This is a stunning English Victorian silver plated fruit or bread basket with fabulous engraved decoration, circa 1880 in date.
It bears the makers mark JD & S for the renowned silversmith James Deakin &Son..
Add a touch of class to your next dining experience.
In excellent condition with clear makers marks= and no dings, dents or signs of repair. Please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 23 x Width 30 x Depth 21 – With handle up
Dimensions in inches:
Height 9 inches x Width 1 foot x Depth 8 inches – With handle up
The firm was founded in Sheffield by James Deakin in 1866.
The first mark was entered by the firm in Sheffield Assay Office on 31 January 1878. It was a “JD” over “WD” and, possibly, represented the partnership of James Deakin and his son William Pitchford Deakin. The firm was active at Sidney Works, Matilda Street, Sheffield.
In 1886 two further sons entered in the partnership, John Deakin and Albert Deakin, and the firm was then known as James Deakin & Sons.
Further marks were entered in London Assay Office (1888) by William and John Deakin (subsidiary offices and showrooms at 48 Holborn Viaduct, London), Chester and Birmingham. Further offices and showrooms were opened at Gardiner House, 14 Charterhouse Street, London, 34 St. Enoch Square, Glasgow and 7 Queen Street, Belfast.
After the retirement of James Deakin (1893) the business was continued by his sons William, John and Albert.
In 1897 the firm was converted into a limited liability company under the style James Deakin & Sons Ltd.
The firm was the proprietor of Shaw and Fisher, Electro-plate Manufacturers (established 1835) and of Walter Latham & Son, Sterling Silver & Electro-plate manufacturers (established 1874).
Our reference: 07575
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