Antique Victorian sterling silver ewer by Frederick Elkington 1871.
Beautiful antique silver ewer in baluster form, exquisitely hand engraved depicting fern detailing. Central to the front is a hand engraved monogram with an engraved crest above. Two engraved ferns wrapped eighter side. The rest of the silver ewer is hand engraved with fern leaves of varying types with fine engraved shading, enhancing the quality of the engravers workmanship. The silver ewer has a hinged lid which has a curled lip at the tip to allow access for opening. The ewer is gilt to the inside with the spout having a beaded perimeter to the underside edge of the neck. The handle of the ewer has a leaf capping scroll, with the handle form being of swan neck design. Pedestal circular foot is raised with perimeter beading and engraved with fern detailing to rim. Assay office marks are struck to the top side of the silver ewer neck and the inside of the hinged lid.
The ewer is in lovely condition with one minor small indent to the back of the handle, of little detriment. Fine surface marks representative of age, without repairs or major marks other than handle as mentioned. The ewer sits flat and level, the engraving is crisp and showing good shading detail. Assay marks are slightly rubbed but legible. The gilt is worn to the interior with traces to the lid outside top, the ewer hinge is good and the lid is without play.
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