An outstanding example of British, Victorian silver craftsmanship. This magnificent quality sterling silver centerpiece will make an unmistakable statement on anyone’s table or sideboard. It features a classical festoon motif. The scalloped edge of the bowl is embossed with a rope pattern. Of course, the main attraction of this stunning piece are the two stately lion heads, each holding a 1-3/4” ring. The level of detail on the lion heads is outstanding, some of the best we've seen. The interior of the bowl is gold washed.
The piece is fully hallmarked on the bottom, with the British lion for sterling silver, the leopard head designating the London assay office, a capital letter “I” inside a shield for the year 1884, the duty mark for queen Victoria, and in the center the hallmark of Sibray, Hall & Co. the letters “FS” over the letters “JH” inside a shield. In addition, the rings are hallmarked with the British Lion signifying sterling silver.
The bowl is a full 10” in diameter (11” across at the lion’s heads), and 5-1/4” tall. The base measures 7-1/2” in diameter. It weighs approximately 1,066 grams (34.2 troy ounces). This bowl is in excellent vintage condition, with no signs of alterations or repairs. Wear is consistent with age and use, there are some scratches within the bowl and some slight loss to the gold wash, as one would expect after 134-years (please see photos).
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