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Sterling Silver Wine Coolers - Antique George III

A magnificent, fine and impressive pair of antique Georgian English sterling silver wine coolers made by Benjamin Smith II & James Smith III; an addition to our antique wine and drink related silverware collection

SKU: W8217

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These magnificent antique George III sterling silver wine coolers have a classic campania shaped form onto a knop and domed circular spreading foot.

The lower bulbous portion of each antique wine cooler is ornamented with exceptional chased decoration displaying alternating leaf designs with floral stems consisting of simplified convolvulus, scrolling grape clusters and tendrils.

The surface of the upper portion of each body is plain and unembellished, with an impressive bead decorated border above a broad band of egg and tongue ornamentation to the flared rim.

Each antique wine cooler is fitted with an exceptional pair of reed decorated handles embellished with chased leaf ornamentation egressing from a plain central knop.

The impressive sockets of each handle are ornamented with an exceptional chased decorated Bacchanal style bearded mask design.

The flared knops to the pedestals are encircled with fine and impressive bead and tongue ornamentation below a band of stylised leaf designs.

These antique wine coolers are supported by domed circular spreading feet embellished with concaved fluted decoration and a plain collet style rims.

This exceptional pair of Georgian wine coolers retain the original detachable support frames, liners and push fit covers.

The surface of each component of the lining is plain and unembellished, apart from the featured hallmarks.

The components of these magnificent antique wine coolers were made by the renowned London silversmiths Benjamin Smith II & James Smith III* in 1810; these items will have been crafted in the same year but due to the hallmarking system all the components of one wine cooler are struck with the date letter P and the other bears Q.

* After a working relationship within the latchet manufacturers Boulton and Smith, Benjamin Smith II formed his fifth partnership with his brother James Smith III and registered their maker’s mark on 23rd February 1809.

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Date: 1810


These antique wine coolers are a magnificent gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional presentation condition.

The chased decoration is exceptionally crisp and sharp.

Full hallmarks struck to the surface of the collet rim of the foot and part hallmarks to liner, cover and support frame of each wine cooler are all very clear; the hallmarks are struck deeply and sharply due to the exceptional gauge of silver.

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


Diameter of top 25.2cm/9.9"

Diameter of base 12.5cm/4.9"

Diameter of liner 12.6cm/5"

Height 29.5cm/11.6"


262 troy ounce/8150g

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