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West Country: A very rare George II provincial silver saucepan

Sampson Bennett of Falmouth, c.1730-50

the circular bellied body with a reeded rim and pouring lip, mounted with a turned marine ivory handle, crested for Stephen Johns of Trewince House, Cornwall (situated only a few miles from Falmouth).

Size: 18cm long

Weight: 3oz 4dwt all in

Stock Number: A848

Price: £1,750


Huguenot Interest: A very fine George II silver salver

Paul Crespin, London, 1744

shaped circular with a tied reeded rim interspersed with rocaille shells, engraved with a fine period Armorial within a foliate rococo cartouche, all raised on three incurved tapering bracket feet.

Scratch Weight: "No.1 36=2".

Paul Crespin was one of the most important Huguenot Goldsmiths working in London in the 18th century. Examples of his work can be found in all the major museums. Ranging from the domestic to the exceptional, Crespin worked to the latest French manner for an elite and discerning clientele, the salver being executed to the most fashionable, yet restrained, elegant Parisian taste of the period.

Size: 33cm diameter

Weight: 34oz 17dwt

Stock Number: A847

Price: £5,750


A rare Arts and Crafts silver caddy spoon

William Thomas Pavitt, London, 1929

hand wrought with a planished finish throughout, the stem formed as a trefoil.

Note: Pavitt was an interesting figure who wrote "The Book of Talismans, Amulets and Zodiacal Gems" with his wife Kate, who herself was a longstanding member of Blavatsky's Theosophical Society with its belief in mystic Elder beings. Pavitt mainly provided jewels for the mystic/occultist communities associated around the Theosophical movement, with pieces often subtly incorporating various occultist sigils. His work in silver, though simple, is exceptionally rare.

Size: 9cm long

Weight: 13dwt

Stock Number: A846

Price: £475


A Victorian silvergilt pair of lemon wedge tongs and tray

Francis Boone Thomas & Co., London 1890/2

the rectangular tray with re-entrant corners together with a pair of small tongs with shaped flatend bowls, flat chased with foliate decoration throughout. Pristine Condition

Note: these have in the past been misdescribed as candle doubters but are in fact for serving lemon wedges with tea, though rare all original sets will retaining a gilt finish to protect against the action of any lemon residue. 

Size: the tray 8.5cm long

Weight: 2oz 5dwt

Stock Number: A845

Price: £375


A fine George II Provincial silver punch ladle

James Kirkup, Newcastle, 1733

the plain circular bowl with an everted rim and thick flared socket accommodating the original baluster turned fruitwood/lignum vitae handle.

Size: 34cm long

Stock Number: A843

Price: £780


A rare George II silver Livery Badge


formed as an armorial surmounted by a crowned to Dolphin, four securing rings to the reverse

Size: 8cm long

Weight: 1oz

Stock Number: A842

Price: £675


A very fine George II silver cream jug

John Harvey I, London, 1744

of baluster form with three cast scroll feet and a leaf capped scroll handle, interior gilt. Engraved with a Cypher (EKT) within a foliate rocaille c-scroll cartouche and also crested, scratch weight "2=18" to the base.

As nice an example of the form as you could wish to find. 

Size: 9cm long

Weight: 2oz 16dwt

Stock Number: A841

Price: £475


A very fine William and Mary silver patch box

maker's mark M crowned, c.1690

circular with matching deep moulded rope twist borders to the cover and base, intricately engraved with an elaborate vase of differing flowers and scrolling leaves, all centred with a Tulip. Gilt interior and a maker's mark to the base.

Size: 4.5cm diameter

Weight: 1oz 7dwt

Stock Number: A839

Price: £1,850


A fine George II silver and mother of pearl snuff box


the cover finely carved in relief with a crowned Ducal Cypher (XID) enclosed within a wreath, shaped silver mounts with finely moulded borders and a shaped thumbpiece.

Size: 8cm wide

Stock Number: A837

Price: £675


East Anglian interest: A fine Charles I silver seal top spoon

a rose struck four times, attributed to Norwich, c.1640 (possibly Arthur Hazelwood)

the fig shaped bowl with tapering stem and heavy cast double baluster finial with vacant seal top, traces of original gilding. Mark of a slipped rose struck once clearly to the bowl and three times to the base of the stem. Excellent heavy gauge and a good thick bowl.

