This beautiful mahogany casket contains a silver-gilt dinner service set, providing twelve people with a full set of cutlery, along with other serving utensils. In total, there are 200 pieces of silver, all fully hallmarked. These silver pieces have been gilded, giving the set a beautiful gold finish.
The dinner service set was crafted by the celebrated Viennese silversmith, Josef Carl Klinkosch. Klinkosch apprenticed under his father, Carl Klinkosh, a well-respected silversmith, before forming a partnership with one Stephan Mayerhofer. This dinner service set, however, is the work of Klinkosch alone, and shows the refinement and skill he had achieved by the end of his career. Indeed, Klinkosch was so highly esteemed as a silversmith in Austria that he was honoured with a knighthood in 1879.
The mahogany case was constructed at a later point than the silver. The casket is inscribed ‘Hopeland House R.P.H. from D.S.C. February 20.1909’, and it is mounted on a stand.