Adie Brothers, Ltd., Birmingham, England was incorporated in 1906 joining the firms of McKewan & Adie (manufacturing jewellers, gold and silversmiths) and E.S. Barnsley & Co (box and packing case makers). The firm was controlled by Percy Adie until WWII and afterwards by Tony Adie and Frank Taylor. In the 1960s the firm became part of British Silverware and closed in 1968.
This fabulous, contemporary sterling silver gravy/sauce boat in the George I style is a reproduction of a Georgian design. Wonderful gently scalloped rim, flying scroll handle and three hoof feet with reeded shoulders and hoof. Larger and heavier than most sauce boats, it measures 4 3/4" in height, 8" in length from handle-to-spout and 4" in width. Stamped 'Bros A Ltd' for Adie Brothers; 'Anchor' mark designating Birmingham; 'Lion' mark designating English sterling silver and 'Z' date mark, which is either 1924 or 1949, I believe it's for 1949. There are two identical sauce boats available for sale; one weighs 12.090 ounces and the other 12.430 ounces. for your information they were appraised in 1987 by William J Wartmann, Senior Member, American Society of Appraisers for over $1000 each. You may purchase one or both.
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