Beautiful and expertly crafted pair of Victorian sterling figural swan salt and pepper shakers. They are both hallmarked SBL for Samuel Boyce Landeck. He was a prolific English importer of Dutch silver items that were artistic and appealing to Victorian era British ladies. A google search shows his collection is high end, very decorative and priced accordingly. Each has a British import mark, and hallmarks that include the city of Sheffield and a date letter of 1896 that is consistent with the period when SBL was beginning to import silver into Britain, in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The textural detail is finely done. They both open and close with no issues so they can be easily be emptied or refilled. There is no salt corrosion and appear unused. Clean and ready to be filled or displayed. Their necks are graceful and their feathers are hand engraved. In every way, it is amazing that they have existed for over 126 years and are in such phenomenal shape! Graceful and substantial at 50 grams combined. The little circular bump on the bottom of of each is a punch mark on the inside of both lids. We have not been able to identify the original Dutch maker. So here is a fun rabbit hole to go down for the next owner of the lovely set. Swans are a romantic gift because they are monogamous, loyal and symbol of grace, beauty, and love. This item is in the category “Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (.925)\Salt & Pepper Shakers”. The seller is “fanny_and_alexanders_boutique” and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, Korea, South, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Republic of, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Vietnam, Uruguay.
- Style: Victorian
- Age: 1850-1899
- Composition: Sterling Silver
- Brand: Samuel Boyce Landeck
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