339: Good Regency Sterling Silver Tray
Good Regency Sterling Silver Tray, hallmarked London, 1810-1811, by Benjamin and James Smith, of oval form with an elaborate reed-and-grapevine border accented with grape cluster-mantled shell motifs, with a pair of scrolling reed-and-ribbon handles centered by grape clusters, the whole raised on four foliate scroll-mounted lion's paw feet, engraved on the plateau with the crest of Whitwange of Dunson, et al. (an urcheon/hedgehog), supported by a leafy-mantled morion, l. 26-1/2", w. 17-1/2", 133.10 t. oz.Regency Sterling Silver Inkstand, hallmarked Sheffield, 1812-1813, by John Roberts & Co., of rounded rectangular form, with gadrooned rim quartered by shell-and-scroll motifs, with a pair of pen trays centered by an urn-shaped nibs compartment with taperstick cap, flanked by a pair of receptacles fitted with cut-glass inkwells fitted with silver caps, the whole decorated with gadrooned banding and raised on four lion's paw feet, the caps engraved with a crest of castle with three towers and the motto "Labor Omnia Vincit", h. 4-3/4", l. 10-1/2", w. 7-1/4", 22.12 total t. oz. (excluding glass inkwells).
Overall Condition: Very Good. A few light surface scratches on the plateau, the longest about 3-1/2", the most prominent about 2", but otherwise excellent with negligible signs of wear. Beautiful detail throughout on the rim, handles, feet and crest. Hallmarked (on the underside) with: 1) the London crowned leopard's head, 2) the sterling lion passant, 3) the date letter "P" for 1810-1811, 4) the "BS/IS" maker's mark of Benjamin & James Smith, and 5) the George III bust duty mark, and additionally with the French "ant" import mark in use 1864-1893. An exceptional piece.