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Sterling Silver and Glass Communion Set - Antique Victorian (1839)

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver and glass communion set; an addition to our diverse religious silverware collection

SKU: A8232

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This exceptional antique Victorian sterling silver communion set consists of a chalice, paten and wine phial/flask.

The chalice has a circular rounded form onto a knopped pedestal and spreading foot with a collet style rim.

The interior of the chalice retains the original gilding.

The paten has a circular tazza shaped form to a plain circular spreading foot.

The rim of the paten is embellished with an applied moulded border.

Both the paten and chalice are ornamented with a fine and impressive bright cut engraved hexadecagon sunburst motif with the initials 'ihs'* to the centre in addition to a cross pattee and three geometric motifs.

This antique communion set further benefits from the original faceted glass phial/flask.

The flask retains the original glass stopper and plain cylindrical sterling silver screw fit cover.

The communion set is fitted to the original hinged leatherette box with velvet and satin interior, securing with two swivel catches.

* IHS comes from the first three letters of the Latinised version 'IHSOUS' of the Greek spelling 'ΙΗΣΟΥΣ', which translates as the Holy Name of Jesus. Many perceive these initials to delineate the Latin phrase 'Iesus Hominum Salvator' meaning 'Jesus the Savior of all Men', which is not historically accurate.

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Date: 1839


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

The glass phial is in perfect condition.

The box is also in excellent presentation condition.

The bright cut engraved decoration is very crisp.

Full hallmarks struck to the surface of the chalice and cover of the phial, in addition to the underside of the paten are all very clear.

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



Diameter of rim 4.5cm/1.8"

Diameter of foot 4cm/1.6"

Height 6.9cm/2.7"


Diameter of rim 6.5cm/2.6"

Diameter of foot 3.7cm/1.5"

Height 1.1cm/0.4"


Length 4.2cm/1.7"

Width 2.8cm/1.1"

Height 7.5cm/3"

Total Weight

3.1 troy ounces/97.4g (excluding glass vessel)

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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. 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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