This lot is offered without reserve.
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
It's rare in the 21st century to find a family antiques business that dates back three generations with its origins in the late 19th century. The Casimir's name has been synonymous now for over 100 years with the finest antique metalwares. ''The Brass Shop'' at 23, Pembridge Road in Notting Hill Gate which will now sadly close, has been a landmark for many decades. Its situation just prior to Portobello Road on the short walk from the tube station, meant that for many collector's, dealers, connoisseurs and enthusiasts it was the first port of call on a regular visit to the world famous antiques market.
Samuel Casimir started dealing in antiques around 1890, and was reputedly the first dealer in London to buy and sell old pewter. In the early 1900's he opened a shop in Lambs Conduit Street, Holborn. Samuel's four sons Louis, Charles, Harold and Jack all became specialist dealers in their own right. The youngest of the four sons Jack began on his own in 1933, the year Samuel died. After serving in World War II he operated from various premises, eventually moving to the shop in Pembridge Road in 1952, where he ran the business with his wife Sally. They were later joined by their sons Michael (1956), and Ray (1972), and then Michael's son Ian in the ealy 1980's. Jack died in 1984.
Mike, Ray and Ian Casimir are now consolidating their business which will continue on a smaller scale with their own private client base. The sale offers Christie's clients a wonderful opportunity to purchase metalwares from the 16th century, through to the early 1900's from the best collection of its type to come to the market in recent times.
Please be advised that copper jelly moulds and other utensils bought for kitchen use will require re-tinning.