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SOLD - Sterling Silver Dessert Service For Twelve Persons - Antique Victorian

A fine antique Victorian English sterling silver dessert service for twelve persons; an addition to our silverware collection

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SOLD - Sterling Silver Dessert Service For Twelve Persons - Antique Victorian
SOLD - Sterling Silver Dessert Service For Twelve Persons - Antique Victorian

Description


The pieces of this fine antique Victorian sterling silver dessert service for twelve persons have an unusual floral twist design with gothic overtones.


The handles to each piece of this dessert service are ornamented with embossed and chased decorated floral and strapwork designs, displayed alternately through the twist design.


The knife and fork handles have distinctive rectangular shaped terminals incorporating a shaped rectangular cartouche to either side in addition to a domed faceted boss.


The spoons have oval scroll decorated terminals incorporating a vacant oval cartouche.


Both sides of each knife and fork blade are embellished with gothic style decoration, as is the heel of the spoon.


Each piece is individually hallmarked to the reverse, and to each ferrule.


This fine Victorian dessert service for twelve persons consists of:

12 Dessert Knives
12 Dessert Forks
12 Dessert Spoons

The service is fitted to a hinged mahogany box with two lift out trays.


The box is ornamented with brass fittings, including a shield shaped vacant cartouche to the centre of the cover.


The interior of the box and trays is lined with blue faux suede.


All the pieces in this service were made by the London silversmith Francis Higgins; the knives and forks were made in 1851, the spoons in 1854.


Condition


The pieces of this antique dessert service are a very good gauge of silver, fine quality and in excellent condition.

The engraved decoration to each piece is very sharp.

Full hallmarks struck to the surface of each piece, are very clear.

The mahogany presentation box has been professionally polished by a cabinet maker, and is in excellent condition.

The lid to the box is very slightly warped, but this does not detract from the overall appearance.


Reflections in photography may detract from the true representation of these pieces.


Dimensions


Knife Length 20.3cm/8"

Fork Length 16.5cm/6.5"

Spoon Length 17.8cm/7"


Total Weight


20 troy ounces/622g (excluding knives and forks*)


* As the knife and fork handles are filled, as would be expected of a service of this type and style, no weight can be provided.

 
 
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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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