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Scottish Provincial: A very rare Victorian silver fish slice

William Stephen Ferguson, Elgin, 1848 (alongside Edinburgh Assay Office marks)

the Fiddle pattern stem with a pierced scimitar shaped blade wrigglework engraved with a border of naive flowers around a large fish. Stamped "WF" and "ELGIN" to the reverse of the stem alongside Edinburgh marks for 1848

Size: 32cm long

Weight: 7oz 8dwt

Stock Number: A812

Price: £875


A Victorian silver mounted combination vinaigrette and scent bottle

Frederick Marson, Birmingham, 1877

the rectangular clear glass body with a domed hinged cover over a glass stopper, the base fitted with a plain silver vinaigrette with gilt and foliate pierced grille, fully marked to the cover, grille and base. 

Size: 7.5cm long

Weight: 1oz 11dwt all in

Stock Number: A810

Price: £265


An Important and extremely rare Charles I/II silver filigree travelling inkwell


of circular form with eight small fitted blown glass wells around a central vacant aperture, the box profusely decorated with foliate scrolls, the cover superbly depicting a Falcon with an applied foliate rim, some glass bottles chipped. 

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire.

Size: 5.5cm diameter

Weight: 1oz 13dwt all in

Stock Number: A809

Price: £2,950


A William and Mary silver nutmeg grater

John Albright, London, c.1690

of tubular form with a tulip engraved pull off cover and a separate cylindrical grater, both with maker's mark "IA", the base initialled "L*I", the whole engraved with stiff leave borders and banding

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire

Size: 6cm long

Weight: 13dwt

Stock Number: A808

Price: £1,500


A rare Charles II silver filigree comfit/patch box


heart shaped with a pull off cover finely decorated with foliate scrolls. The interior lined with wool to accommodate three small shells and a nineteenth century note inscribed: "Given to Augusta by G.A Knightley Horoman, Hull, 1862"

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire

Size: 3.5cm long

Weight: 9dwt all in

Stock Number: A807

Price: £1,400


A fine Victorian silver model canon

unmarked, c.1850

a fully articulated model of a canon with vent so possibly able to fire a small charge, fitted with a suspension ring.

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire

Size: 6.5cm long

Weight: 18dwt

Stock Number: A806

Price: £675


Three very rare Victorian silver Archery Prize Badges

c.1860-70 (two dated 1861, 1869)

each formed as an arrow bearing a shield with a running horse over the initials "WB" two dated 1861 and 1869 to the reverse, traces of gilding.

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire

Size: 4.5cm long

Weight: 7dwt

Stock Number: A805

Price: £550


A very fine George III silver filigree Jockey's Cap tea caddy spoon

probably Samuel Pemberton, Birmingham, c.1790-1800

formed as a Jockey's cap with a vacant silver cartouche to the top. pristine condition

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire

Size: 5.5cm long

Weight: 8dwt

Stock Number: A804

Price: £775


A George III Chinese Export silver filigree and enamel etui

Canton, c.1760-70

cylindrical with a pull off cover and gilt sleeve, profusely decorated with filigree scrollwork and sprays of coloured enamel flowers, gilt moulded borders.

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire

Size: 8.5cm long

Weight: 11dwt

Stock Number: A803

Price: £720


A Victorian silver vinaigrette

Edward Smith, Birmingham, 1860

rectangular with engine turned decoration and wrigglework border to the sides, inscribed "AH from her two boys 16 Feb 1867" interior gilt and retaining the original sponge, with a small contemporary note "Augusta Horoman from GAKH & their little son Ernest Knightly Horoman Feb 16 1867" pristine condition

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire

Size: 2,5cm long

Weight: 7dwt

Stock Number: A801

Price: £225


A rare Victorian silvergilt Archery Badge


of cast cartouche form with a Royal Crown above "Victoria" and the letters "Q. St. L. A" for the Queen's Royal St Leonard's Archers of which Queen Victoria was Patron. pin absent

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire

Size: 2cm high

Weight: 3dwt

Stock Number: A800

Price: £275


An early German silver pomander


in the form of an egg with deeply engine turned zig-zag decoartion concealing a screw thread covered compartment at either end.

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire

Size: 4cm long

Weight: 16dwt

Stock Number: A799

Price: £325


An early Dutch silver sifting spoon

maker's mark a device, Amsterdam, 1744

the scalloped pierced bowl with foliate pierced decoration and a scroll handle applied with cast cherub masks and a seated squirrel. Old Repair to the stem.

