Egg cruets. Yes, the Victorians had specialized tableware for everything imaginable. But still. . . much prettier than those ceramic bluebird looking things in Walmart.

Four egg cruet. Basket weave with a shaped base that has a beaded rim with coordinating folding handle. Four removable egg cups and four egg spoons. ca. 1890-1910. English, made in London. Silver plate. G. R. Collis and Company. maker. Maker’s marks: fully marked on the underside for G. R. Collis and Company. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sheffield-silverplate/quality-antique-silver-plated-four-egg-cruet-gr-collis-london/id-f_21469492/
.”Cooking Tripod” novelty egg cruet in the form of a lashed cooking tripod, with a silver rope fastening the egg cups in place and a spoon attached to each leg. 1894. Victorian. English, made in Sheffield. Sterling silver. Maker mark’s: Hallmarked in Sheffield in 1894 by John Round and Son, Ltd. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/victorian-novelty-cooking-tripod-sterling-silver-egg-cruet-from-1894/id-f_18886372/?gclid=CjwKCAiA1eKBBhBZEiwAX3gql6inqs0WZR86XOiIifLPiTr1H_weT5MUtSh0jwGoT9NJaoog84D5dRoC1pQQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=a
Sterling silver egg cruet with silver gilt egg cups that stand on a hexagonal star point frame with floral engraving throughout. The frame having decorative scroll feet and a heart shaped handle. 1845. Gothic Revival. Victorian. Made in London, England. Sterling silver and silver gilt. Joseph Angell and Son, maker. Maker’s marks: hallmarked in London in 1845 for Joseph Angell and Son. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/gothic-revival-antique-sterling-silver-egg-cruet-hallmarked-1845/id-f_16494952/?gclid=CjwKCAiA1eKBBhBZEiwAX3gql1d8N1T5AE85QEvVzGt_n5fwREtnt7b0G44G4UPcLvjURR5K1

Sterling silver bowls, all of them on the big end of things. British. Edward Barnard and Sons, maker. Not around anymore but they created the the Lily font that was commissioned by Queen Victoria for the christening of her first born in 1840 that has been used by the royal family ever since.

Lily font. Christening font with a bowl in the form of an expanded flower with a border of water-lilies and leaves; stem formed of leaves, flanked at the base by three seated cherubs playing lyres upon a circular plinth with coats of arms and supporters.1840-1841. English. Silver-gilt. Commissioned by Queen Victoria. Image © Royal Collection Trust. Fair use license. via https://www.rct.uk/collection/31741/the-lily-font
Two-handled bowl with cylindrical ivory handles, the rim with applied notched border. 1937. Art Deco. English. Silver. Retail stamp for Harrods. Sold by Bonham’s on 2018. Image .© Purely Silver 2006 – 2020. Fair use license. via https://purelysilver.info/edward-barnard-sons/
Bowl with decorations applied by a very precise hand. 1873. English. Silver. Provided with a multitude of hallmarks. Image © 2021 Catawiki. Fair use license. via https://www.catawiki.com/l/19139955-silver-bowl-barnard-sons-ltd-london-1873

Silver wine trolleys. Just the thing if the sommelier just resigned and the butler can’t fill in.

Wine serving trolley with two bowls atop the handled cart. ca. 1920. English. Silver plate. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/97889804_english-silverplate-wine-serving-trolley
Wine trolley formed as a chariot, the sides with beaded borders above applied and engraved grapevine. The reverse engraved with Bacchus seated on a barrel engraved with the initials “AM” and raising a glass, all raised on two large back wheels decorated wtih flowers and foliage and centered with lion marks. Small front wheel on fixed double-scroll axel headed by an open-mouthed lion head and a twisted strap handle. ca. 1885. French. Silver. Maker’s marks: The body with a maker’s mark and French control mark. Front axel with a French control mark. Made in Paris by Fray Fils. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2010/19th-century-furniture-sculpture-ceramics-silver-and-works-of-art-n08627/lot.36.html
Silver plated wine trolley with two cut-glass decanters. 19th c. English. Maker not known. Image © 2021 Heritage Auctions. Fair use license. via https://fineart.ha.com/itm/silver-and-vertu/hollowware/an-english-silver-plated-wine-trolley-with-two-cut-glass-decanters-19th-century14-h-x-16-3-4-w-x-6-3-8-d-inches-356-x-4-total-/a/5281-61832.s
Wine trolley adorned with a grapevine motif. ca. 1890. French. Silver plate over bronze. Christofle, maker. Maker’s marks for “CHRFISTOFLE”. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sheffield-silverplate/christofle-silver-plate-wine-trolley/id-f_11377261/

