FINE GEORGE III SILVER-MOUNTED MAHOGANY SERPENTINE CUTLERY BOX
The upright well figured mahogany serpentine lidded box with satinwood stringing to the interior and exterior,
and retaining the original slotted fittings;
the front with three reeded silver mounts : a ring pull on an oval mount,
and an oval keyhole escutcheon above a shield shaped escutcheon engraved script S,
with marker's mark I S in an oval punch;
the back with heavy Old Sheffield Plate hinges;
raised on three ogee form molded feet
Condition ; excellent with minor nicks appropriate to age
15.5" High x 9" Wide x 11.5" Deep
(Note : Cutlery is not included with
the box. It will be listed separately shortly - see below*)
(Note : Cutlery is not included with the box. It will be listed separately shortly - see below*)
* The knives shown above consist of a straight set of 11 dinner knives and 12 dessert knives,
each marked with a lion passant, one with a rubbed maker's mark, possibly SD or SP in an oval punch,
England, second or third quarter of the 18th century,
each crested with a demi-lion rampant.
To be posted shortly.
This knife form is described by Peter Brown, British Cutlery, p.102, figure c, as being
"well balanced....and of simple, pleasing appearance and well deserving of the award of 'prime knife'
(and fork) of the first half of the 18th century".
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