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Steel Bread Knife BK46
Steel Bread Knife BK46
Original, quality circa 1900, bread knife with an unusual steel blade and a carved sycamore handle. The handle is carved "Bread" and the blade is engraved "Bread Knife" & "M.Hunter & Sons Cutlers Sheffield". Remember, these knives are steel, not stainless steel, and will keep a very sharp edge, but they do not like water or moisture; just wipe and dry them thoroughly. Complete and in good and working order.

12.5" x 1.5" x 1".

 
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Price: 85.00


Bone Handled Bread Knife BK41
Original, quality late 19th century steel bread knife with a checkered pattern carved bone handle. The blade is etched "Bread Knife" and has harvest scenes either side. Remember, these knives are steel, not stainless steel, and will keep a very sharp edge, but they do not like water or moisture; just wipe and dry them thoroughly. Some minor stains to the steel otherwise complete and in good and working order.

12.5" x 1.25" x 1".

 
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Price: 75.00


Bone Handled Bread Knife BK41



Unused Steel Bread Knife BK37
Unused Steel Bread Knife BK37
Original, quality late 19th century unused steel bread knife with a silver plated ferrule and an ivorine handle. The blade is etched 'Bread Knife' and for the manufacturer "Joseph Haywood & Company Sheffield" and with their 'Kettle' logo. All in mint condition and totally unused. Remember, these knives are steel, not stainless steel, and will keep a very sharp edge, but they do not like water or moisture; just wipe and dry them thoroughly.

13" x 1.25" x 1.25".

 
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Price: 156.00


Carved Bread Knife BK28
Original, quality late 19th century bread knife with a steel blade and a sycamore handle. The handle is well carved with the detail of a large ear of wheat or corn and the steel blade is detailed for a "Harrison & Howsen" Culter to her Majesty (Queen Victoria) and "Bread Knife". Remember, these knives are steel, not stainless steel, and will keep a very sharp edge, but they do not like water or moisture; just wipe and dry them thoroughly. Complete and in good and working order.

13" x 1.25" x 1.25".

 
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Price: 85.00


Carved Bread Knife BK28



Carved Bread Knife BK24
Carved Bread Knife BK24
Original, quality late 19th century bread knife with a steel blade and a sycamore handle carved with details of flowers and ears of wheat or corn to one side. The blade is clearly etched with harvest scenes and flailing with "Bread Knife" between. All is complete and in good and working order. These knives are steel, not stainless steel, and will keep a very sharp edge, but they do not like water or moisture; just wipe and dry them thoroughly.

13.25" x 1.5" x 1".

 
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Price: 95.00


Carved Bread Knife BK23
Original, quality late 19th century bread knife with a steel blade and a sycamore handle carved with details of ears of corn or wheat to both sides. The blade is a little stained and is etched for the manufacturer "Joseph? Queen's Cutlers" and all is complete and in good and working order. These knives are steel, not stainless steel, and will keep a very sharp edge, but they do not like water or moisture; just wipe and dry them thoroughly.

13.25" x 1.5" x 1".

 
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Price: 115.00


Carved Bread Knife BK23



Steel Bread Knife with Nickel Grip BK20
Steel Bread Knife with Nickel Grip BK20
Original, quality late 19th century bread knife with a polished Sheffield Steel blade and a pistol grip shaped nickel handle, mounted to each end with acanthus leaf decoration. All has been polished and lacquered and is complete and in good and working order. Remember, this knife is are steel, not stainless steel, and will keep a very sharp edge, but does not like water or moisture; just wipe and dry it thoroughly.

12.75" x 1.25" blade x 1".

 
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Price: 20.00


Horn Handled Butchers Steel BS32
Original, quality late 19th century butcher's knife sharpening steel with a nickel ferrule guard and swivel hanging ring and a buffalo horn handle grip. The steel is impressed for a Sheffield maker and is a lot longer than normally found. Has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost, all is complete and in good and working order.

22" long including ring x 1.25" wide.

 
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Price: 115.00


Horn Handled Butchers Steel BS32



Antler Handled Butchers Steel BS31
Antler Handled Butchers Steel BS31
Original, quality late 19th century butchers shop, sharpening steel, with a stag horn antler handgrip, a brass safety guard and a brass hanging ring. The smooth iron is impressed for the manufacturer "Taylor eye witness Sheffield". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

17.5" long x 1.25" wide.

 
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Price: 65.00


Horn Handled Butchers Steel BS29
Original, quality, late 19th century, butcher's sharpening steel with a cow horn handle, a swivel top brass ring and a fine ribbed tapered steel. The steel is impressed "Cast Steel" and the handle is made with four sections of different coloured horn. Cleaned and polished and the brass has been lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order.

