This is a fine quality antique silver-plated Victorian centrepiece bearing the makers stamp to the underside of the renowned silversmiths Benetfink & Co., Cheapside, London, mid 19th century in date.
This wonderful centerpiece was made in the manner of one of the greatest silversmiths of all time, Paul Storr, featuring a scalloped oyster shell top raised on a Maltese dolphin tripod base over a naturalistic plinth.
A lot of intricate detailing has gone into the creation of this beautiful item. This is an extremely well designed and attractive piece that can only grow in value.
In excellent condition with clear makers marks and no dings, dents or signs of repair. Please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 12 x Width 13 x Depth 12 & Weight 456 kg
Dimensions in inches:
Height 4.7 x Width 5.1 x Depth 4.7 & Weight 1,005.3 lbs
Benetfink & Co
Described themselves as ‘furnishing ironmongers’ and had large premises on Cheapside in London from 1845 to 1907. They sold a very large range of metalware items for the home and claimed in an advert in 1852 that they would furnish an eight-roomed house for £5.
They also sold optical lanterns, chandeliers and lamps and had a sports department offering bicycles and sports attire. By 1900 they were also selling Kerry and Enfield motorcycles as well motoring accessories such as headlights, jacks and motor watches.
They were taken over by the A.W. Gamage department store in 1907.
Our reference: A1365