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Circa 1894 Cased Hall Marked “GMJ” British Sterling
Fan Shape Footed Butter Dish with Matching Serving Knife
A fine and beautiful two piece sterling silver set in a royal blue velvet interior - leather covered custom case with full and proper hallmarks on the butter dish and serving knife.
Josiah Williams & Co -George Maudsley Jackson- St Augustine's Parade, Bristol - London 1894 hallmark
The firm was the largest manufacturing silversmiths in England outside London, Birmingham and Sheffield. The activity was established in Bristol by William Woodman at the beginning of the 19th century (pieces with his mark date from c. 1818 to c. 1838).
The business was succeeded by Robert Williams (marks c. 1832-1854). In c. 1845 James Williams took in partnership his two sons James and Josiah Williams, trading as Robert Williams & Sons until his retirement in 1853.
In 1855 the firm, listed as James & Josiah Wiliams, was active at 14 Small Street, Bristol as manufacturers of silver and electroplated goods. In 1860 the firm had temporary premises in London, at 79 White Lion Street, Pentonville, while from 1877 they were active at 18 St. Augustine's Parade, Bristol.
After the retirement of James Williams (c. 1877) the partners of the firm (now Josiah Williams & Co) were Josiah Williams and George Maudsley Jackson (until 1879 when also Josiah Williams retired from the business).
Josiah Williams production was mainly responsible for keeping the Exeter Assay Office busy during this period.
After the closure of the office (1882) the hallmarking was transferred to London (where George Maudsley Jackson entered his mark GJM). Price $300
Antique Circular Footed English Silver Plate Platter ~12" Diameter Engraved "Victoria Auction Hall / Christmas Show & Sales 1884"
The plate is delicately engraved with filigree and a beaded perimeter and three fluted feet. Made in 1870's by Roberts & Belk of Sheffield. The engraved center area states "Second Prize / For Best Fat Heifers / Gained by / John Bullion Esq. / Byres". Plate is properly hallmarked and was purchased from Marshall Field & Co / Antique Silver Co. Comes with purchase documentation. A fine / unique silver plate is strong condition. Price $200
1977 Hall Marked British Sterling Silver Gallery Style Oval Tray
Tray is 18 1/4 " x 13 1/4" with an undulating ~ 1/4" high open lattice side wall with end handles, trimmed with delicate fluted decoration on the top and bottom of the oval wall. The tray contains 48~Troy Ounces of silver and was made in Sheffield England. It was purchased by a British doctor for his brother for the Queen Elizabeth 25 Jubilee (25 Year) Anniversary. A fine piece of sterling silver in unused condition. Price $1500