19" x 1.5".

 
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Price: 85.00


Horn Handled Butchers Steel BS29



Antler Handled Travelling Cutlery Trio C75
Antler Handled Travelling Cutlery Trio C75
Original, quality late 19th century three pieces cutlery set in the original leather roll. The roll is marked for the maker "Underwood Cutler 36 Haymarket London" as is the knife and the fork and spoon have silver plate marks for Walker Hall & Sons. The roll has a few tears to the leather, the tie strap is missing but otherwise is complete. The three pieces of cutlery are in fabulous condition with antler side covers and nickel mounts and all folding to fit into pockets in the leather roll. The knife blade is in steel and has a corkscrew fitted. Remember, these pieces of cutlery are steel, not stainless steel, and will keep a very sharp edge, but they dislike water or moisture; just wipe and dry them thoroughly. Complete and in good and working order.

Roll with cutlery in 5" x 2.5" x 2.5".

Cutlery open 7.5" x 0.75" x 0.5".

Price is for the set.

 
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Price: 300.00


Set of 6 Steel Dinner Knives C74
Original, quality late 19th century set of six very clean steel dinner knives with ivorine grips and etched to the blades for the manufacturer "Joseph Elliot & Sons Patent Lock Fast". Appear unused, although the grips have discoloured with age. Remember, these pieces of cutlery are steel, not stainless steel, and will keep a very sharp edge, but they dislike water or moisture; just wipe and dry them thoroughly and complete and in good and working order.

Blade 6" x 7/8".

Total 10" long.

 
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Price: 115.00


Set of 6 Steel Dinner Knives C74



Set of 6 Steel Dinner Knives with Ivory Grips C73
Set of 6 Steel Dinner Knives with Ivory Grips C73
Original, quality late 19th centry set of six very clean steel dinner knives with ivory grips and etched to the blades for the manufacturer "Robert F. Mosely Sheffield". Appear unused, remember, these pieces of cutlery are steel, not stainless steel, and will keep a very sharp edge, but they dislike water or moisture; just wipe and dry them thoroughly. Complete and in good and working order.

Blade 6" x 0.75".

Total 10" long.

Price is for the set.

 
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Price: 115.00


Silver Plated Pickle Fork C70
Original, quality late 19th century silver plated pickle fork mounted on a turned bone handle and with a patent push / pull rod for ejecting the pickle. A very clean and clever gadget. Complete and in good and working order.

9.75" x 0.5".

 
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Price: 56.00


Silver Plated Pickle Fork C70



Pair of Silver Plated Basting Spoons C69
Pair of Silver Plated Basting Spoons C69
Original, quality pair of late 19th century large basting spoons with a beaded edge to the shafts, a monogramme engraved to the grip, for the original owner, a good clear plate mark to the reverse and very little signs of use if any. A superb pair of serving / basting spoons, ready for use.

12.75" x 2.25".

1.25" front to back.

 
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Price: 85.00


Set of 6 Antler Handled Steel Knives C68
Original, quality set of six matching late 19th century steel tea knives with antler grips and steel endplates. The blades are etched "VR" with a crown between for the Reign of Queen Victoria 1837 to 1901 and "George Butler & Co, Sheffield England" for the maker. Cleaned and waxed and complete and in good and working order, but remember, these pieces of cutlery are steel, not stainless steel, and will keep a very sharp edge, but they dislike water or moisture; just wipe and dry them thoroughly.

8.25" x 0.75" x 0.5".

Price is for the set.

 
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Price: 135.00


Set of 6 Antler Handled Steel Knives C68



10 Matching Steel and Bone Knives and Forks C67
10 Matching Steel and Bone Knives and Forks C67
Original, quality mid to late 19th century matching steel knives and forks with bone grips; comprising five knives and five forks. The knives have the earlier style of steel blade and are marked for "Rodgers of Sheffield" the cutler manufacturer and "VR" for the reign of Queen Victoria. The forks are two prong and shorter than most due to use and perhaps old damage. The bone grips on all have a checkered pattern, two rivets to each and oval steel plates to the end. Some minor pitting to the blades, but a very usable part set. Complete and in good and working order. Remember, these pieces of cutlery are steel, not stainless steel, and will keep a very sharp edge, but they dislike water or moisture; just wipe and dry them thoroughly.

Knives 9.5" x 1" x 0.75".

Forks 6.75" x 0.5" x 0.75".

Price is for the set.

