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Presentation

On special occasions it is traditional to present an item made from a precious metal such as silver; trophy cups and bowls are often given as prizes, large cigar boxes and inkstands are popular retirement gifts. Very often these items bear a unique inscription which can be of special interest and these have become a popular collecting field.
A presentation trowel was traditionally given to commemorate laying the foundation stone of a building and this should bear an inscription with the name of the dignitary laying the stone, the building and the date of commencement (or completion) of the project. Special examples can sometimes have an engraved representation of the building, on rare occasions a life size presentation shovel was given to commemorate “the turning of the first sod”. Occasionally an ordinary fish slice, which could be bought from any silver retailer, was used for the presentation rather than commissioning a specially made trowel.

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Presentation

On special occasions it is traditional to present an item made from a precious metal such as silver; trophy cups and bowls are often given as prizes, large cigar boxes and inkstands are popular retirement gifts. Very often these items bear a unique inscription which can be of special interest and these have become a popular collecting field.
A presentation trowel was traditionally given to commemorate laying the foundation stone of a building and this should bear an inscription with the name of the dignitary laying the stone, the building and the date of commencement (or completion) of the project. Special examples can sometimes have an engraved representation of the building, on rare occasions a life size presentation shovel was given to commemorate “the turning of the first sod”. Occasionally an ordinary fish slice, which could be bought from any silver retailer, was used for the presentation rather than commissioning a specially made trowel.

  • 1659

    Anthony Ficketts

    9875 Commonwealth Silver Tankard

    £15,950

    A rare early English silver flat top lidded tankard with a cast, kidney shaped thumbpiece. The S-scroll handle has a shield terminal. Circa 1640 is the earliest date at which this tankard shape occurs and it’s unusual to find a tankard from this turbulent period and early date. Very charming, with hand beaten silver, the tankard displays a lot of character; a nice feature is the pointed front of the lid. Hand engraved to the front with a flat topped shield within ostrich plume feathers, a popular style of engraving from 1660-1690. Contains 1300 ml. Weight 763 grams, 24.5 troy ounces. Height 16.3cm (to top of thumb piece). Spread 15.7 cm. Diameter 11.4cm (inside top), 13.3 cm (base). London 1659. Silver from this period is very rare. Maker Anthony Ficketts, attribution by David Mitchell “Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London”. Sterling silver.

  • 1675

    Simon Romney

    8739 Antique Charles II Silver Porringer

    £7,500

    A rare piece of early English silver. A large 2 handled antique silver porringer of plain form. The matching cover has a capstan shaped finial so that the lid can be turned upside down and used on its own as a saucer. This has the form of a typical early Restoration porringer, with bellied shape and the lid sitting over the upper rim. There is a small silver support either side next to the handle for the lid to sit on. Hand engraved to the front, and repeated on the cover, are the arms and crest for the Yong family of Medhurst, Sussex. Weight 375 grams, 12 troy ounces. Height 14 cm (total), 10 cm (cup), 4.5 cm (lid). Diameter 10 cm. Spread across the handles 17 cm. London 1675. Makers mark “SR”* in a shield (there are 2 similar marks in Jacksons, see page 124 and 129, bottom of the page), probably Simon Romney.

  • 1686

    Thomas Cooper

    9938 James II Antique Silver Tankard

    £9,500

    A fine and rare early English sterling silver tankard with a flat hinged cover. Excellent size and quality. Good patina. With a scroll handle, decorative thumb piece and shield shaped terminal. A fabulous collector’s piece and still able to be used. To the front is a crisp armorial hand engraved within plumage feathers, in keeping with the period. An excellent example of early hand beaten silver with lots of character. Contains 1400 ml. Weight 731 grams, 23.5 troy ounces. Height 15.3cm. Diameter 12cm (top), 13.5cm (base). London 1686. Maker “TC, a fish above” probably Thomas Cooper, attributed by David Mitchell. Sterling silver.

