A Superb Example of an English Sterling Silver Late Georgian Embossed Twin Ink Bottle Desk Standish, complete with all its accessories to include a pair frosted glass ink jars encased within pierced outer bodies with leaf capped covers which are attached to the main frame, see image.
The removable single candleholder is complete with its original drip pan. The main gadrooned edge frame with allover lavish cast shell detail is raised on four highly ornate supports with shell, acanthus and scrolling detail.
Mark of CTFGF for Charles Thomas Fox & George Fox.
Assayed in London in 1853.
Condition: Good condition for such an early piece with no losses, possibly never used. Marks are crisp and clear.
Width: (at base of frame) 9.5" (24cm). Depth: (at base of frame) 6.25” (15.75cm) Height: (entire) 5” (13cm).
Location: Dublin City, Ireland.
Affordable fixed charge Worldwide Store to door shipping.
Charles Fox I entered a mark in 1801 working in Old St, London until he retired in 1827. His son Charles Fox II joined his father in 1822 and continued until about 1842 when his sons George and Charles Fox took over the family business.
George entered a joint maker's mark in 1842 with his brother Charles Thomas Fox, from 139 Old Street, where they are listed until 1852 as working silversmiths. C.T. & G. Fox then moved to 13 Queen Street (renamed 13 Bateman Street in 1885), Soho, where they are listed as working silversmiths. Charles Thomas Fox retired on 31st December 1860 leaving George Fox as sole partner in the firm of C.T. & G. Fox. The business moved in 1891 to 50 Berwick Street, Soho, London where in 1892 they are listed as manufacturing silversmiths, repairs, gilding, plating etc. to the trade.