Sterling Silver Youth/Traveling Set
This is a great English sterling silver youth or traveling set in it original fitted black leather and silk/satin lined box that is red/burgundy satin. The set is original to itself as both pieces are identically monogrammed. I am not sure if this a youth set or possibly an adult traveling set for using while traveling on the train or stagecoach as a fine lady or gentleman would travel with their own.
The two piece flatware set is all silver and appears almost to be hand cut and decorated. Both pieces are monogrammed with what appears to be a beautifully hand engraved "MT" monogram and the decoration on the end of the handle is pierced. The fork is approximately 6 1/8" long and the spoon is about 6 1/4".
Both flatware pieces are stamped with the full English hallmarks for 1883 London, England, a leopard's head, a lion, the letter "H" in a shield and the portrait of Queen Victoria along with the letters "GMJ'. The GMJ is the hallmark of the maker, George Maudsley Jackson, a silversmith noted for fine quality wares in late 19th century London.
The accompanying fitted box appears to be made of leather covered wood on the outside and padded interior of silk/satin and velvet. The lining to the lid is stamped in gold with the retailer's name, Hamilton & Inches of 88 Princes Street, Edinburgh in Scotland.
All pieces are in as found condition, no repairs or buffing has touched this set and as always, a little extra hand polishing would only make them better.
English (London) Sterling Youth/Traveling Set in Original Box Ca 1883