  • 1697

    John Sutton

    9860 William III Silver Tankard

    £13,750

    Outstanding quality and unusually large quart size. A rare early English silver flat top lidded tankard in Britannia standard silver with a scroll handle and decorative thumb piece. To the front is a large hand engraved armorial capped by the crest of a griffin. To the top of the handle there is a set of prick engraved owners initials. An excellent example of early hand beaten silver with lots of character.Contains 2500 ml, a hefty quart capacity (1 quart = 2 pints). Weight 1420 grams, 45.6 troy ounces. Height 23 cm (to top of thumbpiece). Spread 25 cm. London 1697. Maker John Sutton.

  • 1702

    Edward Ironside

    9863 Queen Anne Antique Silver Tazza

    £1,750

    A very charming early silver footed salver with a thick gadroon border to the top and foot. Britannia standard silver*. There is a hand engraved crest of a stag to the centre. Weight 285 grams, 9.1 troy ounces. Height 6.2cm. Diameter 20.1cm. London 1702. Maker Edward Ironside.

  • 1705

    William Denny

    9945 Queen Anne Antique Silver Tankard

    £7,500

    An extremely large and imposing silver lidded tankard of tapering cylindrical form with a coopered band to the body. Britannia standard silver*. The embossed vertical fluting and bands of hand chased matted decoration are typical of the period. To the front is a hand engraved armorial within a large decorative cartouche. An unusual feature is the double thumb piece which attaches to both the handle and the lid. The handle has engraved owner’s initials. Good patina. Contains 1750 ml. Weight 1325 grams, 42.6 troy ounces. Height 21.2cm (to top of thumb piece). Diameter 12.8cm (top). Spread 23cm. London 1705. Maker William Denny.

  • 1710

    Robert Cooper

    9763 Queen Anne Silver Armorial Charger

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    A fine early English silver charger, or sideboard dish, having a broad rim with applied gadroon border. Britannia standard silver*. Hand engraved to the centre is a magnificent and finely executed coat of arms. Weight 936 grams, 30 troy ounces. Diameter 33.5cm. Height 3cm. London 1710. Maker Robert Cooper.

  • 1719

    Richard Bayley

    9137 George I Silver Teapot

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    A rare early English silver teapot of simple plain form. Britannia standard silver*. Pear shaped with domed hinged cover and original wooden handle. Hand engraved to the front is a coat of arms – argent, six Lions rampant, sable – within an incised shield, possibly for the Savage family. Early teapots were of small capacity because of the rarity of tea. Contains 570 ml. Weight 425 grams, 13.6 troy ounces. Height 14 cm. Spread 19 cm. London 1719. Maker Richard Bayley.

  • Circa 1720 - 1740

     

    9883 Early German Antique Silver Tazza

    £2,750

    An antique silver footed salver of plain circular form with a simple moulded border and a waisted pedestal foot. Excellent heavy quality. Hand engraved to the centre with a coat of arms flanked by a pair of dogs, surmounted by the coronet of a Count. The foot, with the original detachable screw, is now permanently attached to the top for stability. Weight 642 grams, 20.6cm. Diameter 23cm. Height 5.3cm. Stamped underneath to the centre with German silver marks for Hanover Altstadt, 1720-40. Maker’s mark “P.P”

  • 1724

    David Tanqueray

    9622 Pair of George I Silver Chargers

    £55,000

    An outstanding lot. A rare pair of George I silver sideboard dishes of plain circular form with wide borders. Large size and good heavy weight. *Britannia standard silver. Excellent patina. The centres are finely engraved with armorials within a baroque cartouche of strapwork and foliage, a shell above, a bearded mask below. The arms are those of Lane. Diameter 51cm, 20ins. Total weight approx. 6,950 grams, 224 troy ounces. London 1724. Maker David Tanqueray. A highly esteemed Huguenot maker.

  • 1724

    Thomas Tearle

    9999 George I Antique Silver Chocolate Pot

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    An early English antique sterling silver chocolate pot with straight tapering sides and domed lid typical of the period. Shaped wooden handle and square shaped spout. The top has a removable central cover so that the chocolate can be stirred. Excellent colour. Hand engraved to the front is a well-executed family armorial within a decorative cartouche. Weight 890 grams, 28.6 troy ounces. Height 22cm. Diameter of foot 12cm. London 1724. Maker Thomas Tearle. Sterling silver.