Note: for a similar double baluster seal top spoon marked only with a rose and ascribed to Norwich see Bonhams, Bury St Edmunds, 22 September 2004, Lot 66. Also a similar baluster finial on a Norwich marked seal top spoon, Lawrences Crewkerne, 3 July 2018, Lot 155.

Size: 17.5cm long

Weight: 1oz 13dwt

Stock Number: A835

Price: £2,950


A rare Victorian Provincial silver marrow scoop

James Barber and William North, York, 1843

of typical plain double ended form. Heavy gauge and superb marks.

Note: genuine York marrow scoops are uncommon at best but towards the end of the Assay Office's life (c.1840-63) examples become extremely rare.

Size: 25cm long

Weight: 1oz 19dwt

Stock Number: A834

Price: £495


A very fine George II silver and mother of pearl snuff box

William Lestourgeon, London, c.1730

of oval form with a mother of pearl cover engraved with the figure Pulcinella from the Commedia dell'arte. Details of the costume follow the engraved designs of the character by the French Artist Nicolas Bonnart, first published in Paris c.1680.

Superb original condition and of a rare small size. 

Size: 5.5cm long

Stock Number: A831

Price: £1,250


A William and Mary silver mounted ivory pique handled travelling/fruit knife

cutler's mark T beneath a Crown, Hallamshire (Sheffield), c.1690

the ivory canon handle with profuse silver pique floral decoration and coloured inlay (lacking plain silver end cap), in the original leather slip case, decorated with stamped rows of thistles upon a reeded and banded ground.

The rare outer slipcase has allowed the handle to retain much of its original red and green colouring. A knife and fork in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum (313&A-1903) bears the same cutlers mark though they retain little of the original colour. A cutlery case, inlaid in the same fashion (M.30 2toG-1920) bears identical stylised tulips and is also attributed to an unknown Hallamshire workshop, though this style was also known to be a favourite of Ephraim How's workshop in London.

Size: knife 15.5cm long

Stock Number: A830

Price: £950


An early Swiss silver Apostle spoon

possibly Hans Conrad Waser, Zurich, c.1660

the foliate engraved fig shaped bowl with a curved stem and cast Apostle finial of St John, initialled to the bowl "IAI"

Size: 16cm long

Weight: 19dwt

Stock Number: A829

Price: £695


A Victorian silver parcel-gilt tea caddy spoon and a matching pair of sugar tongs

Henry John Lias & Son, London, 1878

Bacchanalian pattern, in the original fitted silk lined leather case.

Note: this set must have been put together by the firm early in 1879 as the caddy spoon bears the maker's mark used from 18th January 1878 and the tongs the partnership mark of Henry John Lias and James Wakely used from 7th February 1879 (both bear the matching "C" date letter for 1878-9)

Size: each piece 11cm long

Weight: 2oz 11dwt

Stock Number: A826

Price: £375


A very fine George III Sheffield Plate tankard


of tapering cylindrical form with beaded borders and an applied Neoclassical medallion depicting a classical Muse, probably Erato. The domed cover with a chased acanthus thumbpiece and gilt interior, the body crested for the Leslie family

Size: 21cm high

Stock Number: A825

Price: £775


Chess Interest: An Important Scottish Victorian silver claret jug

J.Reid, Glasgow, 1881

The "WEST OF SCOTLAND CHESS CHALLENGE CUP 1882" This is the Third Challenge cup (whose whereabouts was previously unknown). Presented by Andrew Bonar Law to the Glasgow Chess Club in 1882, This was also to serve as a model for the later National Trophy. 

A claret jug of ovoid form raised on a pedestal foot, with chased arabesque borders and a gilt hinged cover and acanthus capped scroll handle, chased with a central paneled border depicting all the Chess pieces in order of value from Pawn to King. Engraved with the names and dates of successive winners (Crum, Spens, Fyfe, Gilchrist, etc) from 1882 to 1891 when it was won outright by G.E.Barrier.

Size: 26cm hihg

Weight: 15oz6dwt

Stock Number: A824

Price: £4,950


West Country: An exceptionally fine and rare Queen Anne silver punch strainer

Henry Tolcher of Plymouth, Exeter, c.1710-5

the pierced circular bowl with twin openwork lug handles decorated with scrolls and hearts, the leopards head erased struck to one handle, maker's mark struck four times to the bowl. Superb colour

Size: 16.5cm long

Weight: 2oz 9dwt

Stock Number: A820

Price: £3,750


A Superb Victorian pair of Aestheic Movement silver napkin rings

George Unite, Birmingham, 1882

each circular with an acid frosted ground and very fine engraved Japanese style decoration depicting various exotic Birds and Fauna amidst asymmetric panels, in fitted silk and velvet lined leather case. Pristine condition.

