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Michael Baggot Antiques 18 July 2018

An Irish William IV silver meat skewer

James Scott, Dublin, 1832

of plain tapering form with a flared ring terminal, crested for Brereton of Ireland

In superb original condition with crisp marks

Size: 30.5cm long

Weight: 2oz 9dwt

Stock Number: A614

Price: £295


A rare early Victorian silver single cigar case

Thomas William Dee, London, 1862

of torpedo form with engine turned decoration throughout.

No earlier example of an individual silver cigar case appears to be recorded. Given Dee's reputation for novelty and innovation in silver it may be that this is the earliest known individual cigar case.

Size: 13cm long

Weight: 1oz 3dwt

Stock Number: A612

Price: £475


A George II pair of silver tablespoons

Philip Roker II, London, 1733

Hanoverian pattern, crested

Excellent marks

Size: 20.5cm long

Weight: 4oz 7dwt

Stock Number: A611

Price: £320


An Irish Victorian silver private die teaspoon

maker's mark JS, Dublin, 1863

King's pattern variant with the die struck lettering:

"The County Carlow Agricultural Society" 

Size: 14.5cm long

Weight: 1oz 5dwt

Stock Number: A610

Price: £95


Worshipful Company of Salters: A Victorian silver salt spoon

John Bodman Carrington for Carrington & Co. overstriking George Fox, London, 1893

the gilt shell bowl with cast rocaille stem surmounted by the Company's Arms and Motto "Sal Sapit Omnia" (salt flavours everything), initialled "V"

Size: 12cm long

Weight: 11dwt

Stock Number: A609

Price: £75


An early Swiss pair of silver knives

Etienne Marc Giscard, Vevey, c.1740

the plain curved silver blades fitted to heavy cast octagonal pistol grip leaf capped handles, each finely engraved with a period Armorial surmounted by a Coronet

Size: 19.5cm long

Weight: 3oz 15dwt the pair

Stock Number: A608

Price: £220


An early Dutch silver comfit/snuff box

Jan de Hoop, Amsterdam, 1736

of rare Heart shape the cover cast with three Maidens in a field gathering flowers in the folds of their dresses.

There can be little doubt that from the rare shape and decoration of the box that it intended to serve as a Love Token though practically it may have been used either for comfits or for snuff.



Size: 5cm long

Weight: 1oz

Stock Number: A607

Price: £1,500


West Country: A William III provincial silver spoon

struck with a Cinquefoil five times, attributed to Barnstaple, c.1690-1700

Trefid pattern with a beaded rattail to the bowl, the stem later initialled and dated EG/AP/1739.

The Cinquefoil punch is recorded some 20 years earlier in Barnstaple and is illustrated in Barnstaple Silver and its Makers by T.A.Kent, 1995 p20 fig 59.

It may be noted that the fifth impression is of a smaller unrecorded version of the Cinquefoil punch which may be specific to the particular maker of this spoon.

Of good colour, a very pleasing example of a period provincial spoon, clear marks and a crisp rattail to the bowl.

Size: 20cm long

Weight: 1oz 2dwt

Stock Number: A606

Price: £750


A rare George III silver Armorial wine label

unmarked, c.1770

pierced and engraved with the crest and motto of Ayscough of Newcastle, Northumberland and Scotland, titled "SWEET WINE"

Size: 4cm long

Weight: 3dwt

Stock Number: A605

Price: £495


A fine Victorian silver sifting spoon

Charles Thomas and George Fox, London, 1852

with a gilt shell bowl pierced with foliate scrolls and a cast rocaille handle, matted and hand chased throughout, crested

In superb pristine condition 

Size: 17.5cm long

Weight: 2oz 9dwt

Stock Number: A604

Price: £575


A George II pair of rococo silver gilt tea tongs

Philip Roker II, London, c.1739-55

of cast and chased naturalistic form with the arms finely modelled as leaf entwined branches

maker's mark and standard mark clearly struck to each foliate bowl

extremely crisp detailing throughout

Size: 12cm long

Weight: 1oz 2dwt

Stock Number: A602

Price: £275


A George III silver caddy spoon

Cocks and Bettridge, Birmingham, 1805

Old English pattern with a shovel form bowl, bright cut engraved throughout with foliate wrigglework borders and vacant cartouches


