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This early meat skewer is hallmarked sterling silver out of London and dates 1760. It is 12 1/8 inches long with a round ridged finger hole with a grooved hilt for better grip tapering to a sharp pointed tip. This skewer bears an animal crest that has become to faint to be clearly made out.
A very traditional utensil of the time period that can be used during these modern times also as a letter opener.
Measures: 12 1/8 inches long.
Marked: R.B for the maker (Richard Binley), lion passant for sterling silver, lion head for George III and the date letter “E” for 1760.
Excellent Condition: The hallmarks are rubbed, there is surface wear and a ripple in the middle and the tip.
This is an ornate serving piece decorated with a pierced rose and a lattice design that could be used for lifting petite pastries. I have seen similar Dutch items but it could also be French.
Marked: on handle, unknown.
Measures: 7 1/4 inches long.
Excellent Condition: Minimal wear.