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire

Size: 11cm long

Weight: 14dwt

Stock Number: A798

Price: £150


An Ottoman silver zarf

late 18th/early 19th century

of flared circular form with a foliate indented rim, raised on a small pedestal foot, foliate chased decoration between reeded borders throughout.

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire

Size: 5.5cm diameter

Weight: 16dwt

Stock Number: A797

Price: £140


A Victorian silver miniature doll's house sofa

import marked for Martin Sugar, London, 1893

modelled as an eighteenth century rococo sofa with foliate chased decoration throughout.

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire

Size: 6cm long

Weight: 16dwt

Stock Number: A794

Price: £125


A Victorian pair of Indian silver pepperettes

Bhuj in the style of Oomersi Mawji, Kutch, c.1880-1900

of spherical form on three ball feet with a tapered finial and screw fitting cap to the base, densely chased with bands of scrolling foliage between lapet borders. Very heavy gauge.

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire

Size: 6cm high

Weight: 3oz 17dwt

Stock Number: A789

Price: £125


Royal: A superb German silver and hardstone salt cellar

Carl David Schrodel, Dresden, c.1770

circular on three scroll feet, intricately pierced with openwork shells and scrolls supporting a turned hardstone liner. Inscribed to the base "FA" for Frederick Augustus III, Elector of Saxony, later Frederick Augustus I King of Saxony. Also bearing the Royal Inventories number "44" and the scratchweight "10lt 2grs"

In superb original condition



Size: 8cm diameter

Weight: 4oz 17dwt free

Stock Number: A788

Price: £3,500


A rare George III set of six silver table forks

George Smith III, London, 1784-5 each bearing the Duty Drawback mark

Old English pattern, initialled "CP" in script. Each with a superb impression of the large duty drawback mark, one of the rarest marks in British silver.

Size: 20.5cm long

Weight: 13oz 11dwt

Stock Number: A787

Price: £2,700


A very fine George II silver and coral child's rattle

Sandilands Drinkwater, London, c.1740

profusely chased with rococo shells throughout, scrolls and flowers, with the original eight chased bells and coral teether. Exceptional original condition

Size: 15cm long

Weight: 1oz 18dwt all in

Stock Number: A786

Price: £2,200


West Country: A rare George II provincial silver mug

Samuel Wilmott, Exeter, 1727

of tapering cylindrical form with a tucked in base and moulded foot, cast leaf capped scroll handle and engraved with an original Armorial. Wonderful condition and colour

Size: 9.5cm high

Weight: 6oz 19dwt

Stock Number: A785

Price: £2,250


A George III 22ct gold mourning ring

William Hopkins, London, 1798

titled on a black enamel ground "John Goddard Esq OB 26 July 1798 AE 62" between white enamel borders

Size: 20mm

Stock Number: A784

Price: £1,100


A George III 22ct gold mourning ring

Michael Gamon, London, 1804 (cusped duty mark)

titled on a black enamel ground "Sir Edwd Blackett Bart OB 3 Feb 1804 AE 85" between reeded and milled gold borders.

Sir Edward Blackett, 4th Baronet (1719-1804) was High Sheriff of Northumberland (1757-58) and MP for Northumberland (1768-74)

Size: 17mm

Stock Number: A783

Price: £1,250


A George III gold mourning ring


titled "REMEMBRANCE" in gothic capitals on a matted ground between reeded gold and black enamel borders.

Inscribed to the interior "Thos Atkinson Obt 1 Oct 1813 AEt 79"

Size: 20mm

Stock Number: A782

Price: £875


A George III gold mourning ring


the flared shoulders with black enamel and a small panel of plaited hair work beneath a crystal panel bordered by further black enamels and engine turning.

Inscribed to the interior "Martha Clarke Obt 8 Dec 1814 AEt 28"

Size: 19mm diameter

Stock Number: A781

Price: £675


An extremely rare George II silver mounted coconut stirrup cup

Thomas Hyde, London, 1748

the superbly carved coconut bowl carved with roundels, foliage and as a love token, dated within a double reeded heart "September Ye 7:1748:ny" with a foliate engraved silver rim and peg foot which may have served also as a pipe tamper. The style of date suggests the coconut was carved by an American Sailor from New York but mounted in London by Hyde in his first working year. 

Superb condition and exceptionally fine and skilled carving.

