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Georgian Silver Butterknife with Mother of Pearl Handle - Ledsam, Vale, Wheeler, Nacre     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11285
Period: George IV
Year: 1829
Silversmith: Ledsam, Vale & Wheeler
Place: Birmingham
Price: $ 190.00
Weight: 41 grams
Dimensions: 19.5 cm
Condition: Excellent, handle securely fastened, mop perfect, no chips.

Description: An interesting and well travelled Georgian silver butterknife, with carved mother of pearl (nacre) handle. The butterknife has a scimitar shaped solid silver blade, with irregular wavy top, engraved with reeded bands and fan decoration. The handle has carved beads, bands and a fan like structure, this gives a good grip and pleasant feel in the hand. A silver ferrule covers the join between blade and handle. The knife is clearly hallmarked with 5 Birmingham hallmarks, including makers mark LV&W for Ledsam, Vale and Wheeler, this mark used between 1826 (when Wheeler joined Ledsam & Vale) and 1834. The blade also has 3 additional hallmarks, the first a shaped V, a Dutch duty mark for foreign silver used between 1814 -1831, so the knife entered the Netherlands shortly after it was made. The other 2 hallmarks are French, Minerva facing right (guarantee mark for foreign silver) and the Bigorne (beak-iron) mark with insect, used as a counter mark between 1819 and 1838, all these marks are clear. the book "Pocket Fruit Knives" by Simon Moore, page 132 describes "Pearl Cutting" as a profession who specialized in carving nacre knife handles (mother of pearl) with specialists linked to specific silversmiths, in the early 19th century nacre was cheap, easy to carve and durable.
Georgian Silver Butterknife with Mother of Pearl Handle - Ledsam, Vale, Wheeler, Nacre
Georgian silver butterknife MOP handle

Georgian Silver Butterknife with Mother of Pearl Handle - Ledsam, Vale, Wheeler, Nacre
Antique silver butter knife back

Georgian Silver Butterknife with Mother of Pearl Handle - Ledsam, Vale, Wheeler, Nacre
Mother of Pearl MOP Nacre handle

Georgian Silver Butterknife with Mother of Pearl Handle - Ledsam, Vale, Wheeler, Nacre
Silver ferrule

Georgian Silver Butterknife with Mother of Pearl Handle - Ledsam, Vale, Wheeler, Nacre
Ledsam Vale Wheeler Birmingham 1829 silver hallmarks, Dutch tax hallmark

Georgian Silver Butterknife with Mother of Pearl Handle - Ledsam, Vale, Wheeler, Nacre
Silver hallmarks, French Bigorne (beak iron) insect counter mark at base

Georgian Silver Butterknife with Mother of Pearl Handle - Ledsam, Vale, Wheeler, Nacre
Georgian silver butterknife MOP handle, French Minerva hallmark on blade

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