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ANTIQUE SILVER ANIMALS

We offer a fine range of antique sterling silver animal models. All of our antique silver animals can be purchased online, or from our shop in the London Silver Vaults. You may also be interested in Antique Silver Collectables.

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Antique Victorian sterling silver cast model of a bird originally made by Berthold Muller and carrying import marks for London 1897. Height 10 cms, width 5 cms. Weight 3.5 troy ounces.

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Antique Victorian sterling silver cast model of a bird originally made by Berthold Muller and carrying import marks for London 1897. Height 10 cms, width 5 cms. Weight 3.5 troy ounces.

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A cast Sterling Silver pair of hares, showing two  male hares in realistic traditional poses, finely detailed with hand-chased bodies, made hollow for use as salt and pepper shakers. Made by William Comyns of London in 2016. The dimensions of these fine hand-made sterling silver hare model salt and pepper shakers are length 5 cms (2 inches), height 8.5 cms (3.3 inches), and they weigh a total approx. 230g (7.4 troy ounces).

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A cast Sterling Silver pair of hares, showing two male hares in realistic traditional poses, finely detailed with hand-chased bodies, made hollow for use as salt and pepper shakers. Made by William Comyns of London in 2016. The dimensions of these fine hand-made sterling silver hare model salt and pepper shakers are length 5 cms (2 inches), height 8.5 cms (3.3 inches), and they weigh a total approx. 230g (7.4 troy ounces).

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A Sterling Silver cast model of a Retriever gun dog, having a realistically hand-chased body. Made in London in 1967. The dimensions of this fine hand-made cast sterling silver Retriever dog model are height 10 cms (4 inches), length 14.5 cms (5.75 inches), width 4 cms (1.5 inches), and it weighs approx. 328g (10.6 troy ounces).

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A Sterling Silver cast model of a Retriever gun dog, having a realistically hand-chased body. Made in London in 1967. The dimensions of this fine hand-made cast sterling silver Retriever dog model are height 10 cms (4 inches), length 14.5 cms (5.75 inches), width 4 cms (1.5 inches), and it weighs approx. 328g (10.6 troy ounces).

985

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An Antique Edwardian Sterling Silver model of a Rooster or Cockerel bird, having realistically hand-chased feathers, a pull-off head with garnet eyes, with hinged wings, and cast feet. Imported and having hallmarks for Chester in 1903. The dimensions of this fine hand-made antique silver cockerel rooster model are height 14 cms (5.5 inches), length 13 cms (5 inches), width 5.5 cms (2.25 inches), and it weighs approx. 250g (8 troy ounces).

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An Antique Edwardian Sterling Silver model of a Rooster or Cockerel bird, having realistically hand-chased feathers, a pull-off head with garnet eyes, with hinged wings, and cast feet. Imported and having hallmarks for Chester in 1903. The dimensions of this fine hand-made antique silver cockerel rooster model are height 14 cms (5.5 inches), length 13 cms (5 inches), width 5.5 cms (2.25 inches), and it weighs approx. 250g (8 troy ounces).

985

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A large cast 800 Standard Silver model of a Doberman Pinscher dog, having a realistically hand-chased body. Made in Europe in ca. 1930. The dimensions of this fine hand-made 800 standard silver Doberman Pinscher dog model are height 17 cms (6.75 inches), length 19 cms (7.5 inches), width 5 cms (2.5 inches), and it weighs approx. 430g (13.9 troy ounces).

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A large cast 800 Standard Silver model of a Doberman Pinscher dog, having a realistically hand-chased body. Made in Europe in ca. 1930. The dimensions of this fine hand-made 800 standard silver Doberman Pinscher dog model are height 17 cms (6.75 inches), length 19 cms (7.5 inches), width 5 cms (2.5 inches), and it weighs approx. 430g (13.9 troy ounces).

1,285

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A Sterling Silver large cast model of a partridge bird, having realistically hand-chased feathers, a pull-off head, and hinged wings. Imported and having hallmarks for London in 1925. The dimensions of this fine hand-made silver partridge model are height 16.5 cms (6.5 inches), length 16.5 cms (6.5 inches), width 9 cms (3.5 inches), and it weighs approx. 435g (14 troy ounces).

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A Sterling Silver large cast model of a partridge bird, having realistically hand-chased feathers, a pull-off head, and hinged wings. Imported and having hallmarks for London in 1925. The dimensions of this fine hand-made silver partridge model are height 16.5 cms (6.5 inches), length 16.5 cms (6.5 inches), width 9 cms (3.5 inches), and it weighs approx. 435g (14 troy ounces).

