1886. Novelty Silver Plated Honey Bee Dish by Mappin and Webb - Sold

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Attractive honey dish in the form of a honey bee. The wings lift to reveal the honey held in the glass body. Height 8 cms high Width 9 cms at the back of the wing. Length 20 cms from the tip of the feelers to the back of the glass. Electroplated. Usually made by Mappin and Webb with full marks to the base of the wings and body. Circa 1920. Available in different colours.

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Biography - Jonathan Mappin opened a silver cutlery workshop in Sheffield in 1775. He was followed by his son and 4 grandsons into the family business and Mappin Brothers Ltd was founded in the mid 19th century. In 1849 the firm opened their first London showroom at 17 Fore Street. 

In 1860, John Mappin, the youngest son broke away from Mappin Brothers and started his own business Mappin & Company. John Mappin was joined in the new venture two years later by his brother in law George Webb and in 1868 Mappin and Webb & Co was formed.

In 1903, John Mappin acquired the original London retail business, Mappin Brothers, and from 1904, the Company was known as ‘Mappin & Webb Ltd incorporating Mappin Brothers’. The double named business is evident in some of the old store photographs from this era which show both Mappins and Mappin & Webb names on shop exteriors.

Their relationship with the monarchy began in the late 19th Century and was formalised when HM Queen Victoria granted a royal warrant to Mappin & Webb their first as silversmiths, in 1897, the year of The Queen’s diamond jubilee. Mappin & Webb has held a royal warrant as silversmiths to each of the five subsequent sovereigns and today holds a Royal Warrant as Silversmiths to HM The Queen and to HRH The Prince of Wales.

A full history can be seen at http://www.mappinandwebb.com/i/our-history

Condition - Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

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