London, South Kensington
9 September 2003
A Victorian Silver Novelty Smoker's Companion
Mark of James Barclay Hennell, London, 1876, with design registration mark for 19 February 1877.
reastically modelled as a grizzly bear with a detachable head, holding a branch in one hand, with a basket on his back, supported on a copper base - 15.3cm. (6in.) high, weight of silver 11.5oz.
Possibly Christie's London, 24 July, 1974.
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Michael Clayton, Christie's Pictorial History of English and American Silver, Oxford, 1985, page 293;
John Culme, Nineteenth Century Silver, London, 1977, page 186-187, for a similar example.
A similar, slightly larger example, hallmarked for 1877, was sold at Christie's London, 15 July 1993, lot 53 for £3,680.
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