This exceptional antique Victorian sterling silver fruit serving set consists of a pair of fruit serving spoons and a sugar sifter.
The anterior surface of each Old English pattern handle is embellished with impressive bright cut engraved floral and foliate decoration, incorporating a vacatant cartouche to each terminal.
The impressive bowl of each spoon is ornamented with further bright cut engraved floral and foliate decoration, in addition to a bird design to the centre.
The bowl of the sugar sifter is embellished with a florated pierced design with paralleling bright cut engraved and wrigglework decorated borders.
The reverse surface of each handle is plain and unembellished, with a rounded heel to the bowl.
These antique silver serving spoons and ladle are fitted to the original hinged leatherette box with satin and velvet lined interior, securing with a push fit catch.
The silver ladle was crafted by Christopher & Thomas Wilkes Barker in 1802, whereas the serving spoons were made by James Beebe in 1832 and William M Traies in 1825.
NOTE: To embellished early plain pieces with bright cut engraved decoration was common practice in the late Victorian period. These pieces would then be fitted to original boxes, which converted them into presentation pieces; this embellishment will have been completed circa 1890.
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