Posted 10 years ago
My parents bought this from an antique shop in Charleston , SC in the early 1970's. They were told it was from the late 1800's England.
I have tried to research the maker's marks and come back with nothing!
The first one is a W in an octagon (or a square with the corners chopped off). The second mark is an S in it's own octagon. The third mark says &co in it's own octagon. The fourth mark is another S in it's own octagon but it is a little worn, I believe this mark refers to the year it was made. All the lettering is done in an old English script. I think this is silver plate as there is no marking for sterling from the crown or assayers office.
The entire set has very decorative engraving (hand done) all over it. There is an image engraved on each piece. It appears to be 2 long snouted mammals (dog?) that has a snakes body or is biting (fighting) a snake.
Also there appears to be 4 heads, 2 are smaller and they look like the same animal. The dog figure looks more like an Afghanistan Elkhound since it has a long snout and floppy ears. Not sure if you can tell in the detail I photocopied.
I have gone through the maker's marks websites. None of them use this ornate lettering. That was my first attempt solving this mystery. But I am most curious about the scene going on. Would like to know if this is an Egyptian themed set. If anyone knows about the animal figures on here please leave a comment.
Thank you so much!