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Sterling Silver Dessert Service - Antique Victorian (1856)

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver dessert service for eighteen persons - boxed; an addition to our dining silverware collection

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Description


This exceptional antique Victorian sterling silver dessert service consists of eighteen knives and eighteen forks.


The blades of the knives have a shaped rounded form and the forks each have four tines/prongs.


The anterior and reverse surface of each knife is embellished with fine and impressive bright cut engraved figural bearded mask designs enhanced with emanating scroll leaf decoration.


Each fork is ornamented with a bright cut engraved mask to the drop, in addition to an elongated leaf motif to the stem.


Each piece of this silver dessert set is fitted with the original, hallmarked sterling silver handle.


The embossed handles are ornamented with a fruiting vine design and contemporary bright cut engraved crest of an armoured arm embowed holding in the hand an arrow, all encompassed with an interlacing ribbed decorated border,


The upper portion of the handles are embellished with scroll and pendant drop ornamentation, in addition to a mask design to the terminal.


This Victorian silver dessert cutlery set is fitted to the fine and impressive original hinged mahogany canteen box with a lift up lid and two lift out trays.


The interior of the box has a blue velvet lining and is ornamented with a brass shield shaped cartouche to the cover.


The impressive cartouche displays the aforementioned crest above the contemporary engraved initials 'GM'.


Each set of hallmarks is accompanied by a 'lozenge mark' which certifies the patent of this piece on 19th February 1856 with the UK Patent Office.


This exceptional service is one of the finest examples of its type you could hope to acquire.


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Date: 1856

Condition


This antique Victorian silver dessert cutlery set is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional presentation condition.

The bright cut engraved decoration is all very crisp and the embossed decoration is all very sharp.

Full hallmarks struck to the reverse of each piece and the surface of each handle ferrule 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 these fine examples of Victorian cutlery.


Dimensions


Knife 21.2cm/8.3"

Fork 17.2cm/6.8"


Weight


46.9 troy ounces/1460g


 
 
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