Rare antique sterling silver Argyll or Argyle by London registered silversmith Joseph Clarke 1896.
This Victorian gravy warmer is in fine condition, good gauge of silver and weight. It comprises of a bulbous formed body with base rim, beaded formed perimeter to outer rim aperture. Domed raised lid with central silver knop and ivory insulator. Internal central column chamber with circular lid topped with ball knop. The handle is swan neck in form with cane wrapping, pattern detailing to platting of cane. Tapered spout to Argyll with beak spout end. Assay marks to body by London assay office identifying maker, sterling silver and London assay office with date letter (a) for 1896. The Argyll lid carries the same set of assay marks with the knop bolt marked with the lion passant.
This sterling silver Victorian Argyll is in lovely condition for age. The body is free from dents or deep scratches, some fine surface marks. The Argyll sits flat and level, the lid sits nicely into a recess along with the internal column lid, the internal chamber being secure to the base. The ivory knop has been repaired due to split, repaired by Tarvier is now in very good condition. The cane handle wrapping is in good condition, tight and free from splits and loose ends. The assay marks to the body are rubbed, date letter and leopards head more than the other marks, all identifiable, please see images. The lid assay marks are all crisp and clear along with the knop bolt assay mark.
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