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SOLD - Sterling Silver and Iron 'Tortoise' Desk Bell - Antique George V

An exceptional, fine and impressive, large antique George V English sterling silver and cast iron desk bell modelled in the form of a tortoise; an addition to our animal related silverware collection

SKU: A4891

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SOLD - Sterling Silver and Iron 'Tortoise' Desk Bell - Antique George V


This exceptional antique George V sterling silver desk bell has been realistically modelled in the form of a tortoise.

The hallmarked sterling silver shell is embellished with chased decoration reproducing the fine details of the reptile's carapace and nuchal scutes; otherwise known as plates, shields or scales.

The sterling silver shell secures to the base with four screw fitments.

The base of this impressive table bell is crafted in cast iron, recreating the form of the tortoise's feet, head, tail and plastron (lower shell).

The underside of the cast iron body features the original integrated winding key.

This exceptional, fully operational bell is activated by bearing down on the tortoise's head or tail.

This antique sterling silver bell is a large example for its type.

Date: 1923


This antique desk bell is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.

Full hallmarks struck to the surface of the shell are all very clear; the hallmarks are struck deeply due to the superior gauge of silver.

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


Length 17.2cm/6.8"

Width 9.6cm/3.8"

Height 5.4cm/2.1"


An accurate weight cannot be provided as this antique desk bell has an iron base.

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