Silver by Emanuele Caber of Milan. ca. 1820-1850, all with animals incorporated in the design.

Pair of silver candlesticks decorated with monkeys. Circular base with a border decorated with a frieze of water leaves and laurel leaves. Stem topped by a seated monkey wearing an Egyptian style headdress and holding a pineapple on its head with both hands. Loaded bases. Foot rim engraved “MH”. ca. 1820. Made in Milan, Italy. Silver. Emanuele Caber, silverworker. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/style-orfevrerie-et-objets-de-vertu/an-italian-pair-of-silver-candlesticks-with
Pair of silver salt boxes made as two cups supported by swans with a round base on zoomorphic feet. 1825-1850. Made in Milan, Italy. Emanuele Caber, silverworker. Maker’s marks: Punches: starry world, plow, silversmith’s mark under the sign of the deer. Image © 2000-2018 arsvalue.com. Fair use license. via https://www.arsvalue.com/it/lotti/77985/coppia-di-saliere-in-argento-milano-emanuele-caber-secondo-quarto-del-xix
Silver coffee pot with an ogive body resting on a base with high grooves and the ovoli frame repeated on the neck. Large beak/spout with the final part modeled as a dog’s head. Decorated with a figure of Mercury made in bas relief. Hinged lid with a swan finial. Wooden handle with silver attachments depicting volutes alt. ca. 1840. Made in Milan, Italy. Silver. Emanuel Caber, silverworker. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lot/lot-interessante-caffettiera-in-argento-milano-1840-ca-1963369/?

Antique cow creamers in various materials, one with its own calf and another with its own fly.

Creamer realistically modeled in the form of a cow. Plain body embellished with details reproducing the fine details of the cow’s facial and anatomical features, including a hinged cover surmounted with an impressive cast and applied finial realistically modeled as a fly. Loop handle modeled as a cow’s tail. 1898. Victorian. English, made in London. Cast silver. Maurice Freeman, maker. Maker’s marks: full hallmarks struck to the underside and part hallmarks struck to the interior of the cover. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/serving-pieces/1898-antique-victorian-sterling-silver-cow-creamer/id-f_19027152/
Whieldon-type cow and calf creamer with cover. Rectangular scalloped shaped base with a floral knob. 1760s. British. Ceramic. Label for Boswell and Ward, London on the underside. Image © polkadotantiques.com. Fair use license. via http://www.polkadotantiques.com/cow-creamers-1

 Cow creamer with simple figuring and a naive expressive face. The flap with a bee on the cow’s back lifts to fill the jug with cream which is poured out of the cow’s mouth. ca. 1920. Continental, probably made in the Netherlands. Silver. Maker’s marks: marked on the body underneath the flap with continental maker’s marks. Image © Wax Antiques, London. Fair use license. via https://www.waxantiques.com/antique-continental-silver-cow-creamer.html
Cow creamer, ceramic with a floral pattern and horns which are pointing upwards and out. ca. 1900. Possibly European. No marks. Image © Cynthia Findlay Antiques, Toronto. Fair use license. via https://www.cynthiafindlay.com/decor-and-dining/collectibles/cow-creamers/antique-cow-creamer.html

Pieces in wonderful enameled colors. Guttorm Gagnes of Norway, designer. Gagnes designed for David Andersen from 1927 to 1952 and then did freelance design work.





