Dating birks silver
Owner's initials are often engraved on the back near the maker's marks.In hollowware, many small tumbler cups bear the marks of Québec silversmiths.They also created small articles such as pepper and spice casters, nutmeg graters, wine strainers, mustard pots, snuffboxes, vinaigrettes, buckles and buttons.In flatware, tablespoons and forks, as well as soup, sauce and toddy ladles, appear in the "Old English" and "Fiddle" styles, with handle tips turning down. The box is beautifully decorated with a scene depicting a romantic tale of a shepherd courting a lady with his sheep in the background. (Minimal patination, and surface scratches.)English Hallmarked Sterling Tea Service – London, dated 1846. A stunning four piece tea set, English Hallmarked Sterling, London, dates 1846/1847, by William Hunter, during the Victorian Period. It is beautifully designed, featuring smooth forms and rounded edges, it is decorated with delicate flourishes of floral, shell, scroll, leaf and bead patterns. The interior is gilt and the outer sides are decorated with roses and vines. Marked with Austrian “LW 935” mark and Sterling and numbered 133Measures 3 1/4 inches long x 2 1/4 inches wide. Marked with English sterling hallmarks, made in England and Makers marks. Tray Measures: 1 1/2 wide x 5 3/8 inch tall Maker: Levi & Salaman. Silver-plated Shell Shaped Biscuit Warmer – circa.1900. German .800 Silver Oval Hinged Repoussé Decorated Box, circa 1880. 800 silver oval hinged repoussé decorated box, it dates circa 1880, Germany. A lovely silver-plated biscuit barrel, its dates Victorian Period. (Minimal surface scratches from gentle use.)A beautiful quality enamel, silver and guilloché enamel card case with a coat of arms or crest in the centre with decorative enamel inlay on the top of the case with a full deep blue guilloché enamel bottom. The coat of arms has a date of 1797 – which may be a centenary – as the box is late 19th century and could possibly date as late as 1897. The chasing and decoration is all around – top, sides and bottom of the box. Measures: 3 3/8 inches long x 2 1/4 inches deep x 3/4 inches high Marked with French Silver mark dating between 1840-1879. Card case is dated 1927 by Adie Bros Ltd, Birmingham. Each piece is small in stature, with fine details and qualities that are quite impressive and exceptional. Cup Measures: 3/4 inch wide x 1 inch tall Sugar Bowl Measures: 1 inch x 3 1/4 tall Creamer Measures: 1/2 inch wide x 1/2 tall. Culme also provides some details of Stockwell’s firm, Stockwell & Co Ltd, who were listed in Birmingham in 1912 as ’agents to Messageries Nationales Express and Messageries Anglo-Suisse, continental, foreign and general shipping agents, special tariff for small consignments abroad”.Another popular French form is the 2-handled dish or écuelle, for stews or soups.
From the 1780s to 1840s, Canadian silversmiths, inspired by the new techniques, produced teapots, sugar bowls, creamers, beakers and mugs in fashionable neoclassical styles from Britain and the Continent.As little domestic silver has survived, it is difficult to determine how much was made in the colony.Silver, obtained by melting coins or existing silver articles, was always in short supply.These colonial domestic works, although unoriginal in form, reflect a restrained style, competently executed.Decoration consists of simple raised or engraved bands, small details such as a shell or leaf motif and, sometimes, a coat of arms or the owner's name as an integral part of the piece.