Size: 6cm long

Weight: 5dwt

Stock Number: A601

Price: £125


A Scottish Provinicial George III pair of silver sugar tongs

Robert Wildgoose, Aberdeen, c.1775

profusely bright cut engraved with rounded bowls,

maker's mark only struck once to the interior of each bowl

A rare maker and superb condition


Size: 13.5cm long

Weight: 1oz

Stock Number: A599

Price: £275


A German brass and steel fork

Carlsbad, c.1740

the pistol shaped handle with cast brass Coach and Horses decoration

Provenance: Ex Bill Brown collection

Size: 18cm long

Stock Number: A597

Price: £175


A rare and early Scottish figural wood and steel fork


the plain steel prongs fitted with a carved wooden handle in the form of a military figure in traditional Highland dress bearing a spear or Halberd

The naive carving of the handle is highly suggestive of work which may well have been carved by the original owner of the fork.

A rare example of Scottish eigtheenth century Folk Art

Provenance: Ex Bill Brown Collection


Size: 14.5cm long

Stock Number: A594

Price: £475


An early American Colonial pair of silver tea tongs

maker's mark AB struck twice, tentatively ascribed to Adrian Bancker, New York, c.1730-40

of cast scroll scissor form with naive foliate engraved decoration to the hinge, initialled 'LG' and marked twice just above the finger rings with AB beneath a foliate device.

Adrian Bancker's mark is usually AB struck within a plain oval, Belden however notes another AB punch within a heart which she tentatively ascribes to Bancker and another version of his mark within a rectangular punch is recorded in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on a silver cream pot (accession no.44.88). With no other candidiate of the period bearing the correct initials it is more than likely that these tongs bear another unrecorded early version of his mark.

In excellent original condition.

Size: 11.5cm long

Weight: 16dwt

Stock Number: A590

Price: £1,650


Last Chester Date Letter: A silver Armada dish

Margaret Joyce and John ffoulkes Lowe, Chester, 1st July-24th August 1962

the plain circular dish with a double reeded border, bearing large specimen marks for the last Chester date letter

The last Chester date letter was used for only 55 days from the 1st July until 24th August 1962.


Size: 11.5cm diameter

Weight: 3oz 14dwt

Stock Number: A586

Price: £190


A rare William III provincial silver childs spoon

Thomas Hutchinson, Great Yarmouth, c.1696

Trefid pattern, prick dot engraved 'JT over EH 1696'

The large 'E' within the initials may be an assayscrape which was incorporated into the decoration by Hutchinson

Size: 13cm long

Weight: 9dwt

Stock Number: A585

Price: £4,250


A fine Charles II provincial silver spoon

Edward Lewis, Liverpool, c.1680

Trefid pattern, initialled 'K over ID'

Edward Lewis worked in Liverpool from 1672 until his death in 1691, subsequently examples of his work are very rare. This spoon bears not only his makers mark but the earliest 'Liver Bird' mark which Lewis adopted from the Liverpool Civic Arms.

Size: 19.5cm long

Weight: 1oz 14dwt

Stock Number: A584

Price: £4,450


A George II pair of early enamel wine labels

Battersea or South Staffordshie, c.1750

of escutcheon form, the white enamel ground with foliate decoration, titled 'Madeira' and 'Rd.Port'


Size: 7cm long

Stock Number: A583

Price: £475


An Irish Provincial George III pair of silver sugar tongs

John Nicolson, Cork, c.1780

bright cut engraved decoration throughout, initialled 'R over GE"


Size: 15cm long

Weight: 19dwt

Stock Number: A582

Price: £375


A Scottish Provincial William IV soup ladle

John O'Raily of Dumfries, alongside marks for Edinburgh,1835

Fiddle pattern

Of exceptional heavy gauge and in near pristine condition

O'Raily is amongst the rarest of nineteenth century Dumfries silversmiths, this ladle must surely count amongst the very best examples of his work

Size: 35cm long

Weight: 9oz 1dwt

Stock Number: A581

Price: £750


A George III pair of silver serving spoons

William Eley and William Fearn, London, 1804

Old English pattern with finely engraved Crests for Gordon (or Hay-Gordon)

In superb condition with clear marks

Size: 30.5cm long

Weight: 7oz 6dwt

Stock Number: A580

Price: £275


A Canadian Victorian pair of silver sugar tongs

William James Veith, Halifax, Nova Scotia, c.1850

Fiddle pattern

fully marked to both arms, one set of marks appears to overstrike the punches of another Canadian maker and may account for why the tongs were double struck with identical marks