Size: 11.5cm high

Weight: 3oz 17dwt all in

Stock Number: A778

Price: £2,750


Ballooning Interest: A unique Irish George III pair of silver sugar tongs

Benjamin Tait, Dublin, 1785

Old English pattern, initialled "EW". Each arm engraved with a waving figure within a Hot Air Balloon. 

These sugar tongs match a similar Ballooning wine label made by Tait which recorded the flight of Mr Richard Crosbie's Hot Air Balloon over the city of Dublin on the 19th January 1785. (see The Finial, Vol 29/03 Mr Crosbie's Chariot)



Size: 14.5cm long

Weight: 1oz 5dwt

Stock Number: A777

Price: £3,750


A George IV set of four silver wine labels

Charles Rawlings, London, 1825

heavily cast "five bar gate" pattern with fruiting vine and original thick chains. Pierced titles of SHERRY, PORT, MADEIRA and LISBON.

Very fine condition.

Size: 6cm long

Weight: 2oz 19dwt

Stock Number: A774

Price: £825


A rare Charles II silver toilet box

Francis Garthorne, London, c.1670-80

circular with a hinged lidded cover, profusely chased with cherubs and putti amidst trees and fruiting vines.

Size: 8.5cm diameter

Weight: 6oz 4dwt

Stock Number: A773

Price: £2,400


A very fine Irish George III pair of silver shoe buckles

maker's mark WH, Dublin, c.1793-1807

of rounded rectangular form cast and pierced to resemble linked chain, each buckle with eight applied silver studs to the frame, fitted with steel chapes.

Each stamped "38" An elaborate and rare pattern, superb condition.

Size: 6.5cm long

Weight: 2oz 14dwt all in

Stock Number: A767

Price: £775


A rare Victorian silvergilt breeches buckle

Joseph Willmore, Birmingham, 1839

of rounded rectangular form cast with flowers amidst scrollwork.

Note: The Birmingham Assay Office would often mark buckles with the maker's mark struck twice to the reverse of the frame between the Town mark and Date letter on one side and between the Standard mark and Duty mark on the other. This example is rare as it was marked in error with the Town mark and Date letter twice, omitting the standard and duty mark completely.

Size: 4cm long

Weight: 11dwt all in

Stock Number: A764

Price: £110


A rare George I Provincial silver basting marrow spoon

John Langwith of York, Newcastle, 1716

the rattail bowl with a flared stem and marrow scoop end, period initials "L over JS" engraved to the back of the bowl.

Note: after the closure of the York Assay Office c.1715 two silversmiths from the city are known to have submitted wares to the Newcastle Assay Office for marking, Joseph Buckle and John Langwith. This very rare marrow basting spoon would have been submitted by Langwith in the first year he sent pieces to Newcastle and bears a superb impression of his maker's mark. No other York or Newcastle example of the period is known. 

Size: 30cm long

Weight: 4oz 2dwt

Stock Number: A763

Price: £5,700


American Colonial: A George III pair of silver sugar tongs

Daniel Dupuy, Philadelphia, c.1770-80

the shaped arms with elongated spoon bowls, profusely and superbly engraved with flowers, zig-zag borders and paterae, initialled "WME"

Size: 16cm long

Weight: 1oz 1dwt

Stock Number: A762

Price: £375


An extremely rare Scottish Provincial George IV silver mounted cowrie shell snuff box

William Stephen Ferguson, Peterhead, 1825

the cowrie shell body mounted with a foliate bright cut engraved silver cover initalled "MB" and dated 1825.

Note: This unrecorded version of Ferguson's mark would have been used upon his arrival in Peterhead in 1825 possibly prior to his separate "PHd" punch coming into use. A known "WF" mark is recorded in a matching elaborate cartouche, struck alongside the Peterhead town mark.

Size: 8cm long

Weight: 3oz 16dwt all in

Stock Number: A761

Price: £P.O.A


An Important American Colonial set of six silver toy/child's spoons

Enos Reeves, Charleston, South Carolina, c.1770-5

Old English feather edge, initialled "H".

Note: Whilst English examples of eighteenth century toy spoons are uncommon, American examples rarely survive, certainly not in sets of six in pristine original condition by a very rare Charleston silversmith. Reeves also served as an Adjutant during the Revolutionary War.