 
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Price: 156.00


Pair of Nickel and Glass Salad Servers C64
Original, quality 1930's pair of nickel salad servers with clear moulded glass handles. Very clean and very usable and complete and in good order.

11" x 2" x 1.25".

 
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Price: 65.00


Pair of Nickel and Glass Salad Servers C64



Worthington Brass Caddy Spoon C63
Worthington Brass Caddy Spoon C63
Original, quality brass tea caddy spoon embossed to the front "Let Worthington's Feed You" and "100 Shops 1936". The reverse is impressed "Made in England J.R.G.L." ( Possibly for the manufacturer J R Gaunt ). Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good order.

3" x 1.25" x 1".

 
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Price: 45.00


Pair of Plate Lifters C62
Original, quality pair of 1920's silver plated dinner plate lifters with carving knife style handles and fish shaped upper sections to the lifters. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order. The centre arms are impressed "Patented Plate Holder".

7" x 3.25" x 17".

 
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Price: 156.00


Pair of Plate Lifters C62



Burnished Steel Flesh Fork C60
Burnished Steel Flesh Fork C60
Original, quality mid 19th century burnished steel flesh fork with three tines, a plain shaft and a curled over top loop. Cleaned and waxed and complete and in good and working order.

21" long x 2.5".

 
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Price: 65.00


3 Piece Steel Carving Set CS58
Original, quality late 19th century three piece steel meat carving set in the original "leather paper" covered box. The box has green velvet and silk lining, the knife is etched to the blade for the manufacturer "Geo. Wostenholm & Sons Celebrated '1xL' Cutlery Sheffield England", the sharpening steel is stamped "Wosterholm Sheffield" and the fork has a good spring guard. All have antler stag's horn handles and nickel plates to each end. Remember, these pieces of cutlery are steel, not stainless steel, and will keep a very sharp edge, but they dislike water or moisture; just wipe and dry them thoroughly. All is complete and in good and working order.

Box 16.5" x 5.5" x 1.75".

Knife 15".

Fork 11.5".

Steel 13.5".

 
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Price: 300.00


3 Piece Steel Carving Set CS58



3 Piece Steel Carving Set CS57
3 Piece Steel Carving Set CS57
Original, quality 1920's three piece steel meat carving set in the original 'leather paper' covered box. The box has red velvet lining to the base and red silk to the lining of the lid. The knife is etched for the manufacturer "H. Barnascone & Sons Sheffield England" and has the 'Prolific' logo and "Granted by the Cutlers comp", the sharpening steel is impressed "Cast Steel" and the fork has a good sprung guard. All have cow horn grips and hallmarked silver ferrules. Remember, these pieces of cutlery are steel, not stainless steel, and will keep a very sharp edge, but they dislike water or moisture; just wipe and dry them thoroughly. All is complete and in good and working order.

Box 17" x 5" x 2".

Price is for the set.

 
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Price: 156.00


3 Piece Carving Set CS56
Original, quality late 19th century three piece steel meat carving set in the original leather paper covered box. The box interior is in purple velvet to the base and silk to the lining of the lid. The knife is etched for the maker "Burdett & Co Sheffield", the sharpening steel is stamped "Cast Steel" and the fork has a good sprung guard. All have pressed buffalo horn grips to appear as stag antler, hallmarked silver ferrules and nickel shield shaped end mounts. Remember, these pieces of cutlery are steel, not stainless steel, and will keep a very sharp edge, but they dislike water or moisture; just wipe and dry them thoroughly. All is complete and in good and working order and this set appears unused.

Box 16.5" x 5.5" x 1.5".

 
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Price: 200.00


3 Piece Carving Set CS56



Antler Handled Carving Fork CS55
Antler Handled Carving Fork CS55
Original, quality late 19th century steel carving fork with two long prongs and an antler handle. Remember, this piece of cutlery is steel, not stainless steel, and will keep a very sharp edge, but it dislikes water or moisture; just wipe and dry it thoroughly. Cleaned and lacquered and complete and in good and working order.

12.5" x 1" x 1".

 
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Price: 45.00


3 Piece Carving Set CS53
Original, quality late 19th century three piece steel meat carving set in the original fitted leather paper covered box, the base is lined in blue velvet and the lid blue silk, the interior of the box is rather worn but complete. This set comprises a carving knife and fork and a sharpening steel, all with hallmarked silver mounted elephant tusk grips. The knife is etched for the manufacturer "E.T.Markham Sheffield Made", the sharpening steel is stamped cast steel and the fork has a good sprung guard. The silver hallmarks are a little rubbed, but there is no question that these items were manufactured pre-1947. The grips are a super colour from use and all is complete and in good and working order. Very suitable for use as intended. Remember, these pieces of cutlery are steel, not stainless steel, and will keep a very sharp edge, but they dislike water or moisture; just wipe and dry them thoroughly.

