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Michael Baggot Antiques 08 February 2023

"The Prancing Unicorn": An Important Scottish George I silver tablespoon

William Scott (I or II), Perth, c.1720

Hanoverian pattern, initialled "HB" in script.

Note: in Richard Turner's book (an Illustrated Directory of Scottish Provinical Silversmiths & their marks, 2014, p 86) the marks WS, Thistle and an "S" are noted alongside the very rare Lamb & Flag mark for William Scott of Perth. This spoon bears the figure of a full Unicorn, the Scottish Heraldic Beast, in place of the Lamb & Flag. Other than a worn impression upon a spoon in the National Museum of Scotland it appears this intricate and complicated figure of a "Prancing Unicorn" is unrecorded. The effort required to make such a mark must show it was a deliberate and thought out substitution though we do not yet know why. Possibly it signified Scott working briefly in another, as yet unknown, location. What is certain is that since it's recent discovery it counts amongst the rarest of all Scottish Provincial marks.

Size: 22cm long

Weight: 2oz 15dwt

Stock Number: A884

Price: £2,750


Irish: A very fine George III pair of silver goblets

Thomas Townsend, Dublin, c.1797-1800

the ovoid bowls raised on gadrooned spreading circular feet,entirely and profusely bright-cut engraved, interiors gilt.

Superb condtion

Note: only one other Irish maker (TT), Thomas Tailford of Edederry, Kings Co. is recorded as sending items for assay in Dublin in this same period (Jackson p.704). Given they are maker's mark only it may well be that these goblets are the first example of his work to come to light but without any other impression of his mark for comparison they must be described as the work of Townsend.

Size: 14cm high

Weight: 14oz 5dwt

Stock Number: A880

Price: £2,950


A Louis XV silver cachou box

maker's mark MM, Paris, 14th July 1773-16th July 1774

of oval upright form with re-entrant moulded borders and a domed cover. Heavy gauge, superb marks

Size: 4.5cm high

Weight: 13dwt

Stock Number: A878

Price: £220


A George III silver scent bottle case

Joseph Taylor, Birmingham, c.1790-1800

of tapering oval form with a pull off cover, bright-cut foliate decoration throughout

Size: 4cm long

Weight: 4dwt

Stock Number: A877

Price: £75


An extremely rare George III pair of silver child's shoe buckles

Susanna Barker, London, c.1778-84

the rectangular silver frames with Neoclassical reeded and foliate engraved borders interspersed at the corners with oval paterae, fitted with steel chapes.

Note: these are a rare miniature form of large Gentleman's shoe buckles of the period, no doubt made for a small boy due to the much smaller size and very narrow arch (which would in no way fit the smallest of adult feet). Excellent condition

Size: 5.5cm long

Weight: 2oz 1dwt all in

Stock Number: A876

Price: £570


Arts and Crafts: A fine Elizabeth II silver three piece tea set

Frederick Newland Smith, London, 1956

hand raised with geometric engraved borders and handles, bayonet fitted cover and inscription to the base.

Note: Frederick Newland Smith was a member of the Welwyn Craftworkers Guild, previously being Head of Gold & Silversmithing at Manchester School of Art for 30 years. This set was commissioned by fellow Guild member Winifred E. Harrison.

Size: teapot 21cm long

Weight: 24oz 11dwt

Stock Number: A873

Price: £975


West Country silver: A rare Victorian sauce ladle

Robert, James & Josiah Williams of Bristol, Exeter, 1848

Onslow pattern with a fluted bowl, crested to the front of the stem.

Note: the ladle bears three duty marks, each scarfed section bearing a separate punch. extremely rare.

Provenance: Ex Collection of A.B.L.Dove

Size: 17cm long

Weight: 1oz 13dwt

Stock Number: A870

Price: £475


A George III silver and baleen punch ladle

John Mitchison, Newcastle, c.1786-92

the beaded oval bowl initialled "A+B" with a twisted baleen handle.

Note: the ladle is marked with a smaller rarer standard mark intended for the Assay of Gold at Newcastle.</p>

Size: 35cm long

Stock Number: A869

Price: £225


An exceptionally fine George III pair of silver pictureback teaspoons

Roger Hare, London, c.1765

Hanoverian pattern with crowned double headed eagles to the bowls and superb delicate floral engraving to the stems, initialled "JM"

Size: 11.5cm long

Weight: 14dwt

Stock Number: A865

Price: £520


A rare George IV Colonial silver tablespoon

George Samuel Rankin, St George, Bermuda, c.1820-30

Fiddle pattern, initialled "EF"

Superb condition

Size: 22cm long

Weight: 1oz 19dwt

Stock Number: A861

Price: £475


A rare George II pair of silver sifter spoons

Ebenezer Coker, London, 1759

Fiddle pattern, each with matching finely pierced bowls, crested with a Cockerell.

