Antique Silver Serving Slice


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Object Description

A rare early antique silver serving slice with an elegant turned hardwood handle. The pierced silver surface is decorated with foliate scrolls and flowers. Hand engraved to the reverse is a large lion crest crowned. Total weight 189 grams, 6 troy ounces. Length 31.5 cms. Width 11.4 cms. Sterling silver. London 1753. Samuel Courtauld I (Grimwade 2489).

Biography – Samuel Courtauld, London silversmith, apprenticed to his father Augustine Courtauld 1734, free 1747. 1st mark entered as largeworker 1746. 2nd mark 1751. Married Louisa Perina Ogier 1749. Son Samuel born 1752, then 4 daughters and 2 other sons. Died 1765.

Object Literature

The serving slice was first made in silver in the second half of the 18th century, the early examples having triangular blades, usually pierced with scrolling motifs and often engraved. This serving slice, perfect for cake, was originally intended for serving fish.

Object Condition

This lovely silver serving piece is in very condition with no damage or restoration. Stamped with a full set of English silver hallmarks; the piercing has removed part of the date letter and makers mark but they can still be made out.

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)207 288 1939
+44 (0)7904 297419

Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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