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BARNARDS

Edward Barnard & Sons Limited, commonly referred to as Barnards, is one of the most recognisable names of silver manufacture in England, and their work is synonymous with quality and finesse. While the majority of their production was during the Victorian period, the company actually boasts the longest lineage of any manufacturing silversmith in the World, and patrons have included Royalty, Religious foundations and members of the aristocracy.

Tracing its origins back to 1679, Anthony Nelme can be considered as the original founder of the Barnards company. Nelme is recorded as working from Ave Maria Lane in the City of London, having served as apprentice in 1672 to first Richard Rowley, and then completing his apprenticeship with Isaac Deighton. Anthony Nelme was considered the best English born goldsmith working at this time, and his patrons including Queen Anne and many other members of high society.

The business changed hands from Anthony Nelme to his son Francis Nelme in 1722, who continued it until it was taken over in 1739 by Thomas Whipham, again passing it to his son Thomas Whipham II in 1756, in partnership with Charles Wright. In 1775 Whipham II retired and the business continued under the management of Wright until it was amalgamated with that of Thomas Chawner in 1786.

Thomas Chawner had, since 1773, Edward Barnard I as his apprentice, so the connection to the Barnard name in this business can really be traced back to this point. When the two firms joined, and under the management of Henry Chawner, Edward Barnard became the foreman, and the driving force behind the company.

In 1796 Henry Chawner took John Emes as a partner. Emes was an engraver, and also a clever businessman who brought investment into the rapidly expanding business. Two years later Chawner retired, and the company continued under the ownership of John Emes alone, with Edward Barnard now becoming the manager. In 1808 Emes passed away, and his widow Rebecca made Edward Barnard a partner, continuing the company as Emes and Barnard.

Rebecca Emes retired from the business in 1829, leaving it in the hands of Edward Barnard and his sons, William, John and Edward, who renamed it Edward Barnard & Sons. In 1838 the company moved to a larger factory space on Angel Street, St Martin’s-le-Grand, in the City of London.

The business thrived, and in 1898 the factory was demolished, and a new, even larger space was constructed at 22-24 Fetter Lane. It was here, in 1910, that the firm converted to a limited liability company and renamed themselves Edward Barnard & Sons Limited, with Walter, John and Stanley Barnard named as the directors. In 1919 the business moved to temporary premises just off Farringdon road, before finally moving, in 1920, to the well known address of 54 Hatton Garden, where they remained (as a subsidiary of Padgett & Braham Limited after 1977) until 2006.

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b8225: Sterling Silver Christening Mug

Hallmarked In 1870

Hallmarked in London in 1870 by Barnards, this striking, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Christening Mug, is beautifully engraved with neoclassical engraving and features a bead detailed a scroll handle. The christening mug measures 3.75"(9.5cm) tall, by 3"(7.5cm) in diameter and weighs 5 troy ounces.

£465

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L3958: Sterling Silver Tumbler Cup

Hallmarked In 1927

Hallmarked in London in 1927 by Barnards, this handsome, George V, Sterling Silver Tumbler Cup, is plain in style. The tumbler cup measures 2.5"(6cm) tall, by 2.75"(7cm) in diameter and weighs 4.4 troy ounces.

£575

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L3942: Sterling Silver Christening Mug

Hallmarked In 1885

Hallmarked in London in 1885 by Barnards, this very attractive, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Christening Mug, is barrel shaped, featuring wonderful bright cut engraved decoration, a gilt interior, and is presented in its original box. The christening mug measures 3.5"(9cm) tall, by 3.5"(9cm) from handle to side, and weighs 4.15 troy ounces.

£595

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L0004: Sterling Silver Beaker

Hallmarked In 1939

Hallmarked in London, in 1939, by Edward Barnard & Sons, this stylish, Sterling Silver Beaker, is a very generous size, and is plain in style, with a rounded base and curved lip. The beaker measures 4.25"(11cm) tall, by 4"(10cm) in diameter and weighs 9.8 troy ounces.

£695

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j8940: Sterling Silver Pair Of 'Bleeding Bowls'

Hallmarked In 1893

Hallmarked in London in 1893 by Barnards, this handsome, pair of Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Bowls or Dishes, are reproductions of James II period "Bleeding Bowls". Each bowl measures 2"(5cm) tall, by 7"(18cm) from handle to side. The pair together weigh 11.5 troy ounces.

£895

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L2609: Sterling Silver Aesthetic Movement Sugar & Cream Set

Hallmarked In 1876

Hallmarked in London in 1876 by Barnards, this handsome, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Sugar and Cream Set, is in the Aesthetic taste, and features gilt interiors, a brushed finish and is presented in the original box. The sugar bowl measures 2.5"(6cm) tall, by 3"(7.5cm) from handle to handle. The cream jug measures 3"(7.5cm) tall, by 2.5"(6cm) from handle to spout. The sugar tongs measure 3"(7.5cm) long, and the set together weighs 6 troy ounces.

