Fabulous 1898 Silver & Enamel Cricket Vesta Case By Saunders & Shepherd For Sale
This is an absolutely fabulous,fully hallmarked, silver and enamelled 1898 engine turned, vesta case depicting a cricketer by Cornelius Saunders & Francis Shepherd. It's a truely stunning piece ofSaunders & Shepherdworkmanship, fully hallmarked .... 'Saunders & Shepherd' with star in between their initials, Birmingham,and the date letterY for 1898 ....quite rare!!!!!
Considering thisenamelled vesta caseis115 yearsold it's in fantastic original condition, with no splits, justsome very light wear from cleaning over the years,commensurate with it's age. This is as good as it gets with regards toSaunders & Shepherd,it's all original and undamaged, how manyof these have you seen, still intact.
I've only got one, once it's gone .... it's gone. You might never findanother one this good, and if there's one thing I've learned about antiques, when items are of quality and extremelyrare he who hesitates usually loses out.
If your a Vesta collector then this is a must have, quality piece to add to any collection, it's so unusual, I've never seen a vesta caselike this before, a real talking point amongst your friends, and the depiction, well what can I say ...... I think it speaks for itself .... trust me, whoever buys this, will not be disappointed.
Saunders and Shepherd ....
Founded in London by Cornelius Desormeaux Saunders and James Francis Hollings Shepherd. The firm first specialised in mounted mourning jewellery, using Whitby Jet. The company experienced much success, setting up offices in India, Canada and Australia.
The firm moved to Bartlett’s building, near Fetter Lane in Holborn, London, where they stayed until 1902. In 1889 Saunders and Shepherd invented the self-closing bracelet, and patent the one-piece collar stud. In 1905, Saunders & Shepherd expanded their officesto encompass “modern machinery driven by electric motors. The company were keeping up with modern technologies. A branch opened in Glasgow andon Vyse Street,in the Jewellery QuarterBirmingham. The company exhibited at ‘The Festival of Britain’ in London. Saunders and Shepherd becameBritish agents for Corum, the Swiss watch-makers. The company was commissioned to produce the gold watch which was presented to HRH The Queen. Saunders and Shepherd were also commissioned to make the Princess of Wales Diana Spencer’s 20th birthday present, a gold bracelet, which she wore on her wedding day. Saunders and Shepherd have just celebrated their 125th anniversary of the firm at Goldsmith’s Hall, London.
Dimensions as follows ......
Length:5.2 cm or 2.2 inches
Width:4.5 cm or 1.75 inches
Weight:1.5 ozs or 45grams
Arare vesta casewith stunningdetailed decoration,a realmust for anyserious silver collectorand would add value to any silver collection. ThisVestais only going to appreciate in value in years to come, novelty victorian enamelled vesta cases have become so collectable and are appreciating in value. Items this good, don't come up for salevery often.
This wouldmake an ideal gift.
TheVesta willbe sent out recorded special delivery with insurance.
Please note all my international postal charges are only estimates andwill be confirmed and altered upor down when I knowthe destinationitems arebeing sent to, please also note I only charge actual costs of postage and packaging with insurance...no more.
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