Pair of Antique Silver Pig Salt and Pepper Pots
Maker: Joseph Braham
A beautifully modelled pair of antique sterling silver condiments modelled as pigs with curly tails. The pepper pot (female) has...
A beautifully modelled pair of antique sterling silver condiments modelled as pigs with curly tails. The pepper pot (female) has a pull off top and the pepper shakes out of the eyes. The salt pot flips open and has a small indentation on the lid to fit a little spoon. Weight 181 grams, 5.8 troy ounces. Height 3.5 cms. Pepper – length 8.5 cms, salt – length 8 cms. London 1892. Maker Joseph Braham.
Literature: Stolen from our shop at waxantiques 49, Camden Passage, London N18EA on 4th July 2012
Crime Ref 2716480/12 PC Saydam (Islington Burglary Squad) 0207 421 0172
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
Maker: Joseph Braham
Joseph Braham, 19th century London silversmith. Specoalised in unusual items such as horn gimbel lighters, cigarette cases and cigar boxes. The business was acquired in 1897 and became Padgett and Braham. Stanley Padgett ( 1897 - 1986 ) was an entrepreneur with a family background in the jewellery and silversmith trade who, at the age of 25, bought his first business J. Braham Ltd with a bank loan of £100. It employed three silversmiths and one polisher to make silver cigarette cases. Mr Padgett went on to acquire more firms between the 1930s and 1960s; the silversmiths C.H. Dumenil in 1938, the well known and long established silversmiths Wakely and Wheeler in 1957, the gilders and platers Pairpoint and Sons in 1963 and the Flute Makers' Guild and the Birmingham silversmiths W.H. Manton in 1964. Monarch Shield Ltd, the company which introduced a tarnish free silver protection to the UK, was added in 1966. By this date the company had over 70 employees. A contemporary article about the firm stated that "since the war, Mr Padgett has been collecting craftsmen - his aim being to assemble under one roof the most skilled teams of experts available." The Birmingham gold wedding ring specialists H. Aston joined the business in 1969 and Stanley Padgett's son John Padgett continued this tradition adding Edward Barnard and Sons to the business in 1977. The insignia workshop was taken over from Garrards in the 1980s. The shrinking market for commercially produced silver led to the diminution of the trade and the business finally closed in 2006.
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