Size: 16.5cm long

Weight: 1oz 10dwt

Stock Number: A575

Price: £280


A Scottish Provinical George IV pair of silver toddy ladles

Robert Naughton, Inverness, c.1820-30

Fiddle Pattern, initialled 'JML' in script

each Bearing the 'RN' Conucopia and Thistle marks

Size: 16.5cm long

Weight: 2oz 5dwt

Stock Number: A571

Price: £325


A Charles I/Commonwealth silver pomander

unmarked, English, c.1640-60

circular with stamped beaded borders, the cover simply decorated with a Rose

This box bridges the gap between the true late Elizabethan and Stuart sectional pomanders and the later Georgian box form vinaigrettes with pierced grilles.

Undoubtedly it would have been one of a number of inexpensive gew gaws offered by Goldsmiths at one of the many fairs held up and down the country during the seventeenth century, though given its ephemeral nature and minute size, that it survives at all is miraculous.

Size: 14mm wide

Weight: 1 gram

Stock Number: A570

Price: £325


An Early American silver soup ladle

Daniel Van Voorhis, New York, c.1785-90

Old English pattern with a pronounced rib to the reverse of the stem, finely bright cut engraved with a cartouche and pendant drop, initialled 'H.A.M' for the Morris family of New York

Maker's mark struck twice

In excellent condition and of a very fine colour

Note: A matching set of ten tablespoons by the same maker for the Morris family were sold at Christie's New York sale of Important American Silver (23/01/09, Lot 100).

Size: 32cm long

Weight: 4oz 4dwt

Stock Number: A569

Price: £875


West Country: A George II silver cream jug

Pentecost Symons of Plymouth, Exeter, 1748

of circular bellied form with an everted rim and leaf capped scroll handle, crested

Cream Jugs of this distinctive form were a West Country speciality, only being briefly produced in the second quarter of the eigtheenth century.

Only a handful of examples are known, a great rarity in English Provincial silver.

Size: 9cm long

Weight: 2oz 5dwt

Stock Number: A566

Price: £2,450


A James II Provincial silver tumbler cup

Marmaduke Best, York, 1688

plain circular engraved with a naive scrollwork cartouche enclosing the initials 'P over W*G'

Provenance: formerly from the collections of the famous author Agatha Christie

No more could be asked, in terms of provenance, condition and the superb original blue grey colour, of this rare untouched piece of seventeenth century provincial silver. An exceptional example.


Size: 7.5cm diameter

Weight: 2oz 6dwt

Stock Number: A565

Price: £13,950


A rare William III silvergilt marrow spoon

maker's mark DV struck once, attributed to John Dubrow of Cambridge, c.1696-1700

of typical form with supeb foliate engraved decoration throughout

An exceptional example of the late seventeenth century spoonmakers art that is in near pristine condition and retains almost all of the original gilding.

Size: 19cm long

Weight: 1oz 13dwt

Stock Number: A564

Price: £3,950


A very fine George II silver coffee pot

William Shaw I, London, 1730

of tapering cylindrical form with a shallow domed cover with cast acorn finial, finely engraved with a crest within a superb figurative and foliate mask border with a brick work field, possibly engraved by Ellis Gamble or William Hogarth

Early in 1730 the London Goldsmiths Company tried to discourage the transposition of hallmarks from smaller to larger articles by spacing the hallmarks at intervals around the whole body of a vessel.

It proved both unpopular with makers and assayers applying the marks and was quickly discontinued after just over a week. Currently only three examples of this rare 'spacing' of the marks have been noted including this very fine coffee pot


Size: 21cm high

Weight: 23oz 3dwt all in

Stock Number: A563

Price: £4,250


A fine Queen Anne silver tobacco box

Benjamin Pyne, London, 1710-11

oval with moulded borders and a pull off cover superbly engraved with the ship Christopher and presentation inscribed to the interior

Richard DuCane was an important Huguenot at the begining of the 18th century, he was a Director of the Bank of England and a portrait of him admist his large family can still be seen in the NPG.

Christopher Burrow was a Captain for the British East India Company.


Size: 10cm long

Weight: 3oz 10dwt

Stock Number: A562

Price: £6,950


A Victorian silver castle top card case

Frederick Marston, Birmingham. 1848

chased with a Theatrical scene possibly Hamlet within the Graveyard holding Yoricks skull.

