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Strong silver section set to shine at Cuttlestones’ May Fine Art Sale

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A hallmarked silver replica of the
Elizabethan ‘Holms Cup’
Cuttlestones’ MD and Head Auctioneer, Ben
Gamble, admires some of the lots in the strong
silver section of the forthcoming Friday, 27th
May Fine Art Sale

An exceptionally strong silver section, consisting of over 50 individual lots, looks set to perform at Staffordshire auction house Cuttlestones’ Friday, 27th May Fine Art Sale. The section covers a wide variety of items ranging from flatware, tea sets and serving trays through to more unusual items, including novelty pieces.

Of the section, three lots in particular stand out, including a hallmarked silver replica of the Elizabethan ‘Holms Cup’ the original of which, also known as the ‘Tudor Cup’, achieved the then record price for silver when it sold at Christies in 1901 for £4100. While the original coronation cup, which now resides in the Royal Museum of Scotland, was created in 1521 this later copy is hallmarked for Chester 1903 yet carries all the detail of the Elizabethan version; including the Latin inscription and the font-shaped bowl sitting on a lobbed & stepped footed base. A later addition to this particular piece appears to be a shield with anthemiol crest. Carrying the maker’s mark for makers mark for George Nathan & Ridley Hayes it weighs approx 315g and is estimated to achieve in the region of £180 – £220.

Another lot of note is a silver pepperette in the form of a chick. Standing 4cm high with fine detail and stamped ‘930 sterling’ to the base, it carries an estimate of £50 – £80. Meanwhile, a Victorian Hallmarked Ladies Chatalaine – a device that was clipped to the waistband or belt of a dress for holding such items as the mistress of the house would need with her throughout the day – carrying a number of components and marked for London 1888 with the maker’s mark of CM (possibly Charles Mappin) is expected to achieve £300 – £500.

This selection just scratches the surface of what represents a very strong silver section, as Cuttlestones’ MD and head auctioneer, Ben Gamble, explains:

Silver always performs well and the size and diversity of section in our forthcoming Fine Art Sale offers something for everyone – including specialist collectors of novelty items. We’re expecting interest to be exceptionally high so strongly recommend that potential bidders make the most of the opportunity to view items on Thursday, 26th May between 10am – 7pm before the sale on the Friday, to ensure they have time to examine lots before the auction starts.”

The Friday, 27th May Fine Art Sale will take place at Cuttlestones’ auction rooms off Pinfold Lane, Penkridge and the catalogue will be available to view at from Friday, 20th May. For those unable to attend the sale in person, Cuttlestones takes commission and telephone bids in addition to offering a live online bidding facility via

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