Size: 5cm diameter

Weight: 1oz 10dwt

Stock Number: A818

Price: £595


An Important and extremely rare Charles I/II silver filigree travelling inkwell


of circular form with eight small fitted blown glass wells around a central vacant aperture, the box profusely decorated with foliate scrolls, the cover superbly depicting a Falcon with an applied rim of flowers. A filigree mirror case decorated with birds and scrolls (almost certainly from the same workshop) is in the collections of the British Museum, Collection No. OA.4562. 

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire.

Size: 5.5cm diameter

Weight: 1oz 13dwt all in

Stock Number: A809

Price: £2,950


A William and Mary silver nutmeg grater

John Albright, London, c.1690

of tubular form with a tulip engraved pull off cover and a separate cylindrical grater, both with maker's mark "IA", the base initialled "L*I", the whole engraved with stiff leave borders and banding

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire

Size: 6cm long

Weight: 13dwt

Stock Number: A808

Price: £1,500


A rare Charles II silver filigree comfit/patch box


heart shaped with a pull off cover finely decorated with foliate scrolls. The interior lined with wool to accommodate three small shells and a nineteenth century note inscribed: "Given to Augusta by G.A Knightley Horoman, Hull, 1862"

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire

Size: 3.5cm long

Weight: 9dwt all in

Stock Number: A807

Price: £1,400


A fine Victorian silver model canon

unmarked, c.1850

a fully articulated model of a canon with vent so possibly able to fire a small charge, fitted with a suspension ring.

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire

Size: 6.5cm long

Weight: 18dwt

Stock Number: A806

Price: £675


A George III Chinese Export silver filigree and enamel etui

Canton, c.1760-70

cylindrical with a pull off cover and gilt sleeve, profusely decorated with filigree scrollwork and sprays of coloured enamel flowers, gilt moulded borders.

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire

Size: 8.5cm long

Weight: 11dwt

Stock Number: A803

Price: £720


Royal: A superb German silver and hardstone salt cellar

Carl David Schrodel, Dresden, c.1770

circular on three scroll feet, intricately pierced with openwork shells and scrolls supporting a turned hardstone liner. Inscribed to the base "FA" for Frederick Augustus III, Elector of Saxony, later Frederick Augustus I King of Saxony. Also bearing the Royal Inventories number "44" and the scratchweight "10lt 2grs"

In superb original condition



Size: 8cm diameter

Weight: 4oz 17dwt free

Stock Number: A788

Price: £3,500


A rare George III set of six silver table forks

George Smith III, London, 1784-5 each bearing the Duty Drawback mark

Old English pattern, initialled "CP" in script. Each with a superb impression of the large duty drawback mark, one of the rarest marks in British silver.

Size: 20.5cm long

Weight: 13oz 11dwt

Stock Number: A787

Price: £2,700


A very fine George II silver and coral child's rattle

Sandilands Drinkwater, London, c.1740

profusely chased with rococo shells throughout, scrolls and flowers, with the original eight chased bells and coral teether. Exceptional original condition

Size: 15cm long

Weight: 1oz 18dwt all in

Stock Number: A786

Price: £2,200


West Country: A rare George II provincial silver mug

Samuel Wilmott, Exeter, 1727

of tapering cylindrical form with a tucked in base and moulded foot, cast leaf capped scroll handle and engraved with an original Armorial. Wonderful condition and colour

Size: 9.5cm high

Weight: 6oz 19dwt

Stock Number: A785

Price: £2,250


A George III 22ct gold mourning ring

William Hopkins, London, 1798

titled on a black enamel ground "John Goddard Esq OB 26 July 1798 AE 62" between white enamel borders

Size: 20mm

Stock Number: A784

Price: £1,100


A George III 22ct gold mourning ring

Michael Gamon, London, 1804 (cusped duty mark)

titled on a black enamel ground "Sir Edwd Blackett Bart OB 3 Feb 1804 AE 85" between reeded and milled gold borders.

