This lovely sterling silver glove stretcher is large and measures 9" in length and weighs 90 grams (approximately 3.17 ounces). The two halves are pinned together and a piece of spring steel screwed to one allows the pieces to return to the original closed position.
The ornate repousse handles depict flowering plant designs and animals and were no doubt inspired by the Indian designs that were popular during the British rule in India. A tiger and elephant are shown on one handle, a horned deer-like figure and a donkey ? on the other.
Both pieces are fully hallmarked and after boning up on British hallmarking systems, we interpret the piece to have been made in London (un-crowned panther head) in 1895 (capital U in shield-shaped cartouche). The lion passant (head facing forward) indicates that the material is 925 silver and the maker's mark "NM" could be Norman Marshall. There are idiosyncrasies and aberrations in the marking system* and these marks are worn but we can, at least, safely say that they are in fact sterling silver and date to the late 1800's. There is also a lion passant mark on the inside of both blades.
In beautiful condition with no damage.
*According to the reference material the 'lion passant with head facing forward' ceased usage in 1883.
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