Size: 9cm long

Weight: 17dwt

Stock Number: A760

Price: £3,800


Arts and Crafts: A fine George V silver and ivory knife

Edward Spencer for the Artificers Guild, London, 1912

the ivory handle inlaid with silver pique work and fitted with a planished silver curved blade, in the orginal silk and velvet lined fitted case, stamped in gold "The Artificers' Guild Ltd 4 Conduit Street London"

Size: the knife 24cm long

Weight: 2oz 1dwt all in

Stock Number: A759

Price: £775


A very fine George II silver snuff box

unmarked, c.1730

circular with moulded and waisted sides between reeded borders, the pull-off cover finely engraved with the Arms of John, 1st Earl of Ashburnham of the County of Sussex

Size: 5.5cm diameter

Weight: 1oz 4dwt

Stock Number: A757

Price: £1,750


A superb Charles II silver, tortoiseshell and mother of pearl snuff box


oval with a twin lug stand-away hinge, the cover decorated with a pique pose scene depicting Hades abducting Persephone

Size: 7.5cm long

Stock Number: A756

Price: £2,750


A very rare George III Colonial silver wine label

John Catton, Gibraltar, c.1795-1800

of canted rectangular form with a triple reeded border and titled "Madeira"

Size: 4.5cm long

Weight: 7dwt

Stock Number: A755

Price: £900


Arts and Crafts: A fine George V silver spoon

Edward Spencer for the Artificers Guild, London, 1914

the small deep fig shaped rat-tail bowl with an elongated curved tapering hexagonal handle applied with delicate bands of alternating twisted and woven wirework, terminating in a bud finial

Size: 21.5cm long

Weight: 2oz

Stock Number: A753

Price: £620


A William III silver and tortoiseshell snuff box


rectangular with a triple lug stand-away hinge. The cover finely inlaid with foliate silver wirework

Size: 8cm wide

Stock Number: A752

Price: £1,750


Royal: A George III silver table fork

William Eley and William Fearn, London, 1798

Old English pattern, bearing the Royal Crest.

Subsequently engraved "EDC" and "EAFs" as inventory marks for Ernst Augustus' plate firstly as Duke of Cumberland and then latterly as King of Hanover

Size: 20.5cm long

Weight: 2oz 6dwt

Stock Number: A751

Price: £575


Royal: A George III pair of silver table forks

one George Smith III, London, c.1780 one Thomas Wallis II, London, 1790

Fiddle and Thread pattern, each bearing the Royal Crest of the Prince of Wales, later King George IV and the later crest of a panther

Size: 20.5cm long

Weight: 4oz 14dwt

Stock Number: A750

Price: £475


A very rare George III Theatrical silver medal

I.Warwick, London, 1817

bearing the named profile of the Actor John Philip Kemble with the dedication "The last of all the Romans fare thee well".

These medals in silver were worn at Kemble's retirement dinner in 1817. He was famous for his portrayls in classical roles alongside being manager of both the Drury Lane and Covent Garden Theatres. Examples of this medal are in both the Victoria and Albert Museum ( No.S.585-1997) and a holed example in the British Museum (MG.1481)

Size: 41mm diameter

Weight: 1oz 3dwt

Stock Number: A741

Price: £575


A George III Pitt Club Medal in fitted case

retailed by Green, Ward & Green, Ludgate Hill, c.1808-14

the silvergilt oval medal inset with a glass portrait of William Pitt, inscribed for "Augustus Warren Esq Junior". Original case and retailers label. Pristine condition.

Size: 5.5cm long

Stock Number: A736

Price: £650


Royal Commemorative: A George III set of four silver salt spoons


each with cast foliate gilt shell bowls and rope-twist wirework stems applied with cast flowers and Dolphins all surmounted with Crown finials to commemorate the Coronation of King George III.

Size: 10cm long

Weight: 1oz 11dwt

Stock Number: A729

Price: £1,500


Royal: A Saxon silvergilt skippet box (seal case)

Christian Heinrich Rossbach, Dresden, c.1806-18

circular with a superb foliate engraved and beaded border around the Royal Saxon Coat of Arms

Size: 10cm diameter

Weight: 6oz 8dwt

Stock Number: A723

Price: £4.250


A Scottish Provincial George III silver wine label

Milne and Campbell, Glasgow, c.1763-70

of rare escutcheon ox's eye form, titled "PORT". Initialled "RD" in script to the reverse.

Size: 5.5cm long

Weight: 5dwt

Stock Number: A720

Price: £700


A very fine George III pair of silver ice spades

William Eley and William Fearn, London, 1818

Old English Thread pattern, each engraved with a fine Armorial.

Superb condition and gauge.