Sir Edward Blackett, 4th Baronet (1719-1804) was High Sheriff of Northumberland (1757-58) and MP for Northumberland (1768-74)

Size: 17mm

Stock Number: A783

Price: £1,250


Ballooning Interest: A unique Irish George III pair of silver sugar tongs

Benjamin Tait, Dublin, 1785

Old English pattern, initialled "EW". Each arm engraved with a waving figure within a Hot Air Balloon. 

These sugar tongs match a similar Ballooning wine label made by Tait which recorded the flight of Mr Richard Crosbie's Hot Air Balloon over the city of Dublin on the 19th January 1785. (see The Finial, Vol 29/03 Mr Crosbie's Chariot)



Size: 14.5cm long

Weight: 1oz 5dwt

Stock Number: A777

Price: £3,750


A George IV set of four silver wine labels

Charles Rawlings, London, 1825

heavily cast "five bar gate" pattern with fruiting vine and original thick chains. Pierced titles of SHERRY, PORT, MADEIRA and LISBON.

Very fine condition.

Size: 6cm long

Weight: 2oz 19dwt

Stock Number: A774

Price: £825


A rare Charles II silver toilet box

Francis Garthorne, London, c.1670-80

circular with a hinged lidded cover, profusely chased with cherubs and putti amidst trees and fruiting vines.

Size: 8.5cm diameter

Weight: 6oz 4dwt

Stock Number: A773

Price: £2,400


An extremely rare Scottish Provincial George IV silver mounted cowrie shell snuff box

William Stephen Ferguson, Peterhead, 1825

the cowrie shell body mounted with a foliate bright cut engraved silver cover initalled "MB" and dated 1825.

Note: This unrecorded version of Ferguson's mark would have been used upon his arrival in Peterhead in 1825 possibly prior to his separate "PHd" punch coming into use. A known "WF" mark is recorded in a matching elaborate cartouche, struck alongside the Peterhead town mark.

Size: 8cm long

Weight: 3oz 16dwt all in

Stock Number: A761

Price: £P.O.A


An Important American Colonial set of six silver toy/child's spoons

Enos Reeves, Charleston, South Carolina, c.1770-5

Old English feather edge, initialled "H".

Note: Whilst English examples of eighteenth century toy spoons are uncommon, American examples rarely survive, certainly not in sets of six in pristine original condition by a very rare Charleston silversmith. Reeves also served as an Adjutant during the Revolutionary War.

Size: 9cm long

Weight: 17dwt

Stock Number: A760

Price: £3,800


Arts and Crafts: A fine George V silver and ivory knife

Edward Spencer for the Artificers Guild, London, 1912

the ivory handle inlaid with silver pique work and fitted with a planished silver curved blade, in the orginal silk and velvet lined fitted case, stamped in gold "The Artificers' Guild Ltd 4 Conduit Street London"

Size: the knife 24cm long

Weight: 2oz 1dwt all in

Stock Number: A759

Price: £775


A very fine George II silver snuff box

unmarked, c.1730

circular with moulded and waisted sides between reeded borders, the pull-off cover finely engraved with the Arms of John, 1st Earl of Ashburnham of the County of Sussex

Size: 5.5cm diameter

Weight: 1oz 4dwt

Stock Number: A757

Price: £1,750


A very rare George III Colonial silver wine label

John Catton, Gibraltar, c.1795-1800

of canted rectangular form with a triple reeded border and titled "Madeira"

Size: 4.5cm long

Weight: 7dwt

Stock Number: A755

Price: £900


A William III silver and tortoiseshell snuff box


rectangular with a triple lug stand-away hinge. The cover finely inlaid with foliate silver wirework

Size: 8cm wide

Stock Number: A752

Price: £1,750


Royal: A George III silver table fork

William Eley and William Fearn, London, 1798

Old English pattern, bearing the Royal Crest.

Subsequently engraved "EDC" and "EAFs" as inventory marks for Ernst Augustus' plate firstly as Duke of Cumberland and then latterly as King of Hanover

Size: 20.5cm long

Weight: 2oz 6dwt

Stock Number: A751

Price: £575


Royal: A George III pair of silver table forks

one George Smith III, London, c.1780 one Thomas Wallis II, London, 1790

Fiddle and Thread pattern, each bearing the Royal Crest of the Prince of Wales, later King George IV and the later crest of a panther

Size: 20.5cm long

Weight: 4oz 14dwt

Stock Number: A750

Price: £475


Royal Commemorative: A George III set of four silver salt spoons


each with cast foliate gilt shell bowls and rope-twist wirework stems applied with cast flowers and Dolphins all surmounted with Crown finials to commemorate the Coronation of King George III.

