A superb antique sterling silver cup and cover with steeple top. Gilt silver. Outstanding quality and decorative detail. The base has a presentation inscription to the actress Anna Neagle from the popular magazine Picturegoer and Film Weekly for her performance in Courtneys of Curzon Street 1947. Weight 1926 grams, 61.9 troy ounces. Height 41.5 cms (total), 29 cms (cup). Diameter 11.7 cms. London 1909. Maker Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Co Ltd.
Biography – This company was established in 1880 by William Gibson and John Lawrence Langman using premises at 112 Regent Street, London, previously John Joseph Mechi. In 1893 the firm took over The Goldsmiths’ Alliance Ltd (late A.B. Savory & Sons) becoming in 1898 the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd, active as jewellers, dealers in diamonds and precious stones, silversmiths, electroplaters and watch and clock makers. In 1952 Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd was amalgamated with Garrard & Co Ltd. This prestigious company exhibited at home and abroad including the Indian and Colonial Exhibition (London, 1886), Paris (1889), Chicago (1893), California (1894), Paris (1900) and Franco-British Exhibition (London, 1908).
The Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co were manufacturers with workshops in Newcastle Place, Clerkenwell; Regent Works, Sheffield and Rue St George, Paris and also retailer of items supplied by various British gold and silver manufacturers (Martin Hall & Co Ltd, W&G Sissons, Wakely & Wheeler, William Comyns, Harrison Brothers & Howson, etc.)
Signed – The inscription reads “Picturegoer and Film Weekly Gold Medal awarded to Anna Neagle by Readers Votes in their Annual Ballot for her Performance in “The Courtneys of Curzon Street” 1947