A fine example of a silver pig paperweight by the well renowned silversmiths Sampson Mordan & Co Ltd. The cast silver pig is well detailed and bears a clear Chester hallmark for 1906 on its hind leg and the makers maker on its front leg. The loaded base on which it stands is in good condition but the hallmark is rubbed.
This pair of William lV mahogany Library chairs are in manner of Gillows, (They are certainly of Gillows quality but not signed). The condition of both chairs is excellent. The only thing we have had to do is re-cover the original horse hair pads with aged leather. Measurements Height 87cm Width 51cm Depth 66cm Depth of seat 51cm Height of seat 49cm (with cushion) Height of seat 41cm (without cushion)
A superb quality table with excellent colour and patina. This well proportioned dining dating from circa 1830 benefits from retaining all its original leaves and its original surface. The mahogany used in construction is of high quality and although not signed it is similar to Gillows quality and design. The maximum amount of diners would be twelve people . It also has its original winder and leaf carrier. Dimensions Extended length 303cm, Width 122cm, Height 73.5cm
A rather lovely silver letter opener by Sampson Mordan & Co. In the form of cavalry sword this letter opener has been made in exquisite detail and complete with its silver scabbard. This bears a London hallmark for 1870. The hallmark on the scabbard is slightly rub but perfectly readable and hallmark on the main blade shows no sign of wear at all.
A beautifully made and finely inlaid burr walnut credenza in excellent original condition. The lining material is somewhat faded, but an even colour in the show areas (this can be changed at a cost, to a material of your choice if you wish). The gilt brass mounts are all complete and well cast.
A huge Elsmore and Forster jug, decorated with circus performers and animals. A rare and unusual piece of mid 19th century English pottery which was made in Tunstall, Staffordshire. A smaller version of this type of jug is exhibited at The Victoria and Albert museum. The jug has a small glazed over firing crack on the spout, and also a small amount of crazing to the glaze, but otherwise in excellent condition.
A lovely dainty rolled gold and amethyst paste necklace. The two square amethyst pastes are set between three pierced bows. Rolled Gold is a fusion process where a sheet of base metal (in this case brass) is covered with thin layers of gold and then heat fused together. Jewellery is then made from this. Most of the chain link of this necklace is now revealing its brass colour, but this is still a delightful necklace.The bows retain their gold appearance.
An attractive 1970s 'Aurora Borealis' brooch. The process of making Aurora Borealis coating on crystal was in experimental phases in the early 1950's by the Swarovski Company. The process progressed to some success in 1953, but not until 1955 did Manfred Swarovski perfect it. This is a really attractive example of cut crystal with the rainbow coating.(its not Swarovski). The brooch features a central circle surrounded by 6 flowers creating one larger flower, really pretty when the light catches it.
A pretty little Italian micro mosaic brooch, dating to the mid 20th century. Micro mosaic is when tiny glass tiles are crafted together and placed into cement to produce ‘micro mosaic’ pictures, which are then set into jewellery. Micro mosaic work dates back over 2000 years, although it was probably most popular in the 18th & 19th Centuries during the time of the Grand Tour. Italy is the most famous producer of micro mosaic jewellery. This brooch is in good order and was probably a holiday souvenir brought home in the 1950s, brass backed.
A set of three brass fire irons with firedogs. These irons are in the Victorian style but are probably early to mid 20th century. They still look the part beside any period fireplace. One of the dogs has a dent to the top of the sphere shape. They both have a few minor dents around the bases, and the shovel corners are slightly bent from use.