Vintage Silver Penguin Cruet by Richard Comyns
Maker: Richard Comyns
A quirky little silver condiment set modelled as a family of penguins. Very charming, each piece has a good weight,...
A quirky little silver condiment set modelled as a family of penguins. Very charming, each piece has a good weight, lifelike plumage and glass eyes. The mustard pot has a hinged lid and a little spoon, with the handle formed as a fish, which rests under the penguin’s beak.
Weight 329 grams, 10.5 troy ounces.
Maker William Comyns & Sons (Richard Comyns).
Marks. All are stamped with a full and matching set of English silver hallmarks, underneath the mustard pot and below the flipper of the salt and pepper shakers.
In in very good condition.
Maker: Richard Comyns
Richard Comyns. A prestigious firm of manufacturing silversmiths originally established by William Comyns in circa 1859 when he purchased the business of Robert Tagg, an outworker of Rundell, Bridge & Co. William Comyns, silversmith, of 1 Percy Mews, Rathbone Place, then 16 Silver Street, Golden Square, Soho, and then Beak Street, Regent Street. Additional premises taken circa 1903 at 54 Marshall Street, Soho. The firm became William Comyns & Son in circa 1885 when sons Charles and Richard became partners. William Comyns died 1916. The business became William Comyn & Sons Ltd in 1930, with R.H. Comyns as permanent governing director. In 1953 the company was purchased by Bernard Copping and is now one of the few surviving manufacturing silversmiths in London, with premises at Comyns House, Tower Street, London, WC2.
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