Victorian Trophy of Arms Silver Paperweight, 1860
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Overall: 18.5cm (7.25in) x 11.5cm (4.25in) x 3.8cm (1.5in)
Silver. Modelled as a Trophy of Arms in relief comprising crossed rifle-musket possibly of the 1853 Enfield Pattern, a regulation British officer’s Gothic hilted sword, a General Officer’s Mameluke sword, a socket bayonet and possibly an Indo-Persian dagger with crosshatched grip, all entwined with a wreath, swags and a sprays of victors’ laurels, applied to a blue veined claret coloured marble base. Part silver marks. Maker’s mark of Hunt & Roskell of New Bond Street, London.
The present silver relief probably started life as an adornment for a substantial military table centrepeice. John Hunt (d.1865) and Robert Roskell (d.1888) were the successors to the business originally founded by the pre-eminent English silversmith Paul Storr in 1819. Hunt joined Storr as an assistant at the start while Roskell, a watchmaker and merchant from Liverpool, joined in 1844. They were silversmiths and jewellers to Queen Victoria with premises 156 New Bond Street and a manufactory at 26 Harrison Street, near Clerkenwell.