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Silver and Jewellery

by Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers


458 lots | 448 with images

December 4, 2012

Cambridge Road

Stansted Mountfitchet, CM24 8GE United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1279 817778

Fax: +44 (0)1279 817779

Email: auctions@sworder.co.uk

A German parcel gilt tankard, probably by Antoni

Lot 1: A German parcel gilt tankard, probably by Antoni

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Description: A German parcel gilt tankard, probably by Antoni Mietelski, Breslau c.1749, of cylindrical form on spreading circular foot with an incurved angular scroll handle, the detachable cover with a bud finial supported by three scroll brackets, the sides and cover inset with 17th and 18th century coins and medallions chased between with foliage against a matted background, engraved with two inscriptions on the body, one at top 'Seinen Gott und Eltern ehren, thut der Kinder Wohlfahrt mehren', and the other at the base 'A P Humphry Winner of the Cambridge Cup 1878', the underside of the base engraved 'D.B. 1749', gilt interior, 25cm high, 34oz There are two accompanying letters addressed to Mr Humphry. The first dated Jan 29th 1879 is from Lamberts of London, who evidently sold the tankard to this gentleman and mention that they will engrave it for him whenever he wishes. The second letter mentions that the tankard was in an exhibition at the Ironmongers' Hall in 1861, apparently known as the Wrexham Exhibition. The catalogue was compiled by the London & Middlesex Archaeological Society. It states that the German inscription on the tankard translates as 'It is becoming in children to honour God and their parents'. Alfred Paget Humphry was the only son of Professor George Murray Humphry of The Leys, Cambridge and was born there in 1850. He was admitted pensioner at Trinity, 27 February 1869. He was a famous rifle shot, excelling in long distance shooting, and is reputed to have tested his marksmanship from the tower of the Pitt Press, aiming at the targets on the University range. In 1877, 1880, 1882 and 1883, he was a member of the British team which shot against America for the Championship of the World. He was winner of the Canada Shield for shooting in 1878. Provenance: Heimerdinger of Munich? Lamberts, London. A P Humphrey Esq. Hence by descent. With thanks to Jacqueline Cox, Deputy Keeper of Cambridge University Archives, the Goldsmiths' Library and Colin Longmore Esq.

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A set of six American silver coasters, by Tiffany

Lot 2: A set of six American silver coasters, by Tiffany

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Description: A set of six American silver coasters, by Tiffany & Company, of circular form with floral borders, 9cm diameter, 8oz

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A continental silver tea caddy, import hallmarked

Lot 3: A continental silver tea caddy, import hallmarked

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Description: A continental silver tea caddy, import hallmarked London 1891, of rectangular form on four bun feet, with pull-off basket weave circular cover, the body decorated with various domestic scenes, 12cm high, 8oz

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A suite of American silver japanese pattern

Lot 4: A suite of American silver japanese pattern

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Description: A suite of American silver japanese pattern flatware, by Gorham & Co., c.1875, comprising a set of 12 table forks, the terminals decorated with geishas, and a set of 12 dessert spoons with peacock motifs, table fork 19.75cm long, dessert spoon 7.25cm long, 39oz Both Gorham and Tiffany became involved in Japanese design towards the end of the 1860s. Gorhams japanese pattern flatware was introduced about 1870 and had five different handle designs.

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An American metalwares novelty preserve jar and

Lot 5: An American metalwares novelty preserve jar and

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Description: An American metalwares novelty preserve jar and cover, modelled as a military drum, with red glass liner, 10.5cm high

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