Novelty silver cruet sets, all of these with animal themes. Different times but all fun.

Pair of Novelty silver cruets with glass liners. The peppers and mustard pots modeled as riding boots, the salt as upturned jockey caps, the handles as spurs, and the spoons as riding crops. 1871. English. Made in London by Richard Hodd and Son. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26963/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Novelty silver plate cruet salt and pepperpot and egg cruet set with all four piece standing on a silver-plated tray with a central handle and reeded edge. The salt and pepper pots which have lids that screw of so they can be refilled are in the form of baby chicks with the two egg cups modeled as broken egg shells standing on chicken legs. Undated. Maker not known. Image © 1995-2021 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/324001949513
Cast novelty table cruet in silver-plate with glass liners modeled as a dog standing on a naturalistic base with the open salt in his mouth in the form of a handled basket with the mustard and pepper held on either side of the dog. Registered on April 4, 1871. Victorian. Cast and signed by the manufacturer on the underside. Maker’s marks: diamond shaped English registration mark on the base. Image © Antiques Atlas, 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.antiques-atlas.com/antique/novelty__figural_dog_cruet_in_silver_plate_-_1871/as584a1768

Decorated spoons in enamel and silver decorated in ice cream colors from just a little while back. English.

Set of six silver spoons with guilloché enamel decoration to the outside of their bowls with each adorned with enamel in a different color, and the end of the handle of each with a ball of a conforming color affixed. 1933. Made in Birmingham, England. Turner and Simpson, silversmiths. Maker’s marks: hallmark for the silversmith; Birmingham date mark of 1933. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/set-of-six-birmingham-coloured-enamel-silver-spoons/id-f_24066812/#skuId=f_24066812S1
Set of six cymric silver and enamel coffeespoons, each with tendrils issuing from the bowl forming the handle with stylized floral decoration in blue and green enamel to the terminal end in an original Liberty and Company fitted leather case. 1904-1905. British. Archibald Knox (1864-1933), designer for Liberty of London. Maker’s marks: (lion passant), (anchor), “Liberty and Company, e, CYMRIC”. Image © 2021 Heritage Auctions. Fair use license. via https://fineart.ha.com/itm/silver-and-vertu/flatware/a-set-of-six-liberty-and-co-cymric-silver-and-enameled-coffee-spoons-designed-by-archibald-knox-/a/5212-75041.s


Set of six silver and enamel teaspoons each with a green and blue enameled design on the handle that come in their original fitted case. 1927. Made in Birmingham, England. Liberty and Company, makers. Image © 2021 John Bull (Antiques) Ltd. Fair use license. via https://antique-silver.co.uk/john-bull-antiques/arts-crafts-art-nouveau-art-deco/6-liberty-co-arts-crafts-silver-enamel-tea-spoon-teaspoon-set-birm-1927

Mirror frames that were old in 1836, one coming with its own furniture. Not your average Ikea kind of thing. Plates from Samuel Rush Meyrick’s “Specimens of Ancient Furniture.” Published in London by William Pickering. The illustrations drawn by Henry Shaw from existing authorities.

“Looking glass, of the time of Queen Elizabeth, in the possession of Sir Samuel Meyrick, Goodrich Court, Hertfordshire.” Page 26. Drawn and engraved by Henry Shaw. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/specimensofancie00meyr/page/26/mode/1up
“French looking glass, from Willimen’s ‘Monuments français inédits.” Page 39. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/specimensofancie00meyr/page/n39/mode/1up
“Silver furniture, at Knole Park, a seat of the Countess of Plymouth, date the time of James II.” page 41. Drawn and engraved by Henry Shaw. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/specimensofancie00meyr/page/n41/mode/1up

Antique silver windmill cups, with sails to spin if you get bored.

Bell-shaped silver windmill cup, the base engraved with three scrolling foliate cartouches, two enclosing sailboats, and the third with Venus holding a ribbon, all above a Dutch rhyme that reads ” Wanneer ‘t Fortuin U Dient Sal U geen Vriend Onbreeken, Maaralst Fortuin Ukeerdt Dan Is U Vriend Geweeken“. The detachable upper section has two parts. The first part being drum-shaped and engraved with slated reeding. The second being in the form of a windmill with a similar engraving, clock dial, and revolving sails, fitted with a pipe and ladder mounted with two millers carrying sacks on their heads while a third emerges from a doorway. 1724-1732. Made in Zierikzee in the Netherlands. Maker not known. The rim of the cup and the pipe both being engraved “From the sale of H.R.H. the Duke of Sussex’s effects, 1843.” Unknown maker’s mark. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/the-marianne-l-dreesmann-van-der-spek-collection/a-dutch-silver-windmill-cup-unknown-makers-mark
Silver windmill cup, the cup engraved with flowers and foliage above flower bandwork, the lower rim of the cup with the engraved letters “L.B.H.B.” and the stem with thee cast fish supporting the realistically-shaped windmill with. on the back, a blowpipe, stairs and a clock whereby the hands are moving when the sails are in motion. You blow into the blowpipe to make the sails spin around. 1611. Made in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Maker’s marks: Maker’s mark beaker in shield. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-1866555
Silver windmill cup, the bowl engraved with foliage strapwork and four applied grotesque masks with drop rings and the stem cast as a windmill. 1639. Made in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. Marked near the rim with an unidentified indistinct maker’s mark. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5993495

Jugendstil brooches, all of these from a recent auction catalogue from Auktionshaus im Kinsky GmbH in Vienna. Made in Austria and Germany.

