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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Rare - Two Pairs of Early Victorian Silver Nutcrackers, Francis Higgins, London, 1846, crested with unicorn's head erased