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Sheffield 1908 Very Rare And Unusual Solid Silver Art Nouveau Pierced Presentation Trowel With Carved Handle By Famed Maker Harry Atkin.


£995 | $1,325 USD | €1,127 EUR
Item Number: SA162852
Date of manufacture: 1900
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Serpentine Antiques
This antique has been viewed 56 times in the past month with the most views from Singapore.


A most unusual Sheffield 1908 English hallmarked solid silver Art Nouveau sinuous pierced and floral presentation trowel with lovely carved ivory handle, by renowned and collectable maker Harry Atkin.
It is hallmarked on both the trowel itself and the handle ferrule.
The original fitted velvet and satin lined case also bears the retail mark of The Liverpool Goldsmiths Company of 66, Bold St.
It is already very difficult to find such trowels with their original cases. However, the design of this particular trowel, is even more rare to find in that it is pierced with flowing sinuous lines and engraved in a fan shape, with a delicate foliate bright cut design on the front, continuing proud around the border, and plain on the back. A beautiful cast acanthus leaf stands proud at the handle end of the blade and connects the design to the generous carved handle, also carved in a similar fan shape at the top of the stem. Currently not personalised, it is suitable for a personal engraving if desired. I have never seen another of this design. It is also the only pierced or reticulated trowel I have ever seen.
Originally used in the building trade to present at the important occasion of a topping out ceremony when the building was completed. They were normally appropriately inscribed to record the event. This one has not yet been personalised, and could be if you wish.
Today, such trowels are often used to serve cakes, pies and other desserts, in addition to still being used for their original use. One can no longer buy new versions of these trowels to equal the antique craftsmanship.
Size-10.5 inches long by 3 3/8 inches wide.
Weight-180 grams. With case for shipping-650 grams.
A most impressive piece, and a fabulous talking point to own or to give as a treasured gift.
Both trowel, handle and case, are in very good condition, with just some expected fine surface scratching to the blade.
It is a work of art.
Many other solid silver trowels with historical engravings, some including cases, are also in stock, but not listed. Please enquire for details and photos of others available.
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This piece is located in the USA, and can be shipped within the country to most US states.
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Internal Ref: 6219


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1900.


Height = 27 cm (10.6")
Width = 8.6 cm (3.4")
Depth = 4 cm (1.6")

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