Circa 1800's Miniature Dutch Silver .930 Repousse Jardiniere Fully Hallmarked
This is a pretty little Victorian trifle to adorn your boudoir. This decorative sterling silver jardiniere was made in Holland in the 1800's and was exported to Great Britain in 1891. The relief repousse scene of little putto cooking up a meal is very charming - are they stirring a love potion may be??They are surrounded by scrolling foliage and a Dutch building can be seen in the background. With its castellated top and cloven hoof feet, this silver pot is a cutey.
Measuring 2.5" tall by 2.25" at its widest. Weighing 68 g or approx 2.18 troy ounces
To the base we see a plethora of silver hallmarks. We shall start with the easy English import initials SBL for Samuel Boyce Landek, the standard Lion Rampant with a letter F indicating imported foreign silver, a Leopards head denoting the London Assay office and date letter Q within a shield for the year 1891. The Dutch marks are notoriously a little more complicated - We see a Lion Rampant holding a key with a small number 1, this denotes the fineness of silver as .934 or 93.4% pure silver, also the numbers 930. We see a letter C which is the office mark for The Hague. Then we have have three other silver guild marks which are tricky to decipher due to wear. Two of these marks appear as shields beneath a crown and the other as an impressed boat??
Condition is very good with only a teeny little 1/16" split to the very inner tip of one top corner. The repousse decoration is crisp as luckily this little beauty has not been over polished in the past.
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