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Although originating in the 15th Century as a means of finishing a legal argument, most typically over rent payments, a gavel is not historically used by a judge in the UK, and is more commonly used by an auctioneer or during meetings to call for silence, or to indicate a point of discussion has finished. In the US the custom of using a gavel by a judge appears to have entered the courtrooms around 1789 and is sill in use today. Nowadays they make a handsome present for anyone who likes to call people to order….
Made Circa 1900
Made circa 1900, this stylish, Antique, Sterling Silver Gavel, is marked Sterling only, and is probably American in origin. This gavel measures 10"(25.5cm) in length and the head has a diameter of 2"(5cm) and a width of 3"(7.5cm).
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