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Antique Silver Victorian Toast Rack made in 1844


A very stylish Victorian antique silver seven-bar toast rack with oval-shaped wirework bars and a loop handle.

Date 1844
Made By Henry Wilkinson & Co
Location Sheffield
Stock Number W257x13

Out of stock

Maker: Henry Wilkinson & Co

A very stylish Victorian antique silver seven-bar toast rack with oval-shaped wirework bars and a loop handle.

The toast rack has a rectangular base with a strengthening strut and sits on four small ball feet.

It is of a heavy gauge and the seven bars are suitable for six slices.

The toast rack is in good condition.

Dimensions: length 16.1 cm; weight 9.2 troy oz.

Henry Wilkinson & Co

It is difficult to trace the origin of the firm in the 18th and the first part of the 19th century, owing to the complexity of intertwined partnerships involving the numerous firms active in Sheffield in the silver business. The Chronology until 1829 is only a hypothesis, largely based on Frederick Bradbury’s book on Old Sheffield Plate (first published in 1912).

Henry Wilkinson & Co, Plate Worker, Norfolk Street, Sheffield entered its first mark in the Sheffield Assay Office on September 24, 1831. Henry Wilkinson & Co was involved in the manufacture of Old Sheffield Plate and was the second firm in Sheffield to receive a licence for the use of the electroplating system (1843). Various pieces of its production were successfully exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Since the 1850s, Henry Wilkinson & Co was active in London with James Price as agent and from 1857 with a Showroom at 4 Bolt Court, Fleet Street (later, Ely House, 13 Charterhouse Street, Holborn Circus). Hallmarks were entered in London Assay Office in 1857 (by Henry Wilkinson) and 1879 (by John Brashier).

In 1872, the firm was converted into a Limited Liability Company under the style Henry Wilkinson & Co Ltd. In 1892, the business went into liquidation and was bought by Walker & Hall.

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Delivery Charges:
For the UK £15.00
For Europe £30.00
For the rest of World £50.00
The charges are subject to change

About William Walter Antiques

At the heart of William Walter Antiques is our dedication to providing our customers with beautiful silver of supreme quality, which celebrates all that is precious about sterling silver. Customer service also being paramount, our long-standing, devoted staff team go above and beyond the call of duty for all our clients. We believe it is this combination of passion and commitment that has kept our customers with us for many years.

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