A fine and impressive antique Victorian Dutch sterling silver Nef; part of our silverware collection
This impressive antique sterling silver nef* has been realistically modelled in the form of a 16th century galleon or carrack.
This fine fully rigged Dutch made table ornament has three masts supporting realistically textured lateen sails.
The hull of the craft is chased decorated representing carved panelled wood.
The wirework rigging has been carefully crafted in a realistic ropetwist fashion.
The deck of the ship supports four figures in period dress.
The quality of this fine and impressive table ornament is reflected in the moveable, articulated nature of the anchor, rudder and pennants.
The nef is displayed on a wave shaped stand supported by four scrolling wirework feet.
* A NEF was originally an extravagant table ornament created to hold spices or wine. Latterly nefs became more ornate and decorative, foregoing their functional use.
A nef would be placed in front of the most important person seated at the table as a mark of their status.
This antique Dutch nef is a very good gauge of silver, fine quality and in excellent condition.
Multiple hallmarks include the Sword Dutch silver standard hallmark to the smaller parts such as the sails, pennants and anchor, the key hallmark, indicating the piece was made for export, and the Dutch 930 standard hallmark.
Full hallmarks struck to the surface of the hull, all moving and detachable parts are very clear.
Reflections in photography may detract from the true representation of this item.
Height to top of mast 30.7cm/12.1"
Width at widest part of hull 7cm/2.75"
13 troy ounces/404g