Brooch in embossed silver and coral. 1925. Jugendstil. Made in Vienna. Maker’s marks: mark for Hoopoe and an illegible maker’s mark. Image © lotsearch.net and Auktionshaus im Kinsky GmbH. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.net/lot/brosche-wien-um-1925-silber-getrieben-koralle-seitlich-gemarkt-53907422?utm_source=auction-newsletter-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Auktionsnewsletter&utm_content=Email:%20Auktionsnewsletter&page=2
Brooch in embossed silver and moss agate. ca. 1900. Jugendstil. Made in Vienna, probably by Anton Pribyl. Maker’s marks: marked on the side with a mark for “Greyhound.” Badly legible master’s mark “AP” probably for Anton Pribyl, inspection mark. Image © lotsearch.net and Auktionshaus im Kinsky GmbH. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.net/lot/brosche-wien-um-1900-silber-getrieben-moosachat-seitlich-gemarkt-53907427?utm_source=auction-newsletter-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Auktionsnewsletter&utm_content=Email:%20Auktionsnewsletter&page=2
Brooch in chased silver, pearls and lapis lazuli with enamel. ca. 1909. Jugendstil. Probably made in Germany. Maker’s marks: marked on the back: silver fineness “975”; illegible maker’s mark. Image © lotsearch.net and Auktionshaus im Kinsky GmbH. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.net/lot/brosche-wohl-deutschland-um-1909-silber-getrieben-perlen-lapislazuli-53907429?utm_source=auction-newsletter-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Auktionsnewsletter&utm_content=Email:%20Auktionsnewsletter&page=2

Silver centerpieces by Alphonse Debain who came from a family of French silversmiths. The first Debain hallmark was registered in 1847 by Alphonse’s grandfather with Alphonse succeeding from his father in the family business in 1883.

Rotunda form silver and marble centerpiece comprising three elements with six silver Corinthian capitals and bases on fluted marble columns mounted on a stepped circular base enclosing an altar with silver mounts and a bronze flame, the entablature with an open-work frieze of folate scrolls. Removable domed cover with pierced diaper-work surmounted by an urn-shaped finial with flame. The centerpiece flanked by two separate plateaux with gallery. 1878. French. Silver with marble columns and a bronze flame. Made by Alphonse Debain. Maker’s marks: Mark for A. Debain and hallmarked on the done, altar rim and plateaux “A D/ 1878 export mark.” Image  © 2021 Bidsquare Inc. and New York City Estate Auction. Fair use license. via https://www.bidsquare.com/online-auctions/showplace/a-debain-french-silver-marble-centerpiece-19th-c-1507175
Silver centerpiece in the style of Louis XV. ca. 1900. French. Alphonse Debain, maker. Maker’s marks: Maker`s mark of Alphonse Debain. Image © 2021 Masterart.com and Koopman Rare Art. Fair use license. via https://www.masterart.com/artworks/8948/alphonse-debain-a-french-silver-louis-xv-style-centrepiece

Silver bowls by London silverworker James Barclay Hennell who died in 1899. Very ornate and only suitable for champagne. I at least wouldn’t dream of filling one of these up with root beer.

Large silver racing trophy bowl with a gilded interior. The body with two cast equine scenes and two drop-ring handles with lion mask brackets, the base with rich floral and scroll decoration. 1879. Victorian. English. Made by James Barclay Hennell for the jeweler J. Heming, Conduit Street, London W. Maker’s marks: marked on the base “J. Heming, Conduit Street, London. W.” Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26979/lot/23/?category=list&length=96&page=1
One of a pair of silver punchbowls with gilded interiors, the exterior of each punch bowl hand chased with medieval battle scenes. 1886. Made in London, England by James Barclay Hennell. Maker’s marks: hallmarked London 1886. Stamped with the initials “JBH.” Image Britannia © 2001-2016. Fair use license. via https://www.silverperfect.com/Inventory/archives/hennellprbowlsdetail.html
Silver bowl with shaped frieze of geometric scrollwork on a textured ground with a vacant escutcheon to either side. 1880. Victorian. Made in London by James Barclay Hennell. Maker’s marks: mark of James Barclay Hennell. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-a-victorian-silver-bowl-5555284/

Centerpieces by Elkington of Birmingham, England in silver and bronze. A pair of snazzy dessert stands, too. But you’ll see, they fit right in. Set a table you’ll have to live up to instead of the other way around.