  • 1728

    James Stamp

    9958 George II Antique Silver Serving Spoon

    £1,650

    A massive antique sterling silver spoon in the popular Hanover pattern. Very useful long handled serving spoon. To the reverse of the handle terminal there is an intricate hand engraved armorial. Weight 271 grams, 8.7 troy ounces. Length 40cm. Bowl 12 x 7cm. London 1728. Maker James Savage. Sterling silver..

  • 1732

    Edward Pocock

    9807 George II Silver Coffee Pot

    £1,950

    A good plain style antique silver coffee pot with straight tapering sides and domed lid. To the front is an excellent contemporary hand engraved armorial within a decorative cartouche. The underside is inscribed with previous owner’s initials. Good gauge silver and excellent colour. Contains 650 ml. Weight 594 grams, 19 troy ounces. Height 20cm. Spread 19cm. London 1732. Maker Edward Pocock. Sterling silver.

  • 1733

    Robert Lucas

    9753 George II Silver Coffee Pot

    £1,950

    A good plain style antique silver coffee pot with straight tapering sides and a shallow domed lid. To the front is a contemporary hand engraved armorial within a decorative cartouche. Good gauge silver and excellent colour. Contains 640 ml. Weight 699 grams, 22.4 troy ounces. Height 20cm. Spread 19cm. London 1733. Maker Robert Lucas. Sterling silver.

  • 1738

    John Jacob

    9977 George II Antique Silver Kettle

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    A handsome antique sterling silver samovar of globular form having a shaped folding handle with leather finish. Hand engraved to the front is a large armorial within a decorative cartouche there is a matching crest on the reservoir lid and well. The matching stand has a cut-work frieze and stands on large shell feet, it has a removable burner well with push on top. Contains 1550 ml. Weight 1695 grams, 54.5 troy ounces. Total height (handle extended) 31.5cm, height (handle folded) 23.5cm. Spread 22.5cm. London 1738. Maker John Jacob. Sterling silver.

  • 1741

    George Wickes

    9951 George II Antique Silver Salvers

    £2,450

    A fine pair of antique sterling silver salvers with shaped borders and scroll feet. Hand engraved to the centre contemporary armorial within a decorative cartouche. The inside border is beautifully hand chased with shells and scrolls. These small size trays are often referred to as waiters and are ideal for use with small objects such as glasses and bottles. Total weight 728 grams, 23.4 troy ounces. Diameter 18.9cm. Height 2.2cm. London 1741. Maker George Wickes, Royal goldsmith. Sterling silver.

  • Circa 1749

    David Hennell

    8976 George II Antique Silver Teapot

    £2,250

    An early English sterling silver teapot of globular form. Early teapots were of small capacity because of the rarity of tea. Lovely plain shape with a straight spout and engraved decoration to the upper body. An attractive feature is the blobby mercury solder underneath which is completely original in the manufacture. Generally speaking bullet teapots were only made during the George II period. Weight 372 grams, 11.9 troy ounces. Height 12.5 cms (to top of handle). Spread 20.5 cms. London 1749. Maker David Hennell I.

  • Circa 1750

    William Townsend

    9668 Set of 3 Antique Silver Cups

    £5,650

    A fine quality George II sterling silver cup on a spreading foot. The scroll side handles have acanthus leaf mounts. The accompanying pair of smaller silver cups make a matching set. Each cup has a large hand engraved armorial to the front within a decorative cartouche and the scratch weight incised below. Excellent colour and very heavy weight. The large cup has a presentation inscription underneath to Harold Heinz, president of the H.J Heinz company. Large cup weight 1059 grams, 34 troy ounces. Height 17.6cm. Spread 26.5cm. Diameter 14.2cm. Small cups weigh 467 grams each, 15.01 troy ounces and 471 grams, 15.10 troy ounces. Height 13cm. Spread 17cm. Diameter 10.1cm. Large cup Dublin circa 1750, maker William Townsend. Smaller cups unmarked silver.