Box 20" x 6" x 2".

Price is for the set.

 
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Price: 485.00


3 Piece Carving Set CS53



3 Piece Carving Set CS47
3 Piece Carving Set CS47
Original, quality, circa 1900 / 1920's three piece steel, meat carving set in the original leather paper covered box. The box interior is lined with blue velvet and pale blue silk to the base and blue silk to the lid. The knife is etched for the maker "C.W Fletcher & Sons Ltd. Sterling Works Sheffield" and the fork and sharpening steel are both stamped 'Steel'. The grips are cowhorn tips and the fork has a sprung safety guard. A very clean set but remember these pieces of cutlery are steel, not stainless steel, and will keep a very sharp edge, but they dislike water or moisture; just wipe and dry them thoroughly. Complete and in good and working order.

Box 17" x 5.25" x 1.75".

Price is for the set.

 
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Price: 156.00


Copper Strainer CS20
Original, quality 1920's coppersmith made copper strainer worked in one piece of thick sheet copper. This super example has a slightly dished spoon end, well perforated with a curled over hook to the top. Originally tinned all over but now polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good order.

20" x 4" x 1.5".

 
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Price: 56.00


Copper Strainer CS20



Straw Cutlery Tray CT9
Straw Cutlery Tray CT9
Original, quality late 19th century straw work cutlery tray, with a divider to the centre, a carry handle over the top and the original green baize lining. The baize is worn in places, mainly to the top of the dividing panel, otherwise all is in super condition with no worm holes or breaks in the straw weave. Complete and in good and working order.

14" x 8.25".

6.5" tall including handle.

Tray 3.25" tall.

 
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Price: 45.00


Rotary Knife Sharpener KC27
Original, quality late 19th century "Rotary Knife Sharpener" on a small circular ebonised base with a side handle. The underside has the original paper label detailing 'The Rotary Knife Sharpener No 30" and 'Directions for use' and warranted for ten years. Complete and in good order.

Base 2.5" diam.

Total 5" wide including handle.

 
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Price: 38.00


Rotary Knife Sharpener KC27



Aluminium Knife Cleaner KC21
Aluminium Knife Cleaner KC21
Original, quality, 1920/30's, table mounted, unused aluminium knife cleaner, with the original cardboard carton and lid and paper label and a copy of the original instruction card. This example is truely in mint condition, with not a scratch in sight. Embossed to the top "Dura Knife Cleaner, Provisionally Patented". All is complete and in good and working order. The best you will ever see.

Body 6.5" diameter x 4.5" tall with handle fitted.

9.5" wide x 6.75" tall.

 
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Price: 115.00


Tin of Knife Polish KC15
Original, quality unopened tin of 'Oakey's Wellington knife cleaning powder', circa 1900/1920's, with the original coloured printed wrapper detailing a cameo of The Duke of Wellington with standing lions either side, "Manufacturered by John Oakey and Sons Ltd" and "Wellington Emery and Blacklead Mills of London", also "directions for use" and other details. Some discolouration but otherwise all complete and in good order.

3" diameter x 5.25" tall.

 
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Price: 56.00


Tin of Knife Polish KC15



Steel Knife Sharpener KC7
Steel Knife Sharpener KC7
Original quality, 1920's, steel knife sharpener of the twin grinding wheel principle with an ivorine hand grip. Complete and in good and working order.

8" x 1.5" x 0.5".

 
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Price: 23.00


Pair of Knife & Fork Rests KR5
Pair of original, quality silver plated knife rests, circa 1900/20's, of an unusual form. Complete and in good and working order.

4" x 2" x 1.5" high.

 
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Price: 45.00


Pair of Knife & Fork Rests KR5



Ceramic Sauce Ladle L28
Ceramic Sauce Ladle L28
Original, quality 1920's white ceramic sauce ladle with blue decoration and gilding to the edges. Complete and in good and working order.

Bowl 2.5" x 1".

Total 6.5" long.

 
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Price: 25.00


Brass and Wrought Iron Ladle L27
Original, quality 18th or early 19th century brass ladle with a blacksmith made wrought iron handle with a good curled over hook to the top. The brass bowl is fitted to the wrought iron shaft with three large copper rivets. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good and working order.

21" x 1.5" x 3".

Bowl 4.5" x 1.5".

