AC Silver is located in Newcastle, UK
Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Antique Victorian 1891
REF: C6020 / LA368001
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An exceptional, fine and impressive antique sterling silver nef / centrepiece; an addition to our ornamental silverware collection. This exceptional, fine and impressive antique sterling silver nef* has been realistically modelled in the form of a ship. The surface of the vessel is ornamented with impressive chased decoration in the style of wooden panels, in addition to scrolling motifs. The vessel of the ship is further embellished with a central panel depicting Neptune battling an opponent, under the inscription: 'Neptune'. The hinged rudder to the stern of the ship has a textured finish and features impressive scrolling foliate decoration. The jib sail is embellished with a bright cut engraved shield shaped coat of arms depicting a knight's helmet and scrolling feather plumage. The exceptional antique nef is further ornamented with impressive cast components including a central tent structure, twisted rope ladders, four crow's nests with scrolling ornamentation, five flags and an array of sterling silver sailor figures. The silver nef is positioned upon four impressive cast wheels ornamented with scrolling decoration. Such impressive examples of sterling silver nefs in such an exceptional condition are becoming increasingly difficult to locate. * A Nef was originally an extravagant table ornament created to hold spices or wine. Latterly nefs became more ornate and decorative, foregoing their functional use. A nef would be placed in front of the most important person seated at the table as a mark of their status. Dimensions Length 35.5cm/14" Width 13.3cm/5.2" Height 35.4cm/13.9" Weight 66.9 troy ounces/2082g Maker: Edwin Thompson Bryant Date: 1891 Origin: London, England
AC Silver has clarified that the Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Antique Victorian 1891 (LA368001) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1891
This silver nef is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional presentation condition. Full hallmarks struck to the body of the vessel and surface of the deck of the ship are all very clear. Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this fine example of antique silver.
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This Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Antique Victorian 1891 is located in Newcastle, UK