This superb, large and eye catching Georgian silver 2 handled chestnut vase/wine cooler/cup and cover was made in London in 1827 by the excellent silver smith Benjamin Smith. It measures almost 15 inches tall by 10 inches handle to handle and is 5.25 inches in dia across the neck opening and 4 5/8 inches in dia across the base. It certainly has the look of a quality piece with a round base and acanthus leaf detailing and further leaf designs to the base of the body where there are large acanthus leaves rising up the body. There is a band of geometric design leading into the neck where there are 4 cast snakes twisted to form the handles and a further band of acanthus leaves around the neck of the vase, the pull off lid has acanthus leaf decoration spreading down from the finial and it has a large cast leaf and poppy head finial. It is fully and clearly hallmarked to the side, inside the lid, with the lion passant and to the finial screw. A typical piece of the best of Benjamin Smith in super condition weighing 72.35 ounces or 2250 grams, a versatile piece that can be used for many different things!