Vase. 1923-1935. Norwegian. Enameled silver. ID#NMK.2005.0488, Cc0 License 4.0. Collections of the Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo. via https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/NMK.2005.0488
Spoon. 20th c. Norwegian. Gold-plated silver with guilloche and mirror enamel. ID# NMK.2014.0430. Designed by Gagnes for David Andersen. Cc0 Licence 4.0. via https://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/samlingen/objekt/NMK.2014.0430

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

Silver aquamanile, ewers modeled as animals or humans. Various countries and makers. All fun.

Aquamanile in the motif of a duck with engraved feathers and a thin belt and a handle modeled as a dragon with two intertwined serpents grasping the back of the duck’s head. Yellow glass eyes and crest. ca. 1800. Austro-Hungarian. Silver with yellow glass. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/style-orfevrerie-et-objets-de-vertu/an-austrian-hungarian-silver-aquamanile-circa-1880
Pair of silver aquamaniles modeled as standing lions wearing crowns with spots formed as protuding tongues. 19th c. Silver. Spanish Colonial, probably made in Peru. Apparently unmarked. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-pair-of-spanish-colonial-silver-aquamaniles-6135757-details.aspx
1600 Silver-gilt war elephant aquamanile with a removable plate on the head, two sinks at the trunk and the tail serving as a handle. The design based on the story of Hannibal who crossed the Alps with elephants. 1600. Made in Nuremburg, Germany. Silver-gilt. Christoph Jamnitzer gold worker (1563-1618). Photo © Karen Bartsch, Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin. Fair use license. via https://www.design-is-fine.org/post/105696205539/christoph-jamnitzer-aquamanile-in-the-form-of-an

Brooches for when Halley’s Comet comes back to visit. Some of them are paste, others are silver and gold set with precious and semi precious stones. All are terrific. 1830s or later as it came by in 1835. 19th century.

Brooch. 19th c. Maker not known. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/finch-cos-cabinet-curiosities/seventeen-gem-set-halleys-comet-brooches-19th-century-65/102622
Brooch. 19th c. Maker not known. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/finch-cos-cabinet-curiosities/seventeen-gem-set-halleys-comet-brooches-19th-century-65/102622


Brooch. 19th c. Maker not known. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/finch-cos-cabinet-curiosities/seventeen-gem-set-halleys-comet-brooches-19th-century-65/102622
Brooch. 19th c. Maker not known. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/finch-cos-cabinet-curiosities/seventeen-gem-set-halleys-comet-brooches-19th-century-65/102622

Coconuts mounted in silver to drink from that will add a bit of panache to your next dinner party. From that point in time when coconuts were new and exotic. Not thinking anyone would pair them with sterling silver nowadays.

Silver mounted coconut cup with a circular base resting on four turtles, with dolphins and shells. Stem shaped as a siren on a dolphin holding shells and the coconut shell body shaped as a fish. Spout cast as a monkey’s head and a finial shaped like Neptune. 1607. Dutch, made in Amsterdam. Silver and coconut shell. Frederiks Andries, silversmith. Maker’s marks: Maker’s mark of Frederiks Andries. Image © Koopman Rare Art, London. Fair use license. via https://www.koopman.art/objdetail/834021/0/an-exceptional-dutch-silver-mounted
Silver mounted coconut cup and cover. Oval shaped coconut bowl with strap mounts engraved with foliage and geometric motifs, the coconut carved with four portraits depicting Emperor Peter I, Empress Elizaveta Petrovna, Grand Duchess Anna Leopoldovna and Duke Anthony Ulrich of Brunswick. The cover being similarly decorated and surmounted by a pine cone finial. Domed spreading circular foot engraved in Russian with the inscription “Wine gladdens man’s heart“. Gilt interior. 1799. Made in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Silver, coconut and gilding. Maker’s marks: marked on the foot. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020, Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-silver-mounted-coconut-cup-and-cover-st-5953017-details.aspx

Plain coconut bowl with three silver straps supporting the rim with a band of engraved foliage. Plain domed foot with a baluster stem. Engraved with the initial “H” over “GM.” Probably 17th c. Not marked. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-silver-mounted-coconut-cup-apparently-unmarked-probably-17th-5520652-details.aspx