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A Sterling Silver large pair of cast pheasants, showing a male and female bird in realistic traditional poses, finely detailed with hand-chased bodies and tail feathers. Made by C. J. Vanders of London in 2000. The dimensions of these fine hand-made sterling silver pheasants are length of male bird 28 cms (11 inches), height 17 cms (6.75 inches), and they weigh a total approx. 1,945g (63 troy ounces).

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A Sterling Silver large pair of cast pheasants, showing a male and female bird in realistic traditional poses, finely detailed with hand-chased bodies and tail feathers. Made by C. J. Vanders of London in 2000. The dimensions of these fine hand-made sterling silver pheasants are length of male bird 28 cms (11 inches), height 17 cms (6.75 inches), and they weigh a total approx. 1,945g (63 troy ounces).

3,875

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A very handsome Sterling Silver large pair of cast fighting cock cockerels or roosters, showing two male birds in realistic fighting poses, finely detailed with hand-chased bodies and tail feathers. Made by Francis Higgins of London in 1936. The dimensions of these fine hand-made sterling silver fighting roosters or cockerel cocks are length 30.5 cms (12 inches), height 27 cms (10.75 inches), and they weigh a total of approx. 1,240g (40 troy ounces).

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A very handsome Sterling Silver large pair of cast fighting cock cockerels or roosters, showing two male birds in realistic fighting poses, finely detailed with hand-chased bodies and tail feathers. Made by Francis Higgins of London in 1936. The dimensions of these fine hand-made sterling silver fighting roosters or cockerel cocks are length 30.5 cms (12 inches), height 27 cms (10.75 inches), and they weigh a total of approx. 1,240g (40 troy ounces).

4,375

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A Continental 800 standard cast Silver model of a lapwing, having realistically hand-chased feathers and body. Made in ca. 1930 having a 800 standard mark. The dimensions of this fine hand-made silver lapwing bird model are height 16.5 cms (6.5 inches), length 8 cms (3 inches), length 8 cms (3 inches), and it weighs approx. 83g (2.7 troy ounces).

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A Continental 800 standard cast Silver model of a lapwing, having realistically hand-chased feathers and body. Made in ca. 1930 having a 800 standard mark. The dimensions of this fine hand-made silver lapwing bird model are height 16.5 cms (6.5 inches), length 8 cms (3 inches), length 8 cms (3 inches), and it weighs approx. 83g (2.7 troy ounces).

425

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   Sterling silver cast model of a deer made by Carrington & Co., of London in 1966. Length 9.5 cms, height 8.5 cms.

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Sterling silver cast model of a deer made by Carrington & Co., of London in 1966. Length 9.5 cms, height 8.5 cms.

425

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An Antique Continental Silver pair of game birds made in ca. 1900. The dimensions of this fine hand-made pair of silver game birds are length 16 cms (6.25 inches), height 7.5 cms (3 inches), and they weigh a total of approx. 3 troy ounces (90g).

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An Antique Continental Silver pair of game birds made in ca. 1900. The dimensions of this fine hand-made pair of silver game birds are length 16 cms (6.25 inches), height 7.5 cms (3 inches), and they weigh a total of approx. 3 troy ounces (90g).

425

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Sterling silver cast model of a greyhound / whippet, sitting on a marble presentation base. Made in London in 1983. Length of model 9 cms (3.5 inches), height 6.5 cms (2.5 inches).

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Sterling silver cast model of a greyhound / whippet, sitting on a marble presentation base. Made in London in 1983. Length of model 9 cms (3.5 inches), height 6.5 cms (2.5 inches).

465

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A cast Sterling Silver model of a Wren bird, in a realistic traditional pose, finely detailed with hand-chased body and tail feathers. Made by Robert Glover of London in 1974. The dimensions of this fine hand-made cast sterling silver wren model are length 6 cs (2.3 inches), height 5 cms (2 inches), width 2.5 cms (1 inch), and it weighs approx. 163g (5.25 troy ounces).

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A cast Sterling Silver model of a Wren bird, in a realistic traditional pose, finely detailed with hand-chased body and tail feathers. Made by Robert Glover of London in 1974. The dimensions of this fine hand-made cast sterling silver wren model are length 6 cs (2.3 inches), height 5 cms (2 inches), width 2.5 cms (1 inch), and it weighs approx. 163g (5.25 troy ounces).

475

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   Sterling silver cast model of a polar bear, made by Mappin and Webb of Sheffield in 1962. Length 9 cms.

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Sterling silver cast model of a polar bear, made by Mappin and Webb of Sheffield in 1962. Length 9 cms.

