Date 1810 Georgian Silver Seal Fob
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Fully hallmarked as Silver in the year 1810 with the maker's mark for Joseph Willmore...
'Born in 1773, Joseph Willmore was the grandson of Thomas Willmore, an original member of the Birmingham Assay Office established 1773. Joseph registered his mark in 1806 at the Birmingham Assay Office as a snuff-box maker, for which he is highly regarded, especially for his snuff boxes with repoussé or ‘castle-top’ lids. He later also registered at the London Assay Office in 1814-15, opening a showroom in Bouverie Street. Joseph took on his grandfather’s business on his death in 1816, and expanded the variety of silver wares. For example, at the Birmingham Assay Office, he registered as a maker of knife and fork handles in 1831, and a maker of silver-gilt knives, forks and spoons in 1832. He continued to register makers marks until 1843, and died in 1855. His apprentice George Unite became a renowned silversmith in his own right.'
Hand Engraved with a fancy 'HS' which would originally been used as a personalised stamp for wax seals on correspondence, this piece is a scarce find nowadays and would make a fascinating gift for the collector.
Measures just over an inch tall. Joseph Willmore...
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