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Robert Hennell IV, London, sterling silver and cut glass cruet set, 1872.

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    Posted 3 months ago

    kwqd
    (664 items)

    This sterling silver cruet set is 12" high x 7" wide and 5" deep. A crest is present on every piece and every piece is stamped with the same hallmarks. I have never weighed it, but it is a heavy chunk of silver and glass. I am wondering if it is bit finer than .925 silver as I have had it sitting in a cabinet for about twenty years and it has only minor tarnishing even though I have never polished it. My aunt gifted this set to me in 2000 when she was downsizing. I once took it to an Antiques Roadshow and the gentleman who appraised it said it was the nicest thing that he had seen that day. The silversmith was Robert Hennell IV of London who was active 1869-1887. There is one stamp which I have not been able to identify, the stamp all the way to the right. It may have been the personal mark of Robert Hennell IV. Left to right: Maker's Mark (Robert Hennell), Lion Passant (Assay stamp: London and other assay offices), Leopard's head uncrowned (Town mark: London 1821-), Date mark (r = 1872), Duty Mark (Queen Victoria: London), (?). I have never used it, but my aunt used it for serving liqueurs. She found it in a shop in Vienna, Austria just after the end of WWII while visiting her husband. My uncle was a Colonel in the Combat Engineers and was in one of the first groups of American soldiers to enter Hitler's Eagles Nest, but that is another story. He was stationed in Germany for a couple of years after the end of the war.

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 3 months ago
      Super elegant sterling & glass cruet set Kevin, what an awesome item it's very unique. Great split photos you are a tech genius, really show the special markings to great advantage
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 months ago
      CLASSY !!!
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 months ago
      Love the Feet !!!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thanks, Jenni! I use a graphics program which makes this fairly easy to do. There is, however, some art involved in organizing and displaying the inset images into the larger image.

      Thanks, Kevin! My aunt was a classy lady. She lived on Lombard Street in San Francisco, the windy street you see in movies. Before her husband died, they entertained a lot of prominent people in their home. At heart, though, she was a small town Missouri girl.

      Thanks for loving my Robert Harper cruet set Thomas, glassiegirl, aura, Kevin, Jenni and MarmorealMaiden!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thanks Vynil33rpm!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thanks for loving my silver set fortapache!
    7. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thanks dlpetersen!
    8. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 months ago
      I love the photo in photo design of your posts!
      Wish I could do it, but alas all I use is an iPad..lol
      I can imagine this fine set sitting on the table proper of a distinguished family.
      Things were done so beautifully in Victorian times...( or earlier?)
      My praise goes to your Uncle..a hero in my book!
      Would love to here the story as it is part of history..( my favorite subject)
    9. IVAN49 IVAN49, 3 months ago
      Yout cruet:RH in a rectangle;the maker is Robert Hennell IV,registered in London Jan 1869.
      (RH in two overlapping circles stands for Robert Harper).

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