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j7689: Sterling Silver Nef

Hallmarked In 1900

Bearing import marks for Chester, 1900 by Berthold Muller, this novel Antique, Sterling Silver Nef is actually a drinks decanter. The bowspirit is a spout and the back section is hinged for easy access. There are men on deck with cannons and even a sailor climbing the mast rope. The chased body has an underwater scene featuring Neptune. The interior of the ship has been gilded and the wheels propel the ship forward or backwards. The Nef measures 13"(33cm) port to starboard, with a height of 16"(41cm), a width of 4.5"(11.5cm) and a weight of 45.4 troy ounces.

£5,975

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b1283: Sterling Silver Nef

Hallmarked In 1925

This superb example of a Sterling Silver Nef carries import marks for London, 1925 by Thomas Callow & Son. Nefs are extravagant table ornaments and containers made of precious metals in the shape of a ship. First recorded in France as early as 1239, this example is a particularly fine, hand chased, early 20th century reproduction of the 16th century style of Nef. Very elaborate and depicting a fully crewed Galleon at sail with canons ready to fire, the ship rests on 4 wheels to allow it to “sail” around the table. The top of the ship lifts off to reveal an empty hull. Traditionally this compartment could hold salt or spices (the latter being very expensive in the Middle Ages). Today it would make a handy place to store an extra bottle of wine for emergencies! The nef measures 32"(81cm) long, 27.5"(70cm) tall and 5.5"(13cm) wide, with a weight of 124.7 troy ounces.

£26,750

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