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Victorian Sheffield Silverplated Nautilus Spoon Warmer - C. Dresser For Sale
SHEFFIELD SILVER PLATED
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We can only assume that this large and superbly fashioned Sheffield silver plated Victorian nautilus spoon warmer was designed by the famous Christopher Dresser and made by the equally renowned silversmiths Atkin Brothers. The ‘C.D’ at the end of the makers marks does rather imply this and it is known that Dresser designs were sometimes marked with just his initials. We have not come across them on an Atkins piece before, and certainly Atkins marks do not usually have such initials at the end of the stamp (please see image).
The piece is raised on a good heavy decorative foot depicting a rocky outcrop complete with the odd shell. To the upper is a hinged lid to allow filling. It is definitely of the persuasion of the Aesthetic movement with in which Dresser was decidedly involved, although there have been many designs of a similar persuasion since. Today he is usually associated with his rather more outlandish, rather stark and geometrical concepts especially in recent times especially with many being the inspiration for contemporary Alessi pieces. However it is true to say that looking at his fabric designs he had a definite passion for inspiration from the natural world.
It is in reasonable condition for its age but there is some usewear to the silver cover. This is apparent to the linear decoration to the body and some to the hinge to the upper. The rocky outcrop is also rubbed but very effectively so adding rather than detracting to the aesthetics of the piece. There is a slight deviation to one corner of the lid and two fairly large dimples to the body, as can be discerned in the images. These could most probably be pushed out successfully as there are no splits or deep creases. There is the usual and expected evidence of the piece having contained the essential hot water to the inner.
Despite the above the piece still looks super on display and is still fit for purpose.
Makers marks: ‘A’ ‘B’ cog logo, ‘S’, ‘1950’ ‘C.D’
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Victorian Sheffield Silverplated Nautilus Spoon Warmer - C. Dresser: $355