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Heavy English Sterling Fish Slice with Highly Unusual Armorial, c.1839

Heavy English Sterling Fish Slice with Highly Unusual Armorial, c.1839
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Offered is a lovely and heavy early Victorian English sterling silver fish server by the well-known partnership of London silversmiths William Theobalds and Robert Metcalfe Atkinson, working together circa 1838-40. Though short-lived, this partnership produced a fair amount of high-quality flatware and servers.

This fish slice has a nicely executed pierced pattern, and extremely clear and well preserved hallmarks and maker's mark. It also has one of the most unusual family crests or armorials I've come across - a ship (galleon?) under part sail, capsized against the rocks or wall of a castle bearing a flag. I've not yet identified the name(s) associated with this armorial, but it was likely used by only one family.

This fish slice measures about 12 1/2 inches in length and weighs a very heavy 191 grams or so. This is in part due to the excellent manufacture, and in part due to the typically higher weight of threaded pattern pieces - in this case military thread. Condition is very good overall, with a scratch near the hallmarks and a few signs of use on the blade, but no major dents or dings and no splits or repairs. All in all a fine server for everyday use or display!

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