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Superb English sterling silver oval tray with handles, London, mark of John Crouch I and Thomas Hannam, 1792-1793
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SUBERB ENGLISH STERLING SILVER
OVAL TRAY WITH HANDLES

Engraved "Coelestum Spero Coronam" (I hope for a heavenly crown)
The coat of arms is thought to be Blake-Humfrey.



LONDON

MARK OF JOHN CROUCH I AND THOMAS HANNAM
1792-1793


14.5" l., 22.5" w, 72 troy oz.
ESOT
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English sterling silver eight-armed epergne, marks of Emick Romer and Thomas Pitts, 1770-1771
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PRIZED ENGLISH STERLING SILVER
EIGHT-ARMED EPERGNE

According to several sources, the epergne arrived in England in the first quarter of the 18th century. The word, "epergne", stemmed from the French "epaigner," meaning thrifty. The use of these large objects in the center of the table avoided waste. Each guest helped him or herself from the main bowl, thus eliminating the disposal of expensive delicacies left on an individual's plate. The saucers or baskets could be adapted to individual use. The earlier, baroque form tended to be complex, incorporating dining accessories like caster, cruets, salts and sauce boats and graced the table throughout dinner. Rococo examples, such as this one, served as a dressing for the dessert course, showcasing condiments, fruits, nuts and other luxuries. Economic feasibility drove silversmiths to replace the expensive silver saucers with less expensive, crystal dishes. This same reason also resulted in many more examples being produced in Old Sheffield Plate, rather than sterling.

Thomas Pitts I specialized in the production of epergnes and pierced basketwork. Arthur Grimwade's discovery in the "Workmens" ledger for 1766 to 1775 reveals that Pitts supplied a number of epergnes to the firm of Parker and Wakelin. John D. Davis in English Silver at Williamsburg states, "This is but an instance of the substantial traffic in goods produced by specialist makers and supplied within the trade for retailing."

A four-armed example residing in Williamsburg's collection marked by Thomas Pitts I has virtually identical chased saucers and cast feet and arms.


LONDON
MARKS OF EMICK ROMER AND THOMAS PITTS
1770-1771


Approximately 13.25" h., 20" l., 24" w., 86.0 total troy oz.
ESE56
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Remarkable Irish sterling silver flatware set, marks of Matthew West and James England, 1820

REMARKABLE IRISH STERLING SILVER
FLATWARE SET

Engraved with a family crest.


DUBLIN

MARKS OF MATTHEW WEST AND JAMES ENGLAND
1820

Set consist of:

7 Dinner forks - each approx. 8" long
9 Luncheon forks - each approx. 6.75" long
4 Teaspoons - each approx. 5.75" long
9 Dessert spoons - each approx. 7" long
9 Tablespoons - each approx. 9" long
2 Gravy Ladles
- each approx. 6.5" long

40 Total pieces


ISFS55
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Fantastically rare English sterling silver vinaigrette with sponge and chain, Birmingham, 1855-1856
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FANTASTICALLY RARE ENGLISH STERLING SILVER
VINAIGRETTE WITH SPONGE AND CHAIN

Engraved "B"
With a vermeil interior.



BIRMINGHAM

MARKED "AT"
1855-1856


10.5" l. with chain, .7 troy oz.
ESVSC77
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Hefty English sterling silver vinaigrette, Birmingham, 1835-1836
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HEFTY ENGLISH STERLING SILVER
VINAIGRETTE


Engraved "DO" ?
With a vermeil interior.


BIRMINGHAM

MARKED "ES"
1835-1836


1.5" l., 1" w., .6 troy oz.
ESV78
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Dainty English sterling silver oval pocket box, Birmingham, mark of Cocks & Bettridge, 1814-1815
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DAINTY ENGLISH STERLING SILVER
OVAL POCKET BOX


Used for pills, potions or patches.


BIRMINGHAM

MARK OF COCKS & BETTRIDGE
1814-1815


1" l., .75" w., .1 troy oz.
ESOB79
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Novel English sterling silver round pocket box, Birmingham, mark of Cocks & Bettridge, 1812-1813
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NOVEL ENGLISH STERLING SILVER
ROUND POCKET BOX


Used for pills, potions or patches.


BIRMINGHAM

MARK OF COCKS & BETTRIDGE
1812-1813


1" dia., .2 troy oz.
ESRB79
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Handsome English Old Sheffield Plate meat cover, mark of Walker, Knowles & Co., circa 1840
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HANDSOME ENGLISH OLD SHEFFIELD PLATE MEAT COVER


Engraved with the Roll family crest and motto: "NEC REGE NEC POPULO SED UTROQUE" (Neither for king nor people, but for both).

