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"So welcome Christmas. Bring your cheer.

Cheer to all Whos - far and near.

Christmas Day is in our grasp

As long as we have hands to clasp.

Christmas Day will be

Just as long as we have we.

Welcome Christmas while we stand

Heart to heart and hand in hand."



   (With thanks to Dr. Seuss and Michelangelo)




It’s as big as the moon with its silvery light.

It’s the color of rain on a warm summer night.

It’s the sparkle of dew on the fall spider’s web.

It’s the twinkle of light on waves as they ebb.

It’s traveled through time in a pocket or hat.

It’s graced the tables where royalty has sat.

It heals the sick and forms pretty things,

It makes Christmas bells that jingle and ring.

It’s addictive as sunshine – as fine as great wine -

Most sensual among all metals fine.


The silver below is listed chronologically by dating.

Click on the images for more information.




George I Silver & Tortoiseshell Snuff Box

England, c1720, with cypher monogram MR


The oval tortoiseshell box with a molded silver rim and standaway hinge, the tortoiseshell cover with applied silver oval with well engraved original cypher monogram MR




Scottish George II Silver Marrow Spoon

James Glen, Glasgow, 1743-52


Heavy gauge silver, double drop heel

Marked IG twice with town mark cast over (Jackson, p.569)

8-7/8” Long /  4 oz.





3 Pairs Hanoverian Silver Tablespoons


Pair George II Silver Hanoverian Tablespoons

Edward Lambe, 1743, crested : demi-griffin supporting a broken tilting spear

Pair George III Silver Hanoverian Tablespoons

Thomas Dealtry, 1763, terminals with scratched initials M . C

Pair George III Silver Hanoverian Tablespoons  - SOLD

Walter Tweedie, possibly 1786 (marks rubbed) crested : demi-phoenix rising in flames, collared with a mural crown 




18th Century Silver Scent Funnel

English or Continental., c1755


This small funnel made for use with early scent bottles, is of good gauge silver, the bowl with chased stylized floral and foliate decoration, having two applied ring loops and a chain, above a plain tapering funnel; unmarked; provenance, Phillips, London, October 1984

2" High x 1-5/8" Wide / .9 oz.





George II/III Silver-Gilt Mounted Agate Snuff Box

London, c1760


The round silver-gilt box with flat chased C-scrolls and floral and foliate decoration, the hinged lid with thumb lift, encasing a translucent agate center with pale white inclusions

Unmarked, 2" Diameter





George III Silver Creamboat

William Sudell, London, 1767


Silver "creamboats" are a smaller version of the sauceboat.  Although not rare, neither are they abundant. During the past few years, they have been in fact rather scarce. In addition, most of these boats on tripod legs have legs that are pushed in and rim damage.  It has been difficult to find one in good order. Sometimes these smaller boats are also called "butterboats" - the flat-bottom form appearing in ceramics.

2.8 oz. /  2.75” High x 4.75” Long




George III Silver Lemon Strainer, Charles Aldridge & Henry Green

London, 1771


Of heavy gauge, with flowerhead pierced bowl and beaded c-scroll handles centering pierced shells; the bowl shoulders engraved in conjoined script IAA among flourishes; fully marked with lion passant, date and London mark, bowl maker's mark pierced through and rubbed; fully marked and without repairs

 8-7/8" Wide Over Handles / 4 oz.



Lemon strainers (also known as punch or orange strainers) were introduced in the 18th century, probably in conjunction with punch drinking and punch bowls. Punch was a very popular drink in early 18th century Great Britain, prior to the popularity of wine. The word "punch" is said to have derived from the Hindu word "panch", for five.  It was introduced in the mid 17th century, and consisted of five ingredients  - basically being sweet, sour, bitter, weak, and alcoholic. There were several recipes - some involving tea or milk.  The most usual combination included water, sugar, limes, lemons or oranges, spices and spirits.  It could be served warmed or chilled.