Only one other example of this scene is known making this amongst the rarest of Castle Top card cases

Size: 10cm long

Weight: 2oz 6dwt

Stock Number: A561

Price: £2,950


A Victorian silver castle top card case

Edward Smith, Birmingham, 1848

chased with a rare scene of the famous nineteenth century singer Jenny Lind in her stage role from "The Somnabulists Song"

Amongst the rarest of all the Castle Top group are a small number of boxes and card cases with scenes taken from popular Theatre Bills and Advertising. This rare example is illustrated in 'Nineteenth Century Silver' by John Culme.

Size: 10.5cm long

Weight: 2oz 8dwt

Stock Number: A560

Price: £2,650


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


Channel Islands: A George III silver beaker

Thomas Bouton, Jersey, c.1770

of plain bell shaped form with a simple collet foot, initialled to the base

This heavy gauge beaker is currently the only known example of a piece of holloware made by Thomas Bouton.

Size: 9cm high

Weight: 3oz 14dwt

Stock Number: A558

Price: £1,500


A Victorian silver mounted claret/spirit jug

E.H.Stockwell, London, 1881

the silver mounts, handle and cover modelled as a Lotus flower and leaves, crested

The design of this jug is considered (both now and at the time it was made) as one of the purest expressions of the Aesthetic Movement taste made in silver. This example, having been with the same family since it was made, has survived in pristine condition.

Size: 20cm high

Stock Number: A557

Price: £3,500


A very fine George II silver salver

Paul Crespin, London, 1744

shaped circular with a tied reeded rim interspersed with rocaille shells and engraved with a central period armorial within a foliate rococo cartouche, all raised on three incurved tapering bracket feet.

Scratch Weight: 'No.1 36="2'""

Paul Crespin was one of the most important Huguenot Goldsmiths working in London in the middle of the eighteenth century. His work can be found in all the major American and European Museums.

He worked to latest French taste for an elite clientele, this salver being in the most fashionable, yet restrained, Parisian taste of the period. A very rare opportunity to own a piece from the workshop of one of the great makers.

Size: 33cm diameter

Weight: 34oz 17dwt

Stock Number: A556

Price: £7,700


A George II silver wine label

David Willaume II, London, c.1739-40

of unusual cartouche form, chased with vines and pierced with the title 'BURGUNDY'

This unique label is the only example known by the prominent Huguenot Goldsmith David Willaume II.

Size: 6cm long

Weight: 7dwt

Stock Number: A554

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


Australian: A Victorian silver hip flask

August Ludwig Brunkhorst, Adelaide, c.1885

the silver body with a screw top bayonet cork loaded domed cover, with a gilded pull-off cup base. Monogrammed 'SM'

Size: 15cm high

Weight: 8oz 7dwt

Stock Number: A552

Price: £1,250


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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A very fine Dutch silver teapot

Henrik De Wint, Hague, 1746 also bearing later Tax marks

of baluster form chased and engraved with delicate sprays of Rocaille foilage throughout, with an ebony scroll handle and button finial

Size: 10,5cm high

Weight: 10oz 6dwt all in

Stock Number: A547

Price: £4,950


An Early German silver dish

Johann Schuch, Augsburg, c.1680

oval chased with a central scene of a Chapel within a landscape bordered by fruiting cornucopia and acanthus scrollwork

In excellent original condition, assay scrape to the reverse

Size: 28.5cm long

Weight: 6oz 7dwt

Stock Number: A546

Price: £2,950


An Arts and Crafts silver and lapis lazuli caddy spoon

Liberty & Co., Birmingham, 1902

the planished fig shaped bowl with a square flared stem applied with wirework borders and ropetwist details beneath a polished lapis finial bordered with chased leaves.


Size: 10.5cm long

Weight: 17dwt all in

Stock Number: A544

Price: £1,350


A Scottish Provincial George IV pair of silver tableforks

Alexander Cameron of Dundee, Newcastle 1828

Fiddle pattern, initialled 'B'

Size: 20.5cm long

Weight: 2oz 11dwt: 2oz 13dwt

Stock Number: A530

Price: £170 the pair


An American Colonial silver tablespoon

William Cowell Sr., Boston, c.1720-30

Hanoverian pattern, initialled 'H/NM'

This spoon bears an UNRECORDED version of Cowells mark which appears to be a shortened version of his full name punch (MARK C in Kane p.349).