Has not been replated and still has tin interior.

MARK OF WALKER, KNOWLES & COMPANY
CIRCA 1840


11" l., 15" w.
EOSPMC7
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English sterling pap boat, Benjamin Bickerton of London, 1775-1776
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NOVEL ENGLISH STERLING SILVER
PAP BOAT


While this once served as a valuable tool for feeding infants and invalids, it would be superb for serving sherry that accompanies she-crab soup.


LONDON

MARK OF BENJAMIN BICKERTON
1775-1776


4.25"l., 1.58 troy oz.
EPB107
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Irish sterling divided strainer spoon,  Richard Sawyer of Dublin, 1809
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EXCEEDINGLY RARE IRISH STERLING SILVER
DIVIDED STRAINER SPOON

Engraved with a family crest.
This rare pieces is in remarkable condition, with no repairs or restoration to the grill.



DUBLIN

MARK OF RICHARD SAWYER
1809


13"l., 5.3 troy oz.
IDS667
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FANTASTIC IRISH STERLING SILVER
SUGAR BASKET WITH HANDLE

Engraved "MCD"
Lovely brightcut engraved body.


DUBLIN
MARKS OF DANIEL EGAN
1806


8"h., 4.75" l., 6.25" w., 8.4 troy oz.
ISB221
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Divine English sterling silver graduated sugar baskets with handles

DIVINE ENGLISH STERLING SILVER
GRADUATED SUGAR BASKETS WITH HANDLES

Engraved "TSB"
Discoveries at sites like Herculaneum in 1711 and 1738 inspired brothers Robert, James and John Adams to study and revive the interest in Greek and Roman antiquities. True Classical Revival is a phenomenon of the late 1790s. The industrial Revolution capitalized ont he repetitive nature of Classical forms and resulted in international appeal of this graceful style.


LONDON
MARKS OF WILLIAM STROUD
1790-1791


Smaller basket - 5" h.., 3.25" l., 4.25" w., 4.4 troy oz.
Larger basket - 6.5" h., 4" l., 5.5" w., 6.6 troy oz.
ESB224
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Enchanting English sterling and glass inkstand, London, 1911-1912, mark of Lionel Alfred Crichton
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ENCHANTING ENGLISH STERLING SILVER AND GLASS
INKSTAND

Both bottles are original and in exceptional condition. The ideal gift for the executive.

LONDON
MARK OF LIONEL ALFRED CRICHTON
1911-1912


5.25"l., 11"w. 15.3 weighable oz..
EIS333
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Handsome Irish sterling sugar tong, marks of Edward Twycross and Laurence Keary, 1823
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Close up of Irish sterling sugar tong, marks of Edward Twycross and Laurence Keary, 1823
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HANDSOME IRISH STERLING SILVER
SUGAR TONG

Engraved with a crowned bust of a rampant lion and "Fidel Coticula Crux" in a banner
The repousse motifs of a thistle, shamrock, and rose seem to pay tribute to the jewels of the British empire.


DUBLIN
MARKS OF EDWARD TWYCROSS AND *LAURENCE KEARY
1823


6.75"l., 2.5 troy oz.
IST3
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*We wish to acknowledge and thank Mr. David C. Hughes for his assistance in identifying this silversmith.




Old Sheffield Plate hot water urn, circa 1825
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SPECTACULAR ENGLISH OLD SHEFFIELD PLATE
HOT WATER URN

Provenance: a Charleston estate
Beautiful example of Old Sheffield Plate, with a let-in shield and dove-tail or lap-over seam in body. It is fully functional.


ENGLISH
AN UNIDENTIFIED MAKER
CIRCA 1825


11.5" top dia., 17.5"h..
EOSPHWU6
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Incredibly rare English sterling and coral baby's rattle with bells and whistles, Thomas Wallis II and Jonathan Hayne, 1790-1791
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INCREDIBLY RARE ENGLISH STERLING SILVER AND CORAL
BABY'S RATTLE WITH BELLS AND WHISTLE

In superb condition with magnificent brightcut engraving.

LONDON
MARK OF THOMAS WALLIS II AND JONATHAN HAYNE
1790-1791


6.25"l.,
ERW002
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Handsome English sterling stuffing/rice spoon, Hester Bateman, 1790-1791
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HANDSOME ENGLISH STERLING SILVER
STUFFING/RICE SPOON

Engraved "A"
In superb condition.