Set of 3 George III Silver Wine Coasters

John Rowbotham & Co, Sheffield, 1775


Each of the same date and usual round form having pierced pales, circling garlands and swags supported by urns and a medallion suspending a beribboned applied oval, beaded upper rim and stepped foot, each with the original turned wooden coaster bases, two bases with central bone inserts and one with turning dot only;  crested for Everard and an Unknown Family (see listing for further details)






George III Silver Meat Dish

Andrew Fogelberg, London, 1777


The shaped oval meat dish with gadrooned borders, the upper rim with the arms and motto of

Michael Hicks-Beach. The first Michael Hicks-Beach was Michael Hicks Esq., marrying Henrietta Maria Beach in 1779, and assuming her last name.  They had a son and a grandson by the same name.  The most well known of those was Rt. Hon. Sir Michael Edward Hicks-Beach - an infamous member of the Parliament, known as "Black Michael", for the way he dealt with his political opponents.  He coined the phrase "Open door in China", and encouraged the international relationship with China, even at the risk of war.  He notably served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1885 to 1886 and again from 1895 to 1902 and also led the Conservative Party in the House of Commons from 1885 to 1886


16.5" Long / 44.3 oz.








George III Silver Lemon Strainer

Samuel Meriton II, London, 1780


Of large size and heavy gauge, the two-handled shallow circular bowl pierced with a simple geometric flowerhead, bearing the crest of the family of Molyneux, who were created Earls of Sefton;

 cast foliate form handles, fully marked;  9.5” Over Handles / 4.4 oz.






 18th Century Silver-Mounted Molded Steinbock Horn Snuff Box



The oval lidded box with fluted sides and a thumb grip, the lid and verso each carved with a seated

 ibex between trees and before mountains, the rim with unmarked silver mounts gilded to the interior

2” High x 2-7/8 Long




George III Silver Table Bell

Peter & Anne Bateman, London, 1791


Of conventional form with silver clapper, the baluster handle with reeded knop & terminal;

original clapper bearing the lion passant and maker’s mark

 4-3/8” High / 4.3 oz.


Small table bells are uncommon, whether made to stand alone, or as part of a standish. They are rare and always quite collectible This is marked on the body as well as the original clapper.

It is also by the well known Bateman family of silversmiths






George III Silver-Gilt Vinaigrette, Cocks & Bettridge, Birmingham, 1799 (AVAILABLE)

George IV Silver Book-Form Vinaigrette, Taylor & Perry, Birmingham, 1835 (SOLD)


The book form with spine and page-decorated sides, the interior scratched Ferdinand (?) Roy;

The right example with monogram MFL in conjoined script, and fully gilt to the interior and exterior

1-5/8" x 1-1/8" / .7 oz. & 1-1/2" x 1" / .8 oz.




George III Silver Child's Knife & Fork Set

Samuel Pemberton, Birmingham, 1802



In a red leather fitted case, the knife blade and fork ferrule with a script inscription : "L.H. Lacy"

1.1 oz. /  The Knife : 5-7/8" Long / The Fork : 4-3/4" Long





Georgian Silver Traveling Inkwell

London, 1809


A highly collectible small square traveling inkwell with reeded borders and a hinged screw-down silver cover retaining an inner cork liner (to prevent leakage);  heavy gauge silver;

 Gordon Bramah Collection; 1-5/16" Wide / 1.3 oz.





George III Silver Double-Crested Salver

John & Edward Edwards, London, 1814


Of very heavy gauge silver, the plain field centering two side-by-side crests (a demi-man in armor, in dexter an arrow, on chest a bird Kersteman; a falcon rising out of a mural coronet, on breast a ducal coronetHasted); raised on four scrolled feet

8-5/8" / 13 oz.





Pair of George III Old Sheffield Plate Candelabra

England, c1815


This pair of candelabra of extraordinary quality and weight - convertible to single candlesticks with removable bobeches.  The center also has removable flame.

19.25" High x 16.25" Wide





George IV Silver & Bone Traveling Apple Corer & Knife, Joseph Wilmore, Birmingham, 1824 (SOLD)

George IV Silver Traveling Apple Corer, Joseph Taylor, Birmingham, 1827 (SOLD)


The silver & bone traveling apple corer with both a silver knife and corer that screw into the bone case;

and an all silver example with a fully marked corer, housed in a marked silver case.

Gordon Bramah Collection




Collection of 19th Century English Silver Whistles

Gordon Bramah Collection


Including a Bosun's Whistle (Call) (sold)

2 British Military Whistles, (sold)

and a Fox-headed Hunting Whistle (sold)



The Complete Silver Page :  https://www.mfordcreech.com/silver.html


Also please see :

Christmas Catalog 2011, Part I - Ceramics & Glass

Christmas Catalog - Part III / Fine Art

Christmas Catalog 2011 - Part IV



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