£1,195

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L3912: Sterling Silver Set Of Six Egg Cups

Hallmarked In 1884

Hallmarked in London in 1884 by Barnards, this handsome, set of six, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Egg Cups, are plain in style, featuring gilt interiors and an engraved crest. Each egg cup measures 2.5"(6.5cm) tall, by 1.5"(4cm) in diameter, and the set together weighs 7 troy ounces. The set is presented in the original box. The crest is that of the Hartley family, and most likely that of Reverend John Thorneycroft Hartley, winner of the 'Gentleman's Singles Title' at Wimbledon in both 1879, and 1880, and the only English World Number 1 ranked tennis player to also be a member of the clergy.

£1,275

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L1121: Sterling Silver 3 Piece Tea Set

Hallmarked In 1875

Hallmarked in London in 1875 by Barnards, this charming Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Tea Set, has been decorated with floral swags and bands of engraving. The teapot measures 3.5"(9cm) tall, by 8"(20cm) from handle to spout, and the sugar and cream are in proportion. Together the tea set weighs 15.7 troy ounces.

£1,375

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L0824: Sterling Silver Biscuit Box

Hallmarked In 1889

Hallmarked in London in 1889 by Barnards, this attractive, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Biscuit Box, has swirled and sunken half fluting, in the Queen Anne style, and lion mask drop ring handles. The biscuit box measures 7"(18cm) tall, by 6"(15cm) in diameter and weighs 24 troy ounces.

£1,795

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b7251: Sterling Silver Octagonal Cafe Au Lait

Hallmarked In 1928

Hallmarked in London in 1928 by Barnards, this very handsome, Sterling Silver Cafe Au Lait, are plain in style, octagonal in shape, and feature fruit wood handles and reed borders. Each pot measures 10"(25.5cm) tall, and the pair together weigh 46.8 troy ounces.

£1,875

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j2149: Sterling Silver Bowl

Hallmarked In 1889

Hallmarked in London in 1889 by Barnards, this attractive, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver bowl, features floral and scroll chased decoration throughout, a gilt interior, and a pedestal foot. The bowl measures 7.5"(19cm) tall, by 10.5"(27cm) in diameter and weighs 27.5 ozt.

£2,175

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L3614: Sterling Silver 3 Piece Tea Set

Hallmarked In 1855

Hallmarked in London in 1855 by Barnards, this striking, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Tea Set, is ornately chased throughout, and features silver handles and gilt interiors to the sugar and cream. The teapot measures 8.5"(21.5cm) tall, by 11"(28cm) from handle to spout, and the other pieces are in proportion. The set together weighs 50.5 troy ounces.

£2,275

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j9691: Sterling Silver Wine Ewer

Hallmarked In 1849

Hallmarked in London in 1849 by Barnards, this attractive, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Wine Ewer, features chased floral and acanthus decoration and a pumpkin thumb piece . The wine ewer measures 13.75"(35cm) tall, by 6.25"(16cm) from handle to side and weighs 27.8 troy ounces.

£3,275

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b1837: Sterling Silver 4 Piece Tea Set

Hallmarked In 1903

Hallmarked in London in 1903 by Barnards, this attractive, Edwardian, Antique Sterling Silver Tea Set, features half fluting, shell and gadroon borders, and chased floral decoration to the spouts. The teapot measures 5"(12.5cm) tall, by 10.5"(27cm) from handle to spout, and the other pieces are in proportion. The four pieces together weigh 74 troy ounces.

£3,475

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L2531: Sterling Silver 3 Piece 'Coral' Design Tea Set

Hallmarked In 1830

Hallmarked in London in 1830 by Barnards, this stunning, William IV, Antique Sterling Silver Tea Set, is wonderfully chased with floral decoration and 'Coral' design feet and rims. The teapot measures 6"(15cm) tall, by 11"(28cm) from handle to spout and the other pieces are in proportion. Together the tea set weighs 52.2 troy ounces.

£3,675

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j8829: Sterling Silver 4 Piece Tea Set

Hallmarked In 1896

Hallmarked in London in 1896 by Barnards, this attractive, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Tea Set, features half fluting, shell and gadroon borders, ball feet, and gilt interiors to the sugar and cream. The teapot measures 5.5"(14cm) tall, by 11"(28cm) from handle to spout, and the other pieces are in proportion. The tea set together weighs 73 troy ounces.

£3,775

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n0000: Sterling Silver 'Melon' 4 Piece Tea Set

Hallmarked In 1834

Hallmarked in London in 1834 and 1835 by Edward Barnard & Sons, this striking, William IV, Antique Sterling Silver Tea Set, is in the 'Melon' design, and features silver handles and gilt interiors to the sugar and cream. The teapot measures 6.25"(16cm) tall, by 11.5"(29cm) from handle to spout, and the other pieces are in proportion.