Note: the earliest recorded English Fiddle pattern spoon is 1739, made in the French taste with an upturned stem, by Issac Callard as a replacement for an imported set. Callard's spoon predated the common appearance of the pattern by some sixty years in England and any eighteenth century example is rare. These spoons are made within only twenty years of that first example and are made even more unusual in that they are sifter spoons, which in England (of this form) did not appear much before this date. Excellent condition.

Size: 18.5cm long

Weight: 3oz 6dwt

Stock Number: A860

Price: £675


An exceptionally rare George III silver teaspoon

William Playfair and William Wilson, London, 1783

Old English shape with die struck neoclassical decoration and a raised oval cartouche, initialled "WDW" in script.

Note: William Playfair was a remarkable eighteenth century figure. Born in 1759 son of a Scottish clergyman, he was first apprentice to Andrew Meikle, inventor of the agricultural threshing machine. He then became personal assistant to James Watt at the Boulton & Watt engine works in Birmingham in 1777. Five years later he moved to London to set up as a silversmith and patent the first mechanical production of flatware through a rolling method (spoons, sugar tongs etc) three years before William Darby in Sheffield. Bankrupt after only a year any example of his work is exceedingly rare. His colourful life continued in France and then back in England where he counterfeited over 100 million "Assignats" (the French Revolutionary currency) to flood France and destabilise their economy, which was a great success though he never really received proper credit for his efforts. He is best remembered today as the inventor of the Pie Chart.

Size: 13cm long

Weight: 10dwt

Stock Number: A859

Price: £475


A Charles I Provincial silver Seal Top spoon

Christopher Watson, Hull, c.1630-40

the fig shaped bowl with a tapering stem and a baluster Seal Top finial retaining traces of gilding. Initialled "M over RA" to the reverse of the bowl. Maker's mark struck once to the bowl and again to the reverse of the stem alongside the early "H" town mark for Hull

Size: 16.5cm long

Weight: 1oz 5dwt

Stock Number: A849

Price: £6,700


Huguenot Interest: A very fine George II silver salver

Paul Crespin, London, 1744

shaped circular with a tied reeded rim interspersed with rocaille shells, engraved with a fine 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 18th century. Examples of his work can be found in all the major museums. Ranging from the domestic to the exceptional, Crespin worked to the latest French manner for an elite and discerning clientele, the salver being executed to the most fashionable, yet restrained, elegant Parisian taste of the period.

Size: 33cm diameter

Weight: 34oz 17dwt

Stock Number: A847

Price: £5,750


A Victorian silvergilt pair of lemon wedge tongs and tray

Francis Boone Thomas & Co., London 1890/2

the rectangular tray with re-entrant corners together with a pair of small tongs with shaped flatend bowls, flat chased with foliate decoration throughout. Pristine Condition

Note: these have in the past been misdescribed as candle doubters but are in fact for serving lemon wedges with tea, though rare all original sets will retaining a gilt finish to protect against the action of any lemon residue. 

Size: the tray 8.5cm long

Weight: 2oz 5dwt

Stock Number: A845

Price: £375


A fine George II Provincial silver punch ladle

James Kirkup, Newcastle, 1733

the plain circular bowl with an everted rim and thick flared socket accommodating the original baluster turned fruitwood/lignum vitae handle.

Size: 34cm long

Stock Number: A843

Price: £780


A very fine George II silver cream jug

John Harvey I, London, 1744

of baluster form with three cast scroll feet and a leaf capped scroll handle, interior gilt. Engraved with a Cypher (EKT) within a foliate rocaille c-scroll cartouche and also crested, scratch weight "2=18" to the base.

As nice an example of the form as you could wish to find. 

Size: 9cm long

Weight: 2oz 16dwt

Stock Number: A841

Price: £475


A very fine William and Mary silver patch box

maker's mark M crowned, c.1690

circular with matching deep moulded rope twist borders to the cover and base, intricately engraved with an elaborate vase of differing flowers and scrolling leaves, all centred with a Tulip. Gilt interior and a maker's mark to the base.

Size: 4.5cm diameter

Weight: 1oz 7dwt

Stock Number: A839

Price: £1,850


East Anglian interest: A fine Charles I silver seal top spoon

a rose struck four times, attributed to Norwich, c.1640 (possibly Arthur Hazelwood)

the fig shaped bowl with tapering stem and heavy cast double baluster finial with vacant seal top, traces of original gilding. Mark of a slipped rose struck once clearly to the bowl and three times to the base of the stem. Excellent heavy gauge and a good thick bowl.

Note: for a similar double baluster seal top spoon marked only with a rose and ascribed to Norwich see Bonhams, Bury St Edmunds, 22 September 2004, Lot 66. Also a similar baluster finial on a Norwich marked seal top spoon, Lawrences Crewkerne, 3 July 2018, Lot 155.

