A lovely late Victorian shaped oval mustard pot in the 1780s style with very fine hand engraving.
This wonderful mustard pot is engraved with the contemporary initials in a shield-shaped cartouche on one side. The matching cartouche on the other side is not engraved.
The mustard pot is fitted with a detachable blue glass liner which is star-cut underneath.
The pot is in good condition with beautifully crisp and fine hand engraving.
Dimensions: length 10.5 cm, width 4.8 cm; weight (excluding liner) 4.2 troy oz.
This large business of manufacturing silversmiths, C.S. Harris & Sons Ltd, is said to have been commenced by John Mark Harris, a spoon maker, in 1817.
He moved c. 1831 to 27 Nelson Street, City Road. It would appear that the firm was continued by John Robert Harris (probably J.M. Harris’s son), who moved c.1842 to 29 Kirby Street, Hatton Garden (where he is listed from 1843 until 1852 as a silver spoon and fork manufacturer).
The business then passed c. 1852 to Charles Stuart Harris, who is listed from 1854 at 29 Kirby Street as an electro spoon and fork maker, electro plater and gilder, agent for plated wares (1856), and silversmith. In 1885, he purchased the business of D.J. & C. Houle (manufacturing silversmiths) from Charles Houle and the executors of his brother, Daniel John Houle, retaining their workshops at 24 Red Lion Street, Clerkenwell, EC. C.S. Harris opened additional manufacturing premises c. 1892 at 41 and 42 Hatton Garden, EC.
In 1897, the business was converted into a limited liability company under the style of C.S. Harris and Sons, Ltd. described as: “manufacturing gold and silversmiths; manufacturers of and dealers in gold and silver plate, wire and lace; dealers in gold and silver, diamonds and other precious metals and stones; electroplaters; silverers and jewellers etc”, with premises at 41 and 42 Hatton Garden, 28 & 29 Kirby Street, Hatton Garden and 23 and 24 Red Lion Street, Clerkenwell with the directors recorded as Henry Stuart Harris, Walter Stuart Harris, Edwin Stuart Harris, Alfred Stuart Harris and Frederick Stuart Harris. C.S. Harris & Sons Ltd. were also in possession of premises at 13 & 14 Bateman Street, Soho, acquired, probably in December 1897, from Arthur Stuart Harris and Ernst Stuart Harris, trading as Harris brothers. These were maintained until c. 1906.
C.S. Harris & Sons Ltd continued in business until 1933/34, latterly giving up all their premises except those at 41 & 42 Hatton Garden. They were subsequently incorporated into I Freeman & Sons Ltd. manufacturing silversmiths and dealers in antique silver and plated wares of 23 Hatton Garden, EC. Fine makers who also manufactured for top-class London retailers who overstruck their makers mark with their own.
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