Size: 20cm long

Weight: 1oz 7dwt

Stock Number: A524

Price: £720


A Scottish Provincial Victorian pair of sugar tongs

John Duncan and James Begg, Aberdeen, c.1837-44

Fiddle pattern with shell fluted bowls, initialled 'DMK'

Rarely these tongs bear the marks of two different Aberdeen silversmiths


Size: 15cm long

Weight: 1oz 10dwt

Stock Number: A521

Price: £240


A Documentary Scottish Provincial silver tablespoon

Colin Richardson, St Andrews, c.1820-40

Fiddle pattern , initialled 'GB'

This spoon bears the makers mark of Colin Richardson very deliberately overstriking itself three times to form separate cross punches. Alongside the additional maker's mark 'D McG' probably for an unrecorded member of the McGregor family who were also known to have marked silver in St Andrews.




Size: 22cm long

Weight: 1oz 17dwt

Stock Number: A520

Price: £640


A rare Scottish Provincial George III silver Quaich

Donald Fraser (early mark), Inverness, c.1804-10

of circular form with twin lug handles, initialled for subsequent members of the same family 'R MD' and 'A M McD'

Excellent heavy gauge

Size: 10cm long

Weight: 2oz 17dwt

Stock Number: A515

Price: £2,250


A superb George III silver saucboat

Daniel Smith and Robert Sharp, London, 1760

of heavy low bellied form with a gadrooned rim, three cast shell and scroll feet and a cast leaf capped scroll handle, crested with an armorial (probably indicating a marriage) within a Chinoserie cartouche

Excellent gauge

Size: 18.5cm long

Weight: 10oz 18dwt

Stock Number: A507

Price: £950


A Scottish George III pair of 'Jacobite' silver shoe buckles

William Napier, Glasgow, c.1760

of chased oval form with steel chapes

Note: these rare buckles have, hidden in the detail of the chasing, a small face eluding to the Jacobite cause.

Size: 6.5cm long

Weight: 2oz 10dwt all in

Stock Number: A506

Price: £575


A fine George III silver salver

John Scofield, London, 1779

shaped circular with a beaded rim and three cast claw and ball feet, finely crested with a Lion's head issuing from a Mural Coronet

Size: 25cm diameter

Weight: 18oz 11dwt

Stock Number: A505

Price: £900


A rare William III silver marrow teaspoon

Charles Williams, London, c.1700

the reeded rattail bowl with a marrow stem, makers mark struck once.

Note: though recorded as a largeworker in Grimwade Williams was apprenticed first to Edward Hulse and then John Ladyman, both specialist spoonmakers.

His work is seldom seen, possibly due to very short working dates, being free in 1697 and recorded as working upto 1704 by Heal.

This rare marrow spoon shows that Williams must have carried on business, at least in part, as a spoonmaker.

Size: 12cm long

Weight: 6dwt

Stock Number: A495

Price: £1,650


An Irish Provincial George III silver waiter

Daniel Lysaght, Limerick, c.1780-4

shaped circular with a shell and scroll border, all raised on three pad feet, crested and initialled

The crest is that of O'Beirne of Connaught

Note: this waiter has the identical cast border as waiters known by Samuel and Joseph Johns of Limerick.

Several Limerick Goldsmiths were known in the later part of the eighteenth centruy to have adopted a Harp punch outline, as is the case with this mark. When Lysaght was required to register a mark at the Dublin office this clearly would have been an inappropriate design so a plain rectangular punch was used after this date, c.1784.

Size: 16.5cm diameter

Weight: 8oz

Stock Number: A493

Price: £5,750


A very rare Irish Provincial George III pair of silver sugar tongs

John Purcell, Limerick, c.1790-1800

the flared shouldered bow with tapering bright cut engraved arms and an original vacant cartouche


Size: 16cm long

Weight: 1oz 10dwt

Stock Number: A488

Price: £2,750


Indian Colonial: A William IV set of four silver pepperettes

Hamilton & Co., Calcutta, c.1830-5

each of campana form with heavily chased vine leaf borders and pierced domed covers with cast fruitlet finials

Note: of a very heavy gauge and rare to find a complete set of four

Size: 10.5cm high

Weight: 13oz 11dwt

Stock Number: A456

Price: £1,250


'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.

Overseas clients are requested to email us for a postage quote


Size: A4

Weight: -

Stock Number: A127

Price: sold