Posted 2 years ago
This was market find a couple of years ago. The repoussé work attracted it to me and I could see that there was a lot of hand work on the chasing of the piece; it was not just pressed silver. It tok me a little time too to find those English hallmarks. They were not in the decoration but were along the edge of the little tray unusually; it is raised only less than a centimetre so the was not much room for the assayers. The tiniest hallmarks I have in my collection: CB two conjoined circles makers mark London leopards head Victoria's head and M for 1887. The maker is Charles Boyton II who worked from 1849 onwards. He was the son of the founder of a long line of silversmiths that conned well into the twentieth century.
"The firm of Charles Boyton and Sons was founded in 1809 and eventually wound up in 1933. The director Charles Boyton (1885-1958) a Liveryman, broke away from the old firm and set up wholesale silversmiths in Marylebone Lane and a retail premises in Wigmore Street in 1934 although pieces bearing his facsimile signature date from 1930 while he was still working for his father. Some of his work is inspired by the Pyramid pattern designed by Harald Nielsen in 1926 for Georg Jensen. Boyton's business had closed by 1939."
"Charles Boyton & Son began in the early 19th century as makers of spoons and forks. They later added items like this tray (or ‘salver’) to their stock in trade, describing themselves in 1895 as ‘silver spoon and presentation plate and wholesale manufacturing silversmiths’. Later still they diversified into general metalwork, including, during the First World War, aeroplane propellers. A successor company styled ‘Charles Boyton & Son (1933) Ltd’ traded from Wardour Street W1 until around 1977."
It is only 10 cm across or 4 inches.