Size: 17.5cm long

Weight: 1oz 13dwt

Stock Number: A835

Price: £2,950


A very fine George II silver and mother of pearl snuff box

William Lestourgeon, London, c.1730

of oval form with a mother of pearl cover engraved with the figure Pulcinella from the Commedia dell'arte. Details of the costume follow the engraved designs of the character by the French Artist Nicolas Bonnart, first published in Paris c.1680.

Superb original condition and of a rare small size. 

Size: 5.5cm long

Stock Number: A831

Price: £1,250


An early Swiss silver Apostle spoon

possibly Hans Conrad Waser, Zurich, c.1660

the foliate engraved fig shaped bowl with a curved stem and cast Apostle finial of St John, initialled to the bowl "IAI"

Size: 16cm long

Weight: 19dwt

Stock Number: A829

Price: £695


A very fine George III Sheffield Plate tankard


of tapering cylindrical form with beaded borders and an applied Neoclassical medallion depicting a classical Muse, probably Erato. The domed cover with a chased acanthus thumbpiece and gilt interior, the body crested for the Leslie family

Size: 21cm high

Stock Number: A825

Price: £775


Chess Interest: An Important Scottish Victorian silver claret jug

J.Reid, Glasgow, 1881

The "WEST OF SCOTLAND CHESS CHALLENGE CUP 1882" This is the Third Challenge cup (whose whereabouts was previously unknown). Presented by Andrew Bonar Law to the Glasgow Chess Club in 1882, This was also to serve as a model for the later National Trophy. 

A claret jug of ovoid form raised on a pedestal foot, with chased arabesque borders and a gilt hinged cover and acanthus capped scroll handle, chased with a central paneled border depicting all the Chess pieces in order of value from Pawn to King. Engraved with the names and dates of successive winners (Crum, Spens, Fyfe, Gilchrist, etc) from 1882 to 1891 when it was won outright by G.E.Barrier.

Size: 26cm hihg

Weight: 15oz6dwt

Stock Number: A824

Price: £4,950


West Country: An exceptionally fine and rare Queen Anne silver punch strainer

Henry Tolcher of Plymouth, Exeter, c.1710-5

the pierced circular bowl with twin openwork lug handles decorated with scrolls and hearts, the leopards head erased struck to one handle, maker's mark struck four times to the bowl. Superb colour

Size: 16.5cm long

Weight: 2oz 9dwt

Stock Number: A820

Price: £3,750


A Superb Victorian pair of Aestheic Movement silver napkin rings

George Unite, Birmingham, 1882

each circular with an acid frosted ground and very fine engraved Japanese style decoration depicting various exotic Birds and Fauna amidst asymmetric panels, in fitted silk and velvet lined leather case. Pristine condition.

Size: 5cm diameter

Weight: 1oz 10dwt

Stock Number: A818

Price: £595


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 rim of flowers. A filigree mirror case decorated with birds and scrolls (almost certainly from the same workshop) is in the collections of the British Museum, Collection No. OA.4562. 

Provenance: Newbold Pacey Hall, Warwickshire.

Size: 5.5cm diameter

Weight: 1oz 13dwt all in

Stock Number: A809

Price: £2,950


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


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


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 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


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


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 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


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


Internationl Exhibition 1862: Magnificent pair of Victorian Royal Commemorative silver fish servers

Martin, Hall & Co., Sheffield, 1861-2

the tines and blades superbly engraved as a Royal Commemorative for the death of Prince Albert, with a profile roundel of the Prince surmounted by all the Empire's flags supported and adorned with Angels above the Royal Coat of Arms.

Never intended for use, simply as a silversmiths "Tour-de-force" at the London 1862 International Exhibition, these are one of the most magnificent pairs of silver servers ever made.

Size: 36cm long

Weight: 15oz 9dwt all in

Stock Number: A737

Price: £4,950


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 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 rare George II Provincial set of eight silver teaspoons

five James Kirkup, Newcastle, c.1750, three William Partis, Newcastle, c.1753-9

Hanoverian pattern with delicate chased foliate and shell decoration, crested for Sir John Swinburne 4th Baronet Capheaton Hall.

Not only is this a very rare pattern, the set shows that after Kirkup's death in 1753 some of his more illustrious clients sought out his former servant (Partis) to undertake their commissions. In this case either to extend or replace lost examples Partis made more spoons to match Kirkup's originals.

Size: 12cm long

Weight: 4oz 2dwt

Stock Number: A678

Price: £1,250


Historic Naval Interest: The Admirdal Viscount Duncan spoons

Thomas Tookey, London, 1781

a set of 12 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: 21oz 10dwt

Stock Number: A677

Price: £1,200


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.

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Size: A4

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Stock Number: A127

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