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In the antiques world, the various genre are usually divided into categories -

largely that of "Furniture", and "The Decorative Arts" -

the latter including varied further classifications as silver, ceramics, glassware and textiles, etc.

A great many of these 'decorative arts' are probably smaller than a breadbox,

and whilst providing their bits of usefulness - as storage, dining or such -

the decorative arts are often aimed at providing just pure tactile and sensual


Now these small pleasures are all-too-often referred to (with some disdain) as :


Many purveyors of 'fine furniture' just do not wish to cover their glowing surfaces with small dust-catchers,

instead keeping their magnificent forms pristine so that the glorious early surfaces are displayed

without distraction -- or dust.

In fact, a 'timber man' might speak the phrase :

"Well, we just don’t do dustables".

However, as we are three ladies -
"dust" is just a long-time familiar event.

So what's a little dust here and there?


Over time, I have repeatedly noted that these smaller "dustable delights"

embody a wonderful intricacy of craftsmanship and decoration

not generally encountered in larger furniture, et al...

....not to speak of the occasional whimsy and humor displayed....

Most are meant to be inspected up close and personal -

and speaking of personal - many might have a very personal story to tell.


So it is with great lightness of spirit that we present to you

fifteen of our "for-your-pleasure" recent acquisitions

of :


(In Chronological Order of Their Creation)




George II Silver Toilet Box & Cover

Charles Kandler, London, 1727

Jacobite Interest

Of very heavy gauge silver, the cover engraved coat of arms of Edward Howard, 9th Duke of Norfolk, 1686-1777,

and his wife Mary, daughter and co-heiress of Edward Blount;

the underside with a later crest (a demi-lion, in dexter paw a cross crosslet) and scratchweight 6=8 1/2.


Edward Howard, 9th Duke of Norfolk (1686-1777) and lifelong Jacobite,

married Mary, daughter and co-heiress of Edward Blount, on 26 November 1727.

This box no doubt formed part of a toilet service which formed part of their wedding plate.

The Duke of Norfolk is the premier duke in the peerage of England,

and also, as Earl of Arundel, the premier earl.

The Duke of Norfolk is, moreover, Earl Marshal and hereditary Marshal of England

3.25” Diameter / 6.2 oz.






George I Silver Marrow Scoop

London, 1725-6

Maker's Mark (?)S

8.25" Long / 1.5 oz.


George II Irish Silver Marrow Scoop

Dublin, 1731-45

 Maker's Mark Rubbed, Probably Henry Jago

The shaft engraved C*S

8.5" Long / 2 oz.




George II Silver Large Hanoverian Soup Ladle

Elias Cachart, London, 1748

Of quite heavy gauge silver with long slender shaft,

the terminal with a period conjoined cypher monogram ML or MX

14.5" Long, The Bowl, 4" Wide / 9 oz.




Early Worcester Blue & White Molded Teabowl & Saucer

"Fisherman and Willow Pavilion", c1755-60

Painted with a fisherman beneath a willow; workman's mark

Exhibited : London, 1986, The Paul Zeisler Collection of

English Blue & White Porcelain, Albert Amor,

bearing exhibition label (below)

5" Diameter, The Saucer





George II Silver Sauceboat

William Shaw & William Preist, London, 1757

Crested : a stag's head couped at the neck, attired, the tongue hanging out

Of heavy gauge on wonderful wide spread shell feet

8" Long / 10.4 oz.





Scarce Lowestoft "Island" Pattern Miniature (Toy) Teabowl & Saucer

England, c1762-65

Depicting a Chinese riverscape with pagodas, trees and sampans

within single line and "berry" borders;

saucer verso with a decorator's mark in underglaze blue

Ref : Spero, Simpson Collection of Eighteenth Century English Blue & White Miniature Porcelain

Teabowl, 1-5/8" High, Saucer, 3" Diameter




Bow Porcelain Lobed & Moulded Geranium Leaf Dish

England, c1765-70

Painted in bright blue with fruiting grapevines and scattered insects

shaped feuille-de-choux rim,

the verso with pseudo Oriental character marks

9-7/8" Long





George III Cast Silver Taperstick

Ebenezer Coker, London 1771

An exceptionally lovely example with baluster stem,

and shell and foliate stepped shaped base

6.25" High / 7.5oz.




Rare Worcester "Scolopendrium" Pattern Bowl

England, c1772-1775

The five-lobed molded bowl in polychrome enamels with large spiraling scolopendrium

(hart's tongue fern) leaves, alternating, in typical Worcester factory style,

with floral sprigs, below a brown-line rim, on a high footrim;

said to be a copy of an earlier Chelsea example, but without the interspersed sprigging

Ref :

Worcester Porcelain in the Zorensky Collection, Sandon, p 194, Plate 209;

Dictionary of Worcester Porcelain, Sandon, p. 305, for an example of the 1765 beaker and saucer

6" Diameter




Good Pair George III Silver Hanoverian Shell-Bowl Sauce Ladles

Thomas Chawner, London, 1774-5

Crested : a cubit arm erect in armour, the hand grasping a dagger

Of heavy gauge silver with facet drop heels

7' long / 4.5 oz.





George III Brass Tobacco Box & Pipe Carrier

England, c1790

Engraved with the figure of a "Beadle"

(recall Dickens's famous fictional constabulary beadle "Mr. Bumble")

and the name N HUNT and DOVER;

the interior with three compartments for a pipe, tobacco, and a rasp with grater

Ref : An almost identical box is pictured in The Brass Book, Schiffer, p.100

5.25" Long





Rare George III Carved Lignum Vitae Silver-Mounted Tankard

Henry Nutting, London, 1805

Carved with a band of vertical rectangles over a plain band,
above a band of horizontal rectangles representing basket-weaving,

the ring-turned cover with carved thumb lift,

body rim, handle and handle thumb lift all silver mounted,

raised on three silver paw feet

7.5" High




George III Scottish Provincial Engraved Silver Quaich

Charles Jamieson, Inverness, c1810

Having twin shaped lugs with upper surfaces engraved for a marriage :

AMG and PML,

raised on a plain collet marked footrim

Ref : Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh, 13 August 2014 :

"Inverness - a scarce Scottish provincial quaich, Charles Jamieson",

of identical form with engraved initials (traced)

5-5/8" Wide, Over Handles / 2-7/8" Diameter, The Bowl / 3.2 oz.





17th Century Style Silver Traveling Folding Fork

Corelius Rietveld, Schoonhoven, 1888

19th Century Dutch Duty Marks

The finial cast as an armless female figure above the face of a bearded man,

the beard becoming the square tapering horizontally-ribbed shaft with folding fork

attaching to a fig-shaped engraved bowl

5" long / 1.5 oz.





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