Silvered bronze centerpiece with silvered bronze figures and chasing on the base and an original glass bowl. 1859. Victorian. Made in Birmingham, England by Elkington, Mason and Company. Maker’s marks: marked to the base. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/centerpieces/elkington-mason-co-rare-important-historic-silvered-bronze-centerpiece/id-f_12625162/?utm_content=condensed&gclid=Cj0KCQjw5PGFBhC2ARIsAIFIMNc65CH7UexSTUc5uw7ym5rU1I0IT1roT0KER1qtKK06mUpEsozwAqUaAnp9EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Pair of sterling silver dessert stands, each of them featuring three gilt figures of Bast (the winged cat) appearing to hold up the central urn shaped column which stands on three clawed feet. Frosted and cut glass dishes. 1873. Victorian. Egyptian Revival. Made in Birmingham, England by Elkington. Maker’s marks hallmarks to the base. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/egyptian-revival-antique-sterling-silver-pair-of-dessert-stands-elkington/id-f_16494102/

Centerpiece in bronze. Shaped bronze base with two entwined palms sheltering two greyhounds or whippets, modeled after Pierre-Jules Menne’s “Two Whippets at Play” and a Villeroy and Boch plate in blue and white ceramic. Early 20th c. British. Made by Elkington of Birmingham, England. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/centerpieces/villeroy-boch-plate-elkington-co-centerpiece-after-pj-mennes-two-whippets/id-f_20456382/#skuId=f_20456382S1

Salt thrones in silver, silver-gilt and champlevé enamel. Created in Imperial Russia, various silverworkers.

Silver-gilt shaped salt throne in shaped circular form with a double hinged cover enameled with a geometric pattern in red, white, blue and green. The sided applied with rectangular plaques, enameled with gryphons and an openwork centerpiece decorated with a gryphon on both sides on a red ground. Raised on four bracket feet. 1877. Made in Moscow, Russia. A. M. Postnikov partnership. Maker’s marks: The hinged covers and underside struck with the maker’s mark, 91 standard. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/russian-works-of-art-faberge-icons/a-silver-gilt-and-champleve-enamel-salt-throne-a-m
Silver and champlevé enamel salt throne, the seat with opaque and translucent polychrome enamel geometric motifs. The front inscribed “Without salt and bread, it is half a dinner,” and the lid with the arms of Ekaterinoslav and Kharkov. The back inscribed with the arms of Voronezh and Rostov flanked by roosters and the interior of the lid inscribed “To His Excellence Samuel Solomonovich Polyakov from the grateful members of the Kozlovo-Voronezhsko-Rostovskaya and Kursko-Kharkovo-Azovskaya railways .” 1879. Russian. Marked Khlebnikov with the Imperial Warrant, Moscow. 88 standard. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/russian-works-of-art-faberge-icons/a-rare-silver-and-champleve-enamel-salt-throne
Silver-gilt and champlevé enamel salt throne of traditional form on four bun feet, the trapezoidal body cast and chased with geometric and pan-Slavic design. The hinged cover draped with a trompe l’oeil napkin with the border finely cast and chased in the form of a traditional izba with pan-Slavic design enameled in red, blue, and turquoise and centering a vacant escutcheon within a cast and chased ribbon-tied laurel wreath. Maker’s marks: Cyrillic “MA” Moscow, 1891. Marked throughout, also with a Soviet mark. Inage © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-5783527

Cigarette, cigar and vesta (matchsafe) cases in silver and other precious materials created in Imperial Russia by Andrei Bragin, a silverworker who had a workshop in Saint Petersburg.

Vesta case in silver with geometric enamel decoration in red, white, green, dark blue, and turquoise. Engraved with Cyrillic initials on the disc-shaped reverse. ca. 1880. Russian. Andrei Bragin, silverworker. Maker’s marks: mark of Andrei Bragin, Saint Petersburg. Image © Christie’s 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-a-russian-silver-and-champleve-enamel-vesta-5341785/


Rectangular jeweled two color gold presentation cigarette case with rounded corners and a cabochon sapphire thumbpiece. The cover centering an Imperial double-headed eagle. The interior being engraved “From H.I.M. The Czar of Russia August 1909” an with a later inscription “Presented to Captain H. G. Adams-Connor, Chief Constable, Isle of Wight, and left by him to his grandson, Lionel Eldred Peter Smith-Gordon./1939.” , Fitted brown leather case stamped in Russian and French “A. D. Ivanov in Saint Petersburg.” 1909. Russian. Andrei Bragin, silverworker. Maker’s marks for Andrei Bragin, Saint Petersburg. Marked inside the cover and base. Image © Christie’s 2021, Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-a-jewelled-two-colour-gold-presentation-cigarette-case-5630483/
Silver gilt and enamel cigar case. 1890s. Russian. Andrei Bragin, silverworker. Maker’s marks: Cyrillic initials A. B. of Andrei Bragin. Assay mark of Saint Petersburg. before 1899. Silver standard: 88 zolotnik. Image © 2021 Ruzhnikov. Fair use license. via https://www.ruzhnikov.com/russian-european-silver/russian-silver-gilt-enamel-cigar-case-2/