Victorian Pierced Silver Plate Metalwork, Twin Handled (10224)
Made from English silver plate or EPNS (Electro Plated Nickel Silver) by the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft (Birmingham Guild Ltd.) The Birmingham Guild was established in 1890, by 1895 the Guild had formed its own independent workshop and became a limited company.
The pierced holes and fine engraving give a three-dimensional effect. Piercing was highly skilled work. Holes were drilled so that a piece of wire could be fed through and joined at both ends to a handle, to create a wire saw. Each piercing was sawn individually.
This beautiful antique would have had a glass insert at some stage--possibly to be used as a vase.
It has two handles that appear to be Swans.
It measures 125mm from handle to handle x 70mm x 70mm x 120mm high.
In lovely, antique condition. Mild pitting to the base.