Posted 12 months ago
I thought to share with you; my very unexpected* Christmas gift, that I just received from Rachel, my wonderful wife.
*Even after 29 years of marriage, every now and then, she still manages to throw an absolute suprise my way! ;)
The Sovereign case or holder is Gilt Sterling Silver by my favourite Victorian English Silversmith; Sampson Mordan. The inside of the lid bears the Hallmarks of The "Lion Passant" for Sterling Silver, The "Three Wheatsheaves & Sword" of the Chester Assay Office, The "A" date letter for 1901 and the Company strike "SM & Co Ld" for Sampson Mordan & Company. Finally the Company article reference number "793".
I wrote a little piece on Sampson Mordan his history and Company, in my previous pencil/pen posts on Collectors Weekly, such as:
As with all high quality English pieces, where there are various parts that could become separated (i.e. the suspension ring), they have been further Hallmarked with "Lion Passant" and "A" date letter. The case is gilded all over and does show some slight finger/pocket rubbing to the outer gilding. I can imagine the original owner rubbing the very tactile case whilst it nestled in his waistcoat pocket, suspended on his "Albert" chain, with his Gold Half Hunter watch on the other end! He would have been a gentleman of some very considerable wealth. There is the engraved monogram "AF" on the case lid. I wonder who he was, what sort of man he was ? The exquisitely engraved initials bring to mind my speculative Collectors Weekly posts on the Silversmiths engraved copper plates back last year:
Rachel also got me a case "filler" in the shape of an absolutely mint 1891 Victorian Gold Sovereign. The case will happily take four or five coins on the sprung loaded platform clip. For anyone interested, there is an interesting article exploring English Gold Sovereigns on Wikipedia:
Thanks to Rachel, and to you, my fellow CW Members for checking out my No.1 Christmas present! A very Happy New Year to you all!