crown is a replica of the Danish Royal closed crown of Christian V, so it is also possible these were made to commemorate the coronation of the current Danish Queen Margrethe II in 1972.

Tiffany Sterling Silver Christening Spoon and Fork - Suitable for toddler
Tiffany & Co, New York 1907-1947
$ 350.00

A Tiffany silver baby or child's spoon and fork, intended as a Christening present. These are quite small, suitable for use by a toddler, they are really sweet. The pattern on the back and front has a double reeded edge, terminating in a V shape in the bowl. The fork tines are quite fat and blunt, so not dangerous. Both are hallmarked "Tiffany & Co Sterling M", the M indicating a date between 1907 and 1947.

Victorian Silver Gilt Bacchanalian Grape Scissors
Henry John Lias, London 1878
$ 1 150.00

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 Lia...

Victorian Silver and Ivory Stilton Cheese Scoop
Roberts & Belk, Sheffield 1891
$ 560.00

A sterling silver stilton cheese scoop, with interesting ivory handle, carved with little knobs (we think simulated tree knots) to improve the grip of the handle. The grain in the ivory is clearly visible, the handle also has a small brown mark, which we think adds to its appeal. The scoop itself is the usual shape, and is quite sturdy, very suitable for use. The hallmarks are clear, including makers mark C.B over E.P (Charles Belk and E Parkin), the mark used by Roberts & Belk between 1881 and 1891. Roberts & Belk is a well known Sheffield based manufacturer, known for the excellence and variety of their designs, with every piece designed by the firm's own staff (Culme, Directory of Gold and Silversmiths, pg 389). They worked between 1809 and 1961, when they were taken over by CJ Vander. Note - We are unsure whether the handle is real or simulated ivory, we would welcome assistance, thanks.

Antique York Silver Tableforks (set of 12) - Hampston & Prince
Hampston & Prince, York 1789-1794
$ 1 450.00

An interesting and rare set of 11 York Georgian silver Old English pattern tableforks, by the York makers Hampston & Prince, with a matching London tablefork. All 12 forks have the same engraved monogram HWT which is original. The forks consist of 4 dated 1789 (date letter C), 4 dated 1793 (date letter g), 3 dated 1794 (date letter h), and the London example dated 1809 by Robert Rutland, a spoonmaker. The forks have lovely balance and shape, very elegant, with long tines and a strong turn-ups at the end of the forks. The London fork matches well but has shorter tines, possibly from wear, what is interesting is that the 11 York forks are noticeably better quality (and weight) than the London example, which has an old repair on one tine (this goes against conventional wisdom that London made flatware is better quality than provincial - we feel this proves the opposite). The hallmarks are excellent, and demonstrate that many different punches were in operation at the York office at the same time, and that stand...

Sterling Silver Shellfish Forks (Set of 6) - T S Cuthbert Glasgow
Wilson & Gill, Sheffield 1931
$ 700.00

A very rare set of 6 sterling silver shellfish (or lobster) forks, we have never seen another set. The forks have 2 sharp and longer tines, with a third shorter and fatter tine, this tine also has a sharp edge for cutting. The forks are engraved with Gothic initial "B". This very specific design, for a very specific purpose, we believe to be extremely rare, nothing similar is recorded in the book "Silver Flatware" by Ian Pickford, who depicts and describes a great variety of silver eating implements. The forks are good quality, and as mentioned above, in excellent condition - they are so appealing I am tempted to go and purchase a lobster straight away so I can test them! All 6 forks are clearly hallmarked with Sheffield marks for 1931, and distinctive makers mark W&G in wavy topped escutcheon punch (Poole, Identifying Antique British Silver, pg 15), this maker worked between 1907 and 1941, possibly Wilson and Gill (www.britishmakersmarks.co.uk). The original box has the retailers mark "T.S. Cuthbert, Watch ...

Rare Georgian Silver Spring Hinged Sugar Tongs - Innes Family Crest
John Baker II, London C 1770-1780
$ 470.00

A rare set of spring hinged Georgian silver sugar tongs, in perfect condition, which is quite unusual for these type of tongs. The tongs have a hinge with steel spring built into it, the steel is visible on the rear.The arms are cast, and have a bead and thread edge, the grips have an attractive pattern. The hinge bears the Innes family crest, of a lion holding a palm frond, under the motto "Ornatur Radix Fronde", translated "The root is adorned by the foliage". As is usual for Scottish crests, the motto is above (English crests the motto is below), the Innes family comes from the Moray area of Speyside (so perhaps these tongs should be used for adding ice to whisky rather than sugar to tea!). Both arms are hallmarked with makers mark IB and lion passant, which indicates they were made before 1784 when the duty mark was added. These type of tongs were made between 1765 and 1780 (Georgian Silver Sugar Tongs, Graham Hodges, pg 10, a book we highly recommend), and are rare in undamaged form. John Baker II worked...