Size: 23cm long

Weight: 6oz 16dwt

Stock Number: A718

Price: £1,350


A Private Collection of York silver sugar tongs


Four pairs Old English pattern, Nine pairs Fiddle pattern, initialled:

2 Robert Cattle and James Barber, 1808-14

5 James Barber and William Whitwell,  1814-23 (two with "S" mark)

2 Barber, Cattle and North, 1824-8 (one with later lion passant 1828)

2 Barber, Cattle and North, 1828-35 (one with 1830-2 lion passant)

1 James Barber and William North, 1835-46 (Victorian duty mark post 1839)

1 James Barber and William North, 1841-6

Size: 13.5-14.5cm long

Weight: 16oz 12dwt

Stock Number: A712

Price: £650


A rare Regency pair of copper gilt and close plated grape shears


the close plated steel scissors with indistinct makers marks (possibly "SILK"), fitted with reeded copper mercuric gilt handles decorated with fruiting vines and leaves, the finger rings modelled as twisted vine branches.

The combination of close plate and mercuric copper gilding is extremely rare.

Provenance: Private Collection of Sheffield Plate.

Size: 17cm long

Stock Number: A700

Price: £95


A fine William and Mary silver mug

maker's mark SS above a fleur de lys, London, 1690

of tapering cylindrical form with applied ribbed bands and a scroll handle, finely engraved with a period Gryphon Armorial

Size: 9cm high

Weight: 8oz 4dwt

Stock Number: A685

Price: £2,250


Historic Naval Interest: The Admirdal Viscount Duncan spoons

Thomas Tookey, London, 1781

a set of 18 tablespoons of Old English pattern with bright cut edges, engraved with the crest of Admiral 1st Viscount Duncan (1731-1804) one of the greatest British Naval heroes of the eighteenth century.

Born in Dundee he served through numerous campaigns but is most famed for the action at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797 for which he was presented with the Large Naval Gold Medal and an annual pension of £3,000, then the largest ever pension awarded by the British Government.

Size: 21cm long

Weight: 32oz 13dwt

Stock Number: A677

Price: £1,800


A George II silver caster

George Weir, London, c.1727-9

of baluster form with a finely pierced and ribbed domed cover, engraved with the period Crest of the Kirby family

Weir had an unusually short working career of only 2 years but his work was highly accomplished, this caster in particular is of the heaviest gauge and identical pattern to examples produced by DeLamerie at the same period.


Size: 15cm high

Weight: 8oz 3dwt

Stock Number: A559

Price: £1,950


A rare William III North Country dognose spoon

maker's mark II struck twice alongside an incuse fleur-de-lys, York/Leeds, c.1700

Dognose pattern with a pronounced ribbed rattail to the bowl.

These particular marks are recorded by Jackson on a Communion Paten in a prominent York Church, bearing the inscription "Given to Holy Trinity Church Goodramgate 1706" (Jacksons p.524)

Whilst a fleur de lys mark can be found on Leeds plate of the period (which is found on some Yorkshire Church Plate), there is a mention of a 'Mr Jones of York' for whom no work has currently been found. He was fined by the Goldsmiths Company for selling substandard gold rings in 1700, precisely at the time when hallmarking had been briefly suspended in York and interim punches may have been employed.

A rare example of these highly intriguing North Country marks

Size: 20cm long

Weight: 1oz 9dwt

Stock Number: A553

Price: £2,950


A George III Provincial pair of silver sugartongs

Thomas Wigan, Bristol, c.1770

Old English Laurelled Edge, initialled at right angles to the bow 'I+H'

A rare example of Bristol silver

Size: 13cm long

Weight: 1oz

Stock Number: A550

Price: £220


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'An Illustrated Guide to York Hallmarks 1776-1858..'

published June 2010, author Michael Baggott

'An Illustrated Guide to York Hallmarks 1776-1858 & A Transcript and Index of the York Assay Office Ledger 1805-1821'

The book comprises a photographic guide to York hallmarks covering the period 1776-1858, a catalogue of examples of items produced by York silversmiths during this period and most importantly a Transcript and Index of the York Assay Office Ledger (1805-1821) detailing each item sent for assay over this period.

The book is Hardback, A4 size, 328 pages with over 120 black and white illustrations. It is a limited editon of  100 copies.

Due to size and weight postage for the book within the UK is £7.50 by Royal Mail recorded delivery.

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Size: A4

Weight: -

Stock Number: A127

Price: sold