Animals to make your dinner table resemble a sterling silver zoo. Novelty silver made by James Barclay Hennell who was a son of Robert Hennell who started the London firm Robert Hennell & Sons. Robert Hennell & Sons was in existence before 1851. It was sold in 1887. Two claret jugs and a smoker’s companion for when the gentlemen light their cigars.

Claret jug modeled as a bear with removeable head. 1876. English. Silver. Image © http://www.karaffensammler.at. Fair use license. via http://www.karaffensammler.at/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=5970
Claret jug formed as a kneeling performing elephant with a hinged head forming the cover. Originally it would have had tusks. 1881. English. Silver. Image © Metropress Ltd, (t/a Auction Technology Group) 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/print-edition/2020/january/2425/feature/performing-elephant-silver-novelty-sells-well-above-predictions/
Toad-form smoker’s conpanion modeled as an elegant toad carrying a cane and top hat. 1885. Victorian. Silver. Maker’s marks on base and head. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2016/collections-silver-vertu-ceramics-russian-works-of-art-n09491/lot.180.html

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