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English Sterling Silver86 of 114A lot of so-called Victorian 'sweetheart' broochesREPOUSSÉ STERLING SUGAR BOWL / TUMBLER CUP 1886
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Posted 3 years ago


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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.


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks Manikin, Bellin68, inky, Obscurities & miKKo too!
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks scandinavian_pieces!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks Amber!
  4. AmberRose AmberRose, 3 years ago
    Good to finally see you V. Great photo, looks like you are having fun! Love it!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    I went looking for some pix. There aren't many: this one was in Woolloomooloo in the mid nineties I think. Forty years after the last one! More recent ones don't exist yet.
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks czechman!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks guyfrmatl!
  8. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
    Very NICE. Glad to see you're posting more "Sterling". Smart looking piece.
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks kerry10456. There is more to come. It has always been a collecting favourite. Here in Australia most of the silver is marked in the English manner, except for colonial pieces that are very rare.
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks two can Tangox2 too!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks petey!
  12. pops52 pops52, 2 years ago
    Great piece!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks pops52!
  14. petey petey, 2 years ago
    Merry Christmas vetraio50, and have a great year in 2014!
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    And to you too, Phil! Your efforts this year were unbelievable!
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Jono!
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks NUTSABOTAS 'n BELLIN too!
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 months ago
    Many thanks CATTEANN & AGHCOLLECT!!!!!
  19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 months ago
    Many thanks SKINARABBIT!!!!

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