A charming novelty silver pepperette in the form of Punch and Judy’s dog “Toby”. Wearing his distinctive trademark bowler hat and the ruffle collar with tassles. Detachable head and glass eyes. Underneath there is a Victorian lozenge registration mark. Total weight 58 grams, just under 2 troy ounces. Height 10 cm. London 1869. Maker Charles Stuart Harris.
Biography – Charles Stuart Harris. This large manufacturing silversmiths, C.S. Harris & Sons Ltd, was started by John Mark Harris, spoon maker in 1817 and continued by John Robert Harris, probably J.M. Harris’s son from 1843 until 1852 as a silver spoon and fork manufacturer. In c.1852 the business passed to Charles Stuart Harris, electro spoon and fork maker and manufacturer of plated wares and silversmith. In 1885 he purchased the business of D.J. & C. Houle, manufacturing silversmiths. In 1897 the business became a limited company C.S. Harris and Sons Ltd and continued in business until 1933/34 when they were incorporated into I Freeman & Sons Ltd.