A well modelled antique silver toastrack of classic design with a shaped handle and face mask decorated feet. Good size and weight. 6 slices.
Weight 275 grams, 8.8 troy ounces.
Height 15cm. Length 17cm. Width 11.2cm.
Maker Joseph Angell.
Literature. Toast racks are not known until the late 18th century. Prior to this toast must have been served on a dish or maybe wrapped in a napkin. Some of the earliest designs have oval or oblong tray bases.
Joseph Angell, London silver maker, apprenticed to Henry Nutting 1796, free 1804. 1st mark entered as plateworker 1811. 2nd mark 1824. 3rd mark in partnership with his nephew John Angel 1831. Died circa 1851-3.
Joseph’s brother John was apprenticed to William Elliott in 1799. He doesn’t seem to have entered a mark but was working with his brother in 1825. A 3rd brother Abraham was apprenticed to Joseph in 1808. In 1825 Joseph’s son Charles was apprenticed to his uncle John.