495

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An Antique Edwardian Sterling Silver model of a King Pheasant bird, having realistically hand-chased feathers, a pull-off head, and cast feet. Made in ca. 1900 and imported from Continental Europe. The dimensions of this fine hand-made antique silver King Pheasant bird model are height 11.5 cms (4.5 inches), length 21 cms (8 inches), width 5 cms (2 inches), and it weighs approx. 175g (5.6 troy ounces).

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An Antique Edwardian Sterling Silver model of a King Pheasant bird, having realistically hand-chased feathers, a pull-off head, and cast feet. Made in ca. 1900 and imported from Continental Europe. The dimensions of this fine hand-made antique silver King Pheasant bird model are height 11.5 cms (4.5 inches), length 21 cms (8 inches), width 5 cms (2 inches), and it weighs approx. 175g (5.6 troy ounces).

495

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   Sterling silver fine cast model of a Herefordshire bull, made in London in 2002. Length 9 cms (3.5 inches), height 5 cms (2 inches). Weight approx. 337g (10.9 troy ounces)

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Sterling silver fine cast model of a Herefordshire bull, made in London in 2002. Length 9 cms (3.5 inches), height 5 cms (2 inches). Weight approx. 337g (10.9 troy ounces)

595

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Sterling silver cast model of a standing polar bear, having realistically hand-chased fur, with fine detail. Made by Robert Comyns of London in 1989. The dimensions of this fine hand-made silver polar bear are length 9 cms (3.5 inches), height 4.5 cms (1.75 inches), and it weighs approx. 160g (5.2 troy ounces).

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Sterling silver cast model of a standing polar bear, having realistically hand-chased fur, with fine detail. Made by Robert Comyns of London in 1989. The dimensions of this fine hand-made silver polar bear are length 9 cms (3.5 inches), height 4.5 cms (1.75 inches), and it weighs approx. 160g (5.2 troy ounces).

595

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Sterling silver cast model of an otter, having a realistically hand-chased fur body. Made in London in 1993. The dimensions of this fine hand-made silver otter model are length 10 cms (4 inches), height 3.5 cms (1.3 inches), and it weighs approx. 196g (6.3 troy ounces).

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Sterling silver cast model of an otter, having a realistically hand-chased fur body. Made in London in 1993. The dimensions of this fine hand-made silver otter model are length 10 cms (4 inches), height 3.5 cms (1.3 inches), and it weighs approx. 196g (6.3 troy ounces).

695

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Sterling silver cast model of a fox, made by A. E. Jones of Birmingham in 1974. Length 15 cms (6 inches), height 5.5 cms (2.25 inches). Weight approx. 8 troy ounces (248g).

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Sterling silver cast model of a fox, made by A. E. Jones of Birmingham in 1974. Length 15 cms (6 inches), height 5.5 cms (2.25 inches). Weight approx. 8 troy ounces (248g).

795

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Sterling silver pair of cast pheasants, showing two male cock birds, with realistically hand-chased feathers. Made by A.E. Jones of Birmingham in 1975. The dimensions of these sterling silver pheasants are: length of startled bird out 16.5 cms (6.5 inches), height of resting bird 8 cms (3 inches), width of startled bird 10 cms (4 inches). Weight approx. 483g (15.6 troy ounces).

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Sterling silver pair of cast pheasants, showing two male cock birds, with realistically hand-chased feathers. Made by A.E. Jones of Birmingham in 1975. The dimensions of these sterling silver pheasants are: length of startled bird out 16.5 cms (6.5 inches), height of resting bird 8 cms (3 inches), width of startled bird 10 cms (4 inches). Weight approx. 483g (15.6 troy ounces).

845

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Sterling silver snipe. A solid cast model of a Snipe made in London in 2007. The dimensions of this sterling silver snipe are length 15 cms (6 inches), height 11 cms (4.25 inches). Weight approx. 331g (10.7 troy ounces).

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Sterling silver snipe. A solid cast model of a Snipe made in London in 2007. The dimensions of this sterling silver snipe are length 15 cms (6 inches), height 11 cms (4.25 inches). Weight approx. 331g (10.7 troy ounces).

895

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   Sterling silver hand-made cast model of a tortoise, hallmarked for London 2008. Length 10 cms (4 inches), width 7.5 cms (3 inches). Weight approx. 9 troy ounces (280g).

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Sterling silver hand-made cast model of a tortoise, hallmarked for London 2008. Length 10 cms (4 inches), width 7.5 cms (3 inches). Weight approx. 9 troy ounces (280g).