  • 1751

    William Cripps

    9899 Set of 4 George II Antique Silver Candlesticks

    £13,500

    A fantastic quality set of four antique silver candlesticks, cast in high relief with an unusual aquatic theme incorporating sea swirls and foam. Good size and heavy cast weight. The top of each of the bases has an intricately hand engraved armorial. The nozzles are original, rare for this early date, and click into place which is a nice feature. Weight 3723 grams, 119.7 troy ounces. Height 27cm. Diameter of base 14.7cm. London 1751. Maker William Cripps. Arthur Grimwade describes Cripps as an accomplished craftsman and versatile exponent of the rococo style who enjoyed considerable clientele.

  • 1751

    Elizabeth Godfrey

    9913 George II Silver Cruet Set

    £3,950

    A rare early English silver cruet with two bottles for oil and vinegar and a small silver castor or pepperette. Excellent weight and large size. The heavy cut crystal bottles have multi-faceted cut decoration, typical of the period. The silver frame has an acanthus scroll carrying handle and side supports for the bottle tops and pepperette. The top of the frame has a hand engraved armorial which matches those on the bottle tops. Total weight of silver 955 grams, 30.7 troy ounces. Height 23.5cm (overall), 20.7cm (bottle), 9.5cm (pepper). Base measures 19.3 x 16.3cm. London 1751. Maker Elizabeth Godfrey, a highly respected Huguenot lady silversmith.

  • 1753

    Samuel Herbert And Company

    9906 George II Silver Basket

    £2,250

    An elegant antique silver basket of oval form with a swing handle and rope borders. The simple basket weave decoration creates a clean classical style. Hand engraved to the centre is a large armorial within a decorative cartouche, the motto below reads “In Cruce Salus”. These handy multi-purpose serving baskets were originally used for bread and fruit but now are equally perfect for cakes or flowers. Weight 773 grams, 24.8 troy ounces. Height 7.7cm (26 cms to top of handle). Top measures 33 x 24.5cm. London 1753. Maker Samuel Herbert & Co. Sterling silver

  • 1755

    William Grundy

    9858 George II Silver Sauceboats

    £2,850

    A handsome pair of antique sterling silver sauceboats with typical classic shape and plain styling of the period. Large size and good weight. Hand engraved crest to the front. Each has a Latin inscription engraved to the underside, dated 1756, in old fashioned script. Total weight 874 grams, 28.1 troy ounces. Spread 22 cm. Height 13.9 cm (to top of handle). London 1755. Maker William Grundy. Sterling silver.

  • 1755

    Edward Wakelin

    9859 George II Antique Silver Salver

    £6,550

    Large size and very impressive. A rare antique silver salver, of unusual square waisted form with gadroon borders and shell corners. Heavy gauge silver. The outside centre has a traditional shell and foliate engraved theme with shells and a crest to each corner. Engraved to the centre is a marriage coat of arms with an “escutcheon of pretence”, and the motto “Laudabunt Alii Rhodon” circa 1790. The engraved mantling, of an unfurling ruffle of cloth, is very striking and contemporary to the arms. Weight 2190 grams, 70.4 troy ounces. Height 4.5cm. Width 40cm. London 1755. Maker Edward Wakelin. Sterling silver.

  • 1758

    Elizabeth Godfrey

    9843 George II Silver Salver

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    Excellent large size. A fine early English salver with the square form and plain styling typical of the period. The hand engraved border has a detailed band of scrolls, shells and matting with mythical face masks to the corners and erupting volcanoes to the sides. To the centre is a family coat of arms within a decorative cartouche. Weight 2194 grams, 70.5 troy ounces. Height 3 cm. Diameter 40 cm. London 1758. Maker Elizabeth Godfrey, whose Huguenot origins can be seen in this piece.

