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SOLD Sterling Silver Ceremonial/Presentation Key - Antique Victorian

A fine and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver ceremonial/presentation key; an addition to our ornamental presentation collection

SKU: W8627
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SOLD Sterling Silver Ceremonial/Presentation Key - Antique Victorian
SOLD Sterling Silver Ceremonial/Presentation Key - Antique Victorian

Description


This fine antique Victorian sterling silver presentation key has a quatrefoil shaped bow (handle) to a waisted panelled shaft and rectangular toothed bit.


Each side of the shaped bow/terminal to the key is embellished with a paralleling tooled decorated bordered cartouche in addition to a leaf motif to each incurve.


The cartouche to the anterior surface of the key bears the contemporary engraved inscription ‘To R Allinson Esq on the occasion of the opening of the P.M.Church, Bewick Main, Oct. 20. 1900’.


The reverse surface of the bow is vacant, apart from the feature hallmarks.


The plain panelled waisted shaft is encircled with a bead decorated knop.


This impressive Victorian key terminates with a plain cylindrical tip and decorative geometrically cut bit embellished with pin struck decoration.


The key is fitted to the original hinged leatherette presentation box with satin and velvet lined interior, securing with a push fit catch.


Date: 1898

Condition


This antique presentation key is an exceptional gauge of silver, fine quality and in exceptional condition.

The box is in presentation condition, in keeping with age.

The tooled decoration is very sharp and the engraved decoration is very crisp.

Full hallmarks struck to the reverse of the key are all very clear; the hallmarks are struck deeply due to the exceptional gauge of silver.


Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this piece of Victorian silverware.


Dimensions


Length 11.3cm/4.4"

Width of bow 4.4cm/1.7"


 
 
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Andrew Campbell started trading in Antique Silver in the 1970's. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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