895

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Sterling silver cast model of a horse. A very fine model by the contempory sculptress Lorne McKean (view her website at www.lornemckean.com). Hallmarked for London in 1975 Height 11 cms (4.5 inches), length 8 cms (3 inches). Weight approx. 615g (19.8 troy ounces).

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Sterling silver cast model of a horse. A very fine model by the contempory sculptress Lorne McKean (view her website at www.lornemckean.com). Hallmarked for London in 1975 Height 11 cms (4.5 inches), length 8 cms (3 inches). Weight approx. 615g (19.8 troy ounces).

895

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Sterling silver cast model of a horse in original velvet-lined presentation box. A very fine model by the contemporary sculptress Lorne McKean (view her website at www.lornemckean.com). Hallmarked for London in 1975. The dimensions of this hand-made silver horse are height 11 cms (4.5 inches), length 8 cms (3 inches), and it weighs approx. 612g (19.7 troy ounces).

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Sterling silver cast model of a horse in original velvet-lined presentation box. A very fine model by the contemporary sculptress Lorne McKean (view her website at www.lornemckean.com). Hallmarked for London in 1975. The dimensions of this hand-made silver horse are height 11 cms (4.5 inches), length 8 cms (3 inches), and it weighs approx. 612g (19.7 troy ounces).

945

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A cast Sterling Silver pair of pheasants, showing a male and female bird in realistic traditional poses, finely detailed with hand-chased bodies and tail feathers. Made by Robert Glover of London in 1973. The dimensions of these fine hand-made sterling silver pheasants are length of male bird 17 cms (6.75 inches), height 8 cms (3 inches), and they weigh a total approx. 310g (10 troy ounces).

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A cast Sterling Silver pair of pheasants, showing a male and female bird in realistic traditional poses, finely detailed with hand-chased bodies and tail feathers. Made by Robert Glover of London in 1973. The dimensions of these fine hand-made sterling silver pheasants are length of male bird 17 cms (6.75 inches), height 8 cms (3 inches), and they weigh a total approx. 310g (10 troy ounces).

975

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Sterling silver pair of cast pheasants, showing a female hen and male cock bird, with realistically hand-chased feathers. Made by Edward Barnard of London in 1967. The dimensions of these fine hand-made sterling silver pheasants are length of cock bird 14 cms (5.5 inches), height of hen bird 8 cms (3 inches), and they weigh approx. 285g (9.2 troy ounces).

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Sterling silver pair of cast pheasants, showing a female hen and male cock bird, with realistically hand-chased feathers. Made by Edward Barnard of London in 1967. The dimensions of these fine hand-made sterling silver pheasants are length of cock bird 14 cms (5.5 inches), height of hen bird 8 cms (3 inches), and they weigh approx. 285g (9.2 troy ounces).

985

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A Sterling Silver pair of cast pheasants, showing a male and female bird in realistic traditional poses, finely detailed with hand-chased bodies and tail feathers. Made by DJS of London in 1973. The dimensions of these fine hand-made sterling silver pheasant are length of female bird 18.5 cms (7.25 inches), height of male bird to top of head 9 cms (3.5 inches), and they weigh a total approx. 403g (13 troy ounces).

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A Sterling Silver pair of cast pheasants, showing a male and female bird in realistic traditional poses, finely detailed with hand-chased bodies and tail feathers. Made by DJS of London in 1973. The dimensions of these fine hand-made sterling silver pheasant are length of female bird 18.5 cms (7.25 inches), height of male bird to top of head 9 cms (3.5 inches), and they weigh a total approx. 403g (13 troy ounces).

1,275

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Sterling silver and parcel gold-gilt pair of fighting cocks made by I. Freeman & Sons Ltd., of London in 1966. Length 23 cms (9 inches), height 18cms (7 inches). Total weight approx. 18 troy ounces (558g).

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Sterling silver and parcel gold-gilt pair of fighting cocks made by I. Freeman & Sons Ltd., of London in 1966. Length 23 cms (9 inches), height 18cms (7 inches). Total weight approx. 18 troy ounces (558g).

1,375

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A rare Antique Victorian Silver large articulated fish, with hand engraved and chased body having  articulated scales, a hinged mouth and face with cabochon garnet eyes, with a tail fin, dorsal fin, and sitting on two lower pelvic fins. Made in ca. 1890 in mainland Continental Europe (possibly Spain). The dimension of this fine hand-made antique silver fish model are length 30.5 cms (12 inches), and it weighs approx. 283g (9 troy ounces).

