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Silver-plated nautilus spoon warmer

£ 450

Silversmith
Place

Sheffield

Year

c1895

Victorian silver-plated spoon warmer in the form of a nautilus shell, mounted on a rocky effect base with a decorative handle in the form of a seashell. The curling body is decorated with a fine wave pattern and the lid engraved with other foaming wave-like decoration.

At a time when the kitchens were generally set far from dining rooms, it was important that food be kept warm while being brought to the rarely heated dining rooms. A large variety of dishes had hot water compartments for the purpose and spoon warmers also made their entrance. Filled with hot water in the kitchen, they were brought to the table with the serving spoons inside, keeping them warm and preventing the food from getting cold.

Atkin Brothers was known for producing goods of an exceptional quality.

Height
120mm (4 3/4")
Length
155mm (6")
Condition
Excellent
Reference
6425
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