£5,275

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j8010: Sterling Silver Trophy

Hallmarked In 1923

Hallmarked in London in 1923 by Edward Barnard & Sons Ltd., this attractive, Sterling Silver Trophy, is campagna shaped, and features egg and dart borders, half fluted decoration, and masks to the handles. The trophy measures 12.75"(32.5cm) tall, by 8.5"(22cm) from handle to handle and weighs 81.7 troy ounces.

£5,475

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j9307: Sterling Silver 4 Piece Tea Set

Hallmarked In 1846

Hallmarked in London in 1846 by Edward Barnard & Sons, this striking, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Tea Set, features engraved and chased decoration, figural finials, silver handles, and gilt interiors to the sugar and cream. The teapot measures 8.25"(21cm) tall, by 10"(25.5cm) from handle to spout, and the other pieces are in proportion. The tea set together weighs 75.6 troy ounces.

£5,975

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L3363: Sterling Silver 'Butlers' Tray

Hallmarked In 1914

Hallmarked in London in 1914 by Barnards, this outstanding, George V, Antique Sterling Silver Tray, is of exceptional quality and size, plain in style, and featuring shaped corners and handles. The tray measures 28"(71cm) wide, by 17"(43.5cm) deep, and weighs a substantial 192 troy ounces.

£8,750

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b1682: Sterling Silver 6 Piece 'Melon' Tea Set

Hallmarked In 1840

Hallmarked in London from 1840 to 1849 by Edward Barnard & Sons, this striking, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Tea Set, is in the classic 'Melon' design, and includes a rare Bachelor size teapot as well as a large kettle. The kettle measures 16"(41cm) tall, by 11"(28cm) from handle to spout. The larger teapot measures 6.5"(16.5cm) tall, by 10.25"(26cm) from handle to spout, the Bachelor teapot measures 5.5"(14cm) tall, by 8.25"(21cm) from handle to spout, and the other pieces are in proportion. The set together weighs 171.2 troy ounces.

£12,775

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L2545: Sterling Silver Soup Tureen

Hallmarked In 1839

Hallmarked in London in 1839 by Barnards, this exquisite, Antique Victorian, Sterling Silver Soup Tureen, features chased leaves to the body, acanthus decoration to the foot, handles, and rim, a flower finial, and is engraved with a crest. The soup tureen measures 14"(36cm) tall, by 18"(46cm) wide, by 11"(28cm) deep, and weighs a substantial 142 troy ounces.

£13,975

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e3770: Sterling Silver 5 Piece Tea Set

Hallmarked In 1862

Hallmarked in London in 1862, 1863 and 1864 by Edward & John Barnard, this very attractive, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Tea Set, features wonderful chased and engraved decoration throughout, silver handles, and gilt interiors to the sugar and cream. The kettle measures 16"(40.5cm) tall, by 11"(28cm) from handle to spout. The teapot measures 7.25"(18.5cm) tall, by 10.25"(26cm) from handle to spout, and the other pieces are in proportion. The set together weighs 138 troy ounces.

£14,750

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b9200: Sterling Silver Set Of 3 Bowls

Hallmarked In 1893

Hallmarked in London in 1889 and 1893 by Barnards, this fantastic, set of 3 Antique Sterling Silver Bowls, are in the ‘Monteith' style, featuring gilt interiors, engraved crests and mottos, and lion mask drop rings handles. The larger central bowl measures 10"(26cm) tall, by 15"(38cm) in diameter, and the two smaller bowls measure 7"(18cm) tall, by 9.5"(24cm) in diameter. The total weight of the set is 194 troy ounces. The crest is likely that of the Butler family, and the motto translates as 'Be steadfast'

£19,975

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e4579: Sterling Silver 5 Piece 'Melon' Tea And Coffee Service

Hallmarked In 1828

Hallmarked in London in 1828 by Barnards, this very impressive George IV, Antique Sterling Silver Tea Set, is in the 'Melon' design and features shell feet, pumpkin finials and gilt interiors to the cream and sugar. The tea urn measures 16"(41cm) tall, the teapot measures 5.5"(14cm) tall, and the other pieces are in proportion. The set together weighs a substantial 241 troy ounces.

£22,975

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b5395: Sterling Silver Centrepiece

Hallmarked In 1854

Hallmarked in London in 1854 by Barnards, this stunning, Victorian, Antique Sterling Silver Centrepiece, features a central glass bowl and 5 spaces for candles. The centrepiece is richly decorated, featuring shell and scroll motifs, and stands on a triangular base. The centrepiece measures 29"(74cm) tall, by 18.5"(47cm) in spread, and weighs 178 troy ounces.

£24,750

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