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ANTIQUE SILVER NEFS

First recorded in France in 1239, a Nef (a French word for a type of ship), was designed to be an extravagant table ornament which could be used for serving at the table. Traditionally, the top was removable to allow the use of the empty hull for storing salt, or spices, and examples can be found which were designed to be used as decanters.

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j7689: Sterling Silver Novelty 'Nef' Drinks Decanter

Hallmarked In 1900

Carrying import marks for Chester in 1900 by Berthold Muller, this Antique Sterling Silver Nef, is also a decanter, with the bowsprit acting as the spout, and the back section hinging to allow the alcohol to be poured in. The Nef measures 16"(41cm) tall, by 13"(33cm) wide, by 4.5"(11.5cm) deep and weighs 45.4 troy ounces.

£5,975

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b1283: Sterling Silver Large Nef

Hallmarked In 1925

Carrying import marks for London in 1925 by Thomas Callow & Sons, this superb example of a Sterling Silver Nef, is a particularly fine representation of the 16th century style, elaborated detailed, and resting on 4 wheels to allow it to “sail” around the table. The top of the ship lifts off to reveal an empty hull. The nef measures 27.5"(70cm) tall, by 32"(81cm) wide, by 5.5"(13cm) deep, and weighs an impressive124.7 troy ounces.

£26,750

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