Size: 10cm long

Weight: 1oz 11dwt

Stock Number: A729

Price: £1,500


Royal: A Saxon silvergilt skippet box (seal case)

Christian Heinrich Rossbach, Dresden, c.1806-18

circular with a superb foliate engraved and beaded border around the Royal Saxon Coat of Arms

Size: 10cm diameter

Weight: 6oz 8dwt

Stock Number: A723

Price: £4.250


A Scottish Provincial George III silver wine label

Milne and Campbell, Glasgow, c.1763-70

of rare escutcheon ox's eye form, titled "PORT". Initialled "RD" in script to the reverse.

Size: 5.5cm long

Weight: 5dwt

Stock Number: A720

Price: £700


A very fine George III pair of silver ice spades

William Eley and William Fearn, London, 1818

Old English Thread pattern, each engraved with a fine Armorial.

Superb condition and gauge.

Size: 23cm long

Weight: 6oz 16dwt

Stock Number: A718

Price: £1,350


A rare Regency pair of copper gilt and close plated grape shears


the close plated steel scissors with indistinct makers marks (possibly "SILK"), fitted with reeded copper mercuric gilt handles decorated with fruiting vines and leaves, the finger rings modelled as twisted vine branches.

The combination of close plate and mercuric copper gilding is extremely rare.

Provenance: Private Collection of Sheffield Plate.

Size: 17cm long

Stock Number: A700

Price: £95


Historic Naval Interest: The Admirdal Viscount Duncan spoons

Thomas Tookey, London, 1781

a set of 12 tablespoons of Old English pattern with bright cut edges, engraved with the crest of Admiral 1st Viscount Duncan (1731-1804) one of the greatest British Naval heroes of the eighteenth century.

Born in Dundee he served through numerous campaigns but is most famed for the action at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797 for which he was presented with the Large Naval Gold Medal and an annual pension of £3,000, then the largest ever pension awarded by the British Government.

Size: 21cm long

Weight: 21oz 10dwt

Stock Number: A677

Price: £1,200


A George II silver caster

George Weir, London, c.1727-9

of baluster form with a finely pierced and ribbed domed cover, engraved with the period Crest of the Kirby family

Weir had an unusually short working career of only 2 years but his work was highly accomplished, this caster in particular is of the heaviest gauge and identical pattern to examples produced by DeLamerie at the same period.


Size: 15cm high

Weight: 8oz 3dwt

Stock Number: A559

Price: £1,950


A rare William III North Country dognose spoon

maker's mark II struck twice alongside an incuse fleur-de-lys, York/Leeds, c.1700

Dognose pattern with a pronounced ribbed rattail to the bowl.

These particular marks are recorded by Jackson on a Communion Paten in a prominent York Church, bearing the inscription "Given to Holy Trinity Church Goodramgate 1706" (Jacksons p.524)

Whilst a fleur de lys mark can be found on Leeds plate of the period (which is found on some Yorkshire Church Plate), there is a mention of a 'Mr Jones of York' for whom no work has currently been found. He was fined by the Goldsmiths Company for selling substandard gold rings in 1700, precisely at the time when hallmarking had been briefly suspended in York and interim punches may have been employed.

A rare example of these highly intriguing North Country marks

Size: 20cm long

Weight: 1oz 9dwt

Stock Number: A553

Price: £2,950


A George III Provincial pair of silver sugartongs

Thomas Wigan, Bristol, c.1770

Old English Laurelled Edge, initialled at right angles to the bow 'I+H'

A rare example of Bristol silver

Size: 13cm long

Weight: 1oz

Stock Number: A550

Price: £220


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'An Illustrated Guide to York Hallmarks 1776-1858..'

published June 2010, author Michael Baggott

'An Illustrated Guide to York Hallmarks 1776-1858 & A Transcript and Index of the York Assay Office Ledger 1805-1821'

The book comprises a photographic guide to York hallmarks covering the period 1776-1858, a catalogue of examples of items produced by York silversmiths during this period and most importantly a Transcript and Index of the York Assay Office Ledger (1805-1821) detailing each item sent for assay over this period.

The book is Hardback, A4 size, 328 pages with over 120 black and white illustrations. It is a limited editon of  100 copies.

Due to size and weight postage for the book within the UK is £7.50 by Royal Mail recorded delivery.

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Size: A4

Weight: -

Stock Number: A127

Price: sold