Russian / Polish Silver Serving Fork - Warsaw, Wladyslaw Hempel
Wladyslaw Hempel, Warsaw, Poland 1908-1920
$ 280.00

An attractive Russian silver serving fork, made in Warsaw when it was under Russian rule (now Poland).The fork is decorated with flowers, leaves and ribbons, with the same design on the back and the front. The leaves with berries look like mistletoe to us, which is a traditional Christmas decoration, requiring a kiss. The handle is ribbed, the gauge is heavy, this fork is a pleasure to use. The fork has 3 clear hallmarks. The first is the Kokoshnik (Russian head dress) mark used between 1908 and 1926, indicating 84 grade (875 purity). The Kokoshnik has the Greek letter Iota, indicating Warsaw as region of assay. Warsaw was under Russian rule until the end of WW1 in 1918, Russian marks were used until 1920. We can then date this fork between 1908 and 1920, but it is probably pre 1914. The second mark is W.H, the makers mark for Wladyslaw Hempel . The third mark consists of a half moon and 3 stars in an oval punch, which is the workshop symbol for Wladyslaw Hempel. Wladyslaw Hempel co-owned Bracia Hempel (Broth...

Rare Palm Pattern Silver Butter Knife
Makers mark worn, London 1884
$ 250.00

An extremely rare Victorian silver Palm pattern butter knife, with initial W. Pickford describes the rarity of Palm pattern in his book "Silver Flatware", pg 148, this is the only Palm pattern butter knife we have seen. The hallmarks are clear, but the makers mark is worn. Palm pattern appears in the Chawner & Co (George Adams) pattern books, who were the most important 19th century silver flatware makers. Please note we also have Palm pattern soup spoons (S1612), made by George Adams in 1876.

Jugendstil Silver Baby Pusher
Martin Mayer, Germany C 1905
$ 160.00

A Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) silver baby pusher, of standard design and plain except for the Jugendstil decoration to the handle. The top of the pusher also has a wavy rim. The silver is 800 standard, which is common for German silver (usually 800 or 833 standard), so lower than sterling standard. The hallmarks are clear, including the German moon and crown used after 1888, 800 for grade, and wheel and star makers mark for Martin Mayer of Mainz. He started working in 1888, we have dated this circa 1905 given the style. Mayer produced designs by Peter Behrens, Hans Christiansen and Patriz Huber.

Scottish Provincial Silver Sugar Tongs - David Gray, Dumfries
David Gray, Dumfries 1810-1841
$ 310.00

A very pleasing pair of Scottish Provincial silver sugar tongs, by David Gray of Dumfries. The tongs are plain but have lovely proportions, which are noticeably different from English made tongs. The hallmarks are excellent, unicorn, makers mark DG, and fouled anchor. This combination of marks is unusual and is not recorded by either Jackson (pg 597) or by Turner (Directory of Scottish Provincial Silversmiths). The tongs are engraved with script initials EB, which is original.

Cape Silver Dessert Fork - William Moore, showing error in Morrison and Heller
William Moore, Cape 1840-1863
$ 270.00

A Cape silver Fiddle pattern dessert fork, with contemporary engraved initial M. The fork has excellent hallmarks, makers mark WM and the Cape Stub mark (see our articles section) consisting of 4 English pseudo hallmarks, Lion passant, date letter capital A, Georgian kings head duty mark and leopards head (town mark for London). The fork is very good quality and weight, and is suitable for use. The tines are very long, longer than usual, this fork has probably not been used. What is interesting about this Cape stub mark is that the punch is showing signs of wear, particularly the Leopards head. This lead to a mistake in Morrison (The Silversmiths and Goldsmiths of the Cape of Good Hope, 1936, pg 59), and later Heller (History of Cape Silver), where the hallmark is mistakenly drawn as an anchor (MM63 in Heller, pg 154).

Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Acorn Pattern Set (3) - Sugar Shovel, Jam Spoon, Cold Cut Fork
Georg Jensen, Copenhagen Post 1945
$ 430.00

A lovely set of 3 Georg Jensen sterling silver Acorn pattern items, perfectly preserved in their original box. The first is a jam spoon, the second a sugar shovel (or caddy spoon) and the third is a cold cut fork (or oyster fork). All 3 are beautiful quality, as you expect from Jensen. The Acorn pattern was designed by Johan Rhode in 1915, and is one of the most popular of all Jensen flatware designs. All 3 are hallmarked with the oval Georg Jensen mark, above "Sterling Denmark", this mark has been in use since 1945. What is interesting about this set is the different style, shape and size of the acorn, dependant on the size of the item and handle.

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