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Victorian Silver Table Centrepiece

Date: 1862

Maker: Elkington

Country: England

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A spectacular antique silver centrepiece and candelabra, the tall column and arms formed as a grapevine with entwined branches supporting vine leaves and bunches of grapes. The cut crystal bowl and the candle nozzles are all detachable. This decorative item is perfect for fruit, flowers and sweets. Engraved to the base with a presentation inscription from H.G Mytton of Cleobury North. Dismantles into 3 pieces by unscrewing the bowl holder at the top. Weight 3380 grams, 109 troy ounces approx. Height 58.5cm (with glass), 53cm (without). Spread 42cm. London 1862. Maker George Richards Elkington. Sterling silver.

Signed/Inscription.

“This Piece …. With a Silver Tea & Coffee Service was Presented to R.O. Backhouse by H.G Mytton* of Cleobury North”

*H.G Mytton. Possibly a relative of “Mad Jack” Myddleton whose name is given to a 100 mile track through Shropshire’s most beautiful and unspoilt countryside starting and finishing in Cleobury. Jack Mytton led a short but very profligate life - an eccentric aristocrat who made his name when, as a new MP, he quit the House of Commons after half an hour of dull speeches and never returned.

“as a mark of sincere respect & esteem and in appreciation of his great ability and honourable conduct in long and arduous Chancery Suits* in which Mr Mytton was interested 1864”

*Chancery Suits. A court of equity, in which a judge can order acts performed, such as that a contract be modified or an activity stopped. The chancery court's functions are distinct from those of common law courts, which can order money damages to be paid, and where jury trials are available.

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