  • 1759

    Charles (Frederick) Kandler

    10106 George II Antique Silver Salver

    £3,500

    A fine early English silver salver by the sought after maker Charles Frederick Kandler. Of square form, and raised on tall scrolling feet, this rare salver is hand engraved with an expansive outer border of scroll motifs, the centre with the crest of a dog with a tree behind. Super heavy quality and feels very good in the hand. Perfect to stand a bottle or wine glass on top. Weight 408 grams, 13.1 troy ounces. Width 16cm. Height 4cm. London 1759. Maker Charles Frederick Kandler. Sterling silver.

  • 1761

    George Methuen

    9965 Set of George III Antique Silver Plates

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    A stunning set of 12 antique sterling silver plates of plain design and shaped gadroon border. Excellent quality. Each with a large armorial hand engraved to the rim with the motto “Credens Adjuvor” and crown above. Total weight 6683 grams, 214.8 troy ounces. Diameter 23.6cm. London 1761. Maker George Methuen.

  • 1763

    Sebastian & James Crespel

    9982 George III Antique Second Course Plate

    £1,950

    A fine antique silver plate of plain design with traditional shaped gadroon borders. This large size is generally referred to as a second course dish. Excellent quality and weight. Hand engraved to the edge with a large coat of arms with crown and motto “Perdeum Etferrum Obtinui”. Weight 816 grams, 26.2 troy ounces. Diameter 29.4cm. London 1763. Maker Sebastian & James Crespel.

  • 1763

    Peter Archambo

    9983 George III Antique Second Course Plate

    £1,950

    A fine antique silver plate of plain design with traditional shaped gadroon borders. This large size is generally referred to as a second course dish. Excellent quality and weight. Hand engraved to the edge with a large coat of arms with crown and motto “Perdeum Etferrum Obtinui”. Weight 806 grams, 25.9 troy ounces. Diameter 29.4cm. London 1763. Maker Peter Archambo II (apprenticed to the illustrious Paul de Lamerie) & Peter Meure.

  • 1769

    Daniel Smith And Robert Sharp

    9850 George III Silver Salver

    £5,750

    Magnificent quality. Large size. This antique silver salver has a superb cast and pierced border with fruiting vines, scrolls, masks and ho ho birds. To the centre is a hand engraved cost of arms surmounted by a bird crest. All raised on 4 pierced and vine leaf decorated feet. Weight 1832 grams, 58.8 troy ounces. Diameter 38cm. Height 5cm. London 1769. Maker Daniel Smith and Robert Sharpe. Sterling silver.

  • 1773

    William Holmes & Nicholas Dumee

    9848 George III Silver Tureens

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    A fine set of 4 antique silver sauce tureens with matching stands and lids. Of classical oval form, they have traditional gadroon borders and lions mask side handles. Hand engraved to the front of each there is a large coat of arms within a decorative cartouche, and to the reverse there is a lion crest above a coronet. The attractive cast silver lid finials have a daisy and foliate design. Total weight 4,040 grams, 129 troy ounces. Height 16 cm. Tureen top 17 x 12 cm. London 1773. Maker William Holmes & Nicholas Dumee. Sterling silver.

  • Circa 1780

     

    9896 Antique Silver Table Trivet

    £1,650

    An unusual 18th century miniature table of rectangular form standing on cabriole legs. A perfect display for a small tea set or pair of candlesticks. The solid wood top, with inset armorial plaque, is mounted with a silver framework. The underside still has the original claws to hold the wood in place and the pretty little wing nuts for the silver plaque; the remains of an old collector’s label can be seen in the corner. Top measures 26.2cm x 16.4cm. Height 6.3cm. Maker’s mark only, stamped twice. Probably Italian. A grand tour piece. Circa 1780.

  • 1786

    John Crouch & Thomas Hannam

    9231 George III Silver Salver

    £3,350

    A large size antique sterling silver salver with bead border and splay feet. Hand engraved to the top surface is a magnificent oak leaf and acorn border with an armorial and leaf cartouche to the centre. Weight 1845 grams, 59.3 troy ounces. Diameter 47 cm. Height 4.2 cm. London 1786. Maker Crouch and Hannam.

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