LONDON
MARK OF HESTER BATEMAN
1790-1791


11"l., 2.9 troy oz.
ERS002
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English sterling tea caddy, mark of Edward Cooper, 1775-1776
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CHARMING ENGLISH STERLING SILVER
TEA CADDY


During the seventeenth century, tea became an extremely expensive commodity. Most tea arrived in America via Malaya and Java packed in tiny tea chests hold a "kati" of tea. A "kati" measured a weight equal to approximately one and one-third pounds. The term "caddy" came from "kati", replacing the older term canister.

Tea caddies generally came in pairs; one for Bohea or Black tea, and one for Hyson or Green tea. Most tea caddies consisted of embossed or chased sheet silver. Beginning in the late eighteenth century finials were added atop the hinged lids, along with the implementation of fitted locks.

LONDON
MARK OF EDWARD COOPER
1775-1776


5"h., 3"l., 4.25"w., 8.9 troy oz.
ETC012
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Remarkable English sterling chamberstick with snuffer, Solomon Hougham, 1802-1803
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REMARKABLE ENGLISH STERLING SILVER
CHAMBERSTICK WITH SNUFFER

Bobeche and snuffer are original to this extraordinary piece.

LONDON
MARK OF SOLOMON HOUGHAM
1802-1803


5.75" bottom dia., 9.9 troy oz.
EC802
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Pair of Scottish sterling sauce tureens, 1799-1800
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IMPORTANT PAIR OF SCOTTISH STERLING SILVER
SAUCE TUREENS

Engraved with the crest, believed to be for the Tapper family, the translation : "It will be given to the persevering."

Seymour Wyler, in The Book of Old Silver, confirms what collectors have known for years: very little early Scottish silver exists. This may be attributed to two factors. First, the wealthy lairds and chieftains did not indulge in lavish appointments for the home like their English contemporaries. Second, many passionate Scotsmen sacrificed cherished family silver to foster noble and often political causes.

The French brought not only their cuisine to Great Brain when they fled during the French Revolution, but also the form of sauce tureens. This compressed oval, boat shape design with upswept handles captures French refinement. The covers are known for being steeply domed, so that the urn-shaped finials are the same height as the top of the reeded handles. The value and beauty of these pieces are in their simplicity.

EDINBURGH
MARK OF AN UNIDENTIFIED MAKER
1799-1800


4.75"h., 3.25"top dia., 11.5 troy oz.
EST151
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Substantial English silverplate asparagus tong in a "Fiddle Shell and Thread" pattern, mark of Elkington & Co., 1865
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SUBSTANTIAL ENGLISH SILVERPLATE
ASPARAGUS TONG IN A "FIDDLE SHELL AND THREAD" PATTERN

In exceptional condition.

BIRMINGHAM
MARK OF ELKINGTON & COMPANY
1865


11 1/4"l.
ESPAT167
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SPECTACULAR SET OF FOUR ENGLISH STERLING SILVER
MUGS

BIRMINGHAM
MARK OF ELKINGTON & CO.
1936-1937

Each 3" top dia., 4.5 "h.; 52.0 total oz.
ESM2005

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Silverplate 19th century three sectional mirror plateau, probably English
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SCARCE SILVERPLATE AND GLASS
THREE SECTIONAL MIRROR PLATEAU

Long prized for their versatility, mirror plateaus serve two main functions. The first is to accentuate a table's centerpiece. The second is to reflect, therefore double, the amount of light produced by a chandelier or candelabra. Applied plain plinths top paw feet and interrupt threaded banding that comprises rim.

PROBABLY ENGLISH
MAKER UNKNOWN
19th CENTURY

1.75"h., 24.25"l., 48"w.
EMP311

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DISTINCTIVE OLD SHEFFIELD PLATE
WINE COOLER

Once referred to as the "poor man's silver", Old Sheffield Plate captivates many. Accidental in its origin, the fusing of copper and silver enabled those of moderate means to own exact replicas of solid silver articles at a fraction of the cost. Implementing a let-in shield of sterling, the owners of such articles displayed their family crest without copper showing through. Old Sheffield Plate thrived for nearly a century before being replaced by electroplating. Bleeding, the occurrence of the copper base metal showing through to the surface signals the age and craftsmanship of such pieces.

ENGLISH
MAKER UNKNOWN
CIRCA 1810

8.5" top dia., 9.75"h.
EOSP211

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