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T&W Chawner, London, "Onslow" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter

T&W Chawner, London, "Onslow" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
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Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing 1.7 T. oz., this sterling silver sugar sifter is a fine example of quality 18th century English silversmithing.

The marks are rubbed, but clear enough to identify the maker's stamp, TC on the horizontal intersecting with WC on the vertical, belonging to Thomas and William Chawner, as attributed by Grimwade in the "unregistered marks" section. The leopard and lion are blurred but legible, while the date letter is difficult to identify precisely, but the Gothic style is consistent with cycle XV, covering the 1750s to 1770s.

The pattern is "Onslow," which is a tapered and lined design with a curled end. The round, 2" diameter, 3/4" deep, bowl is shell form and has a scalloped rim with decorative piercings on the interior. There is no monogram or inscription.

The condition is superb. There are no dents in the bowl or breaks in the reticulation. The finish is lustrous.

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