M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
TWO PAIRS OF EARLY VICTORIAN SILVER NUTCRACKERS
Francis Higgins II, London 1846
The reversible nutcrackers with steel nipples to
each side surmounting hinged faceted handles, each central pivot
engraved with the a crest of a unicorn’s head erased to both sides
(Fairbairn’s 49.5 : Beale, Collier, Curwen, Free, Goodacre,
Ker, Oliphant, Ramsey, Smyth, Wynn).
Each piece to the nutcrackers marked :
the central pivot with lion passant only,
the arms with makers, London, and lion passant to
one arm, makers and date to the other arm
Note : A pair of
nutcrackers is quite rare.
I cannot recall seeing another. Nor has
any other silver specialist with whom I have spoken.
Condition : Excellent, with minor nicks and scratches appropriate to age and
usage; some stubborn tarnish spots
5.25” Long / 10.4 oz.
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