Antique Victorian sterling silver sugar bowl by Benjamin Preston 1844.
Sterling silver gilt sugar bowl from the early Victorian period. Good size and gauge sugar bowl, double handle design, of circular form with eight panels. Each panel is elaborately engraved with scrolls and flora with a chased bouquet to four panels. Two of the eight panel engraved with cartouche, one with floral design, and the other with a lion crest. Four scrolls top the sugar bowl perimeter with matching scroll feet to base. Light detailing to handles of sugar bowl with ornate ferrules to top connections. The base of the sugar bowl is hallmarked with a full set of London assay marks, with makers mark also struck to one of the side panels. The base assay marks consist of makers, date letter, passant mark, London office mark and the duty mark of Queen Victoria.
Good sized silver sugar bowl, good weight and gauge. The interior good with light marking, gilt to interior rubbed slightly. The sugar bowl sits flat and level with surface marks representative of age, small corner marks to panel edges with pinhead indentations. Engraving is partially rubbed with loss to some line engraving, no major dents, without large dents or deep scratches.
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