 
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Price: 85.00


Brass and Wrought Iron Ladle L27



Copper Straining Spoon L25
Copper Straining Spoon L25
Original, quality late 19th century coppersmith wrought straining spoon. This super perforated example has an oval bowl to the spoon with a worn end consistent with much use and a curled over top of the handle for hanging on a rail. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order.

19" x 3.25" x 1.5".

 
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Price: 85.00


Brass Ladle L24
Original, quality late 19th century brass ladle with a bowl shape to the base, a flat stem and a slotted hole for hanging. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

17.5" long.

Bowl 4" x 1.25" deep.

 
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Price: 36.00


Brass Ladle L24



Brass and Wrought Iron Ladle L23
Brass and Wrought Iron Ladle L23
Original, quality 18th or early 19th century brass ladle with a blacksmith made wrought iron handle with a good curled over hook to the top. The brass bowl is fitted to the wrought iron shaft with three large copper rivets. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good and working order.

Total length 17.5".

Bowl 4.25" diam x 1.5" deep.

 
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Price: 115.00


Brass and Wrought Iron Ladle L17
Original, quality, 18th or early 19th century, straining ladle with a deep bowl with a perforated extension to the side and a blacksmith made wrought iron handle with a turned hook eye to the top. The wrought iron handle is fitted to the underside of the brass bowl with three copper rivets and a shaped wrought iron mount. A most unusual ladle, polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good and working order.

Bowl 4" diameter x 2" deep.

Total length 21.5".

 
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Price: 135.00


Brass and Wrought Iron Ladle L17



Copper Ladle / Scoop L1
Copper Ladle / Scoop L1
Original, quality, 19th century, saucepan shaped copper ladle with a blacksmith made wrought iron handle with a super curled over hook to the end. An unusual form for a ladle. All has been polished and lacquered and is complete and in good order.

Bowl 3.25" high.

4.25" top diameter.

Total 19.5" long plus 9" high.

 
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Price: 85.00


Leather Cased Picnic Set PF4
Original, quality late 19th century travelling picnic set comprising a cut glass spirit flask with a screw on cap and cup and three pieces of folding cutlery, knife, fork and spoon, all fitted into a small leather case. The case is in pale fine leather with a stud catch to the front. The flask has nickel mounts and cup and the cutlery is folded and fitted to a leather insert which slides into the case in front of the flask. The cutlery is nickel with ivorine side covers and the knife has a steel blade. All is very clean, shows very little use and is complete and in good and working order.

Case 5.5" x 2.5" x 2.5".

Price is for the set.

 
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Price: 350.00


Leather Cased Picnic Set PF4



Steel Palette Knife S77
Steel Palette Knife S77
Original, quality late 19th century cook's steel palette knife with an ebony handle. The blade is etched for the manufacturer "S. Ferrari & Sons 10a Archer St. W.I" (London). Some pitting but otherwise complete and in good and working order.

14" x 1.5" x 0.5".

 
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Price: 56.00


Pair of Sheffield Plated Copper Sugar Tongs ST2
Original, quality pair of engraved copper sugar tongs, 18th or early 19th century. These were originally Sheffield plated, although most has rubbed away through use. Otherwise complete and in good and working order. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost.

5.5" x 1.75" x 0.5".

 
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Price: 45.00


Pair of Sheffield Plated Copper Sugar Tongs ST2



Pair of Sheffield Plated Copper Sugar Tongs ST1
Pair of Sheffield Plated Copper Sugar Tongs ST1
Original, quality pair of engraved copper sugar tongs, 18th or early 19th century. These were originally Sheffield plated, although most has rubbed away through use. Otherwise complete and in good and working order. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost.

5" x 1.5" x 0.5".

 
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Price: 45.00


Pair of Wedgwood Salad Servers SS12
Original, quality pair of 1920's nickel salad servers with wedgwood white on blue Jasper ware handles. The stems are impressed 'EPNS' for electro plated nickel silver and all is complete and in good and working order with not a chip in sight.

11.5" x 2" x 1 1/8".

 
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Price: 65.00


Pair of Wedgwood Salad Servers SS12



Mintons Ceramic Spoon Warmer SW1
Mintons Ceramic Spoon Warmer SW1
Original, quality circa 1900, ceramic spoon warmer fashioned as an egg with the hole where the chick has hatched out. The top is decorated in colour with violet flowers and leaves and the base has acanthus leaf forms as a stand. The underside is printed in gilt "Mintons" and "England".

Perfect. 5" tall x 3.5" wide.

4.5" front to back.

 
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Price: 85.00

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