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A rare Antique Victorian Silver large articulated fish, with hand engraved and chased body having articulated scales, a hinged mouth and face with cabochon garnet eyes, with a tail fin, dorsal fin, and sitting on two lower pelvic fins. Made in ca. 1890 in mainland Continental Europe (possibly Spain). The dimension of this fine hand-made antique silver fish model are length 30.5 cms (12 inches), and it weighs approx. 283g (9 troy ounces).

1,475

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Sterling silver pair of fighting cocks with import marks for London 1975. Length 22 cms (8.5 inches), height 20 cms (8 inches). Weight approx. 19 troy ounces.

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Sterling silver pair of fighting cocks with import marks for London 1975. Length 22 cms (8.5 inches), height 20 cms (8 inches). Weight approx. 19 troy ounces.

1,495

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Sterling silver pair of cast pheasants, showing a female and male cock bird, and having garnet inset eyes, and realistically hand-chased feathers. With import marks for London 1965. Length of cock bird 27 cms (10.5 inches), height 15 cms (6 inches), width 4.5 cms (1.75 inches). Weight approx. 436g (14 troy ounces).

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Sterling silver pair of cast pheasants, showing a female and male cock bird, and having garnet inset eyes, and realistically hand-chased feathers. With import marks for London 1965. Length of cock bird 27 cms (10.5 inches), height 15 cms (6 inches), width 4.5 cms (1.75 inches). Weight approx. 436g (14 troy ounces).

1,675

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Sterling silver large cast model of a pheasant cock bird, having realistically hand-chased feathers. Imported and having hallmarks for London in 1926. Height 21.5 cms (8.5 inches), length 35 cms (13.75 inches), width 8 cms (3 inches). Weight approx. 412g (13.3 troy ounces).

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Sterling silver large cast model of a pheasant cock bird, having realistically hand-chased feathers. Imported and having hallmarks for London in 1926. Height 21.5 cms (8.5 inches), length 35 cms (13.75 inches), width 8 cms (3 inches). Weight approx. 412g (13.3 troy ounces).

1,985

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Sterling silver pair of pheasants made in 1925, imported into London. Cock bird has removable head. Length of male bird 30 cms.

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Sterling silver pair of pheasants made in 1925, imported into London. Cock bird has removable head. Length of male bird 30 cms.

2,375

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Sterling silver pheasants. Solid cast models of a pair of female (hen) and male (cock) pheasants, made by C. J. Vander of London in 2000. The dimensions of these sterling silver pheasants are length of male bird 29 cms (11.5 inches), spread of wings on female bird 21.5 cms (8.5 inches). Total weight approx. 1,977g (63.8 troy ounces).

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Sterling silver pheasants. Solid cast models of a pair of female (hen) and male (cock) pheasants, made by C. J. Vander of London in 2000. The dimensions of these sterling silver pheasants are length of male bird 29 cms (11.5 inches), spread of wings on female bird 21.5 cms (8.5 inches). Total weight approx. 1,977g (63.8 troy ounces).

3,865

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Learn more about antique silver ANIMALS here.

Antique Silver ANIMALS description:

A realistic representation of, normally, well-known domestic and wild animals such as Labrador dogs, Pheasants, or Foxes.

Antique Silver ANIMALS history:

There are very few examples before 1850. Most of the larger examples before this period have been removed from larger centrepieces and were not made as single items. The vast majority of old or antique silver animal models are made after 1880, and anything pre-1900 is now considered quite rare. During the latter parts of the Victorian period the most prolific silver model maker was a German company, Ludwig Nereshiemer & Co of Hanau, who exported models from Germany, made specifically for the English market in sterling silver, to be sold in Berthold Mullers shop in Holborn. It is likely that Muller was the sole British agent for Nereshiemers work. To stop Muller from flooding the market, the Government imposed a large tax onto the importation of silver animal models, making it too expensive for Muller to continue. Nereshiemer, however, responded by creating models with movable wings, or with removable heads, which Muller then imported into the country as drinking vessels, pepper shakers and toys, effectively removing this high level of taxation.

Antique Silver ANIMALS design:

Most silversmiths tried to design their models on as realistic basis as possible. Some notable exceptions are 18th century cow-creamers, which are relatively naive in comparison.

Antique Silver ANIMALS collectors note:

Silver animal models were made in two basic ways. They are either hollow, made from sheet silver, or cast. In the former case collectors must look at the seams to make sure there are no obvious repairs. In the latter case make sure that there are no repaired breaks. For example many old game bird wing tips have been repaired. As normal, The level of craftsmanship and their aesthetic qualities determine their value. But they must also be undamaged, as discussed above, with good clear hallmarks and crisp detail.



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