Monday, April 10, 2017

English Silver Sandwich Markers

The Fast 1920s

English Silver and Celluloid Flag Sandwich Markers

The 1920s was a time when little things were somewhat important to the wealthy and here is something that never fails to impress. 

The little flags are all hallmarked sterling and the celluloid inserts slide right into the flags. Some have no words printed so that one could write their own. There are six little flags and lots of extras in the bottom row. Imagine marking the sandwiches with these miniature flags.

Even automobiles has sterling silver posy holders. On a visit to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn I once saw J P Morgan's Rolls on display and remember thinking that if you filled the engine with oil and started it it would probably purr like a cat. Quality is something that can never be overlooked but people need to be aware of what is quality.

It's always a good idea to look at antique silver and see how well it is put together. There is an old saying that things can look good from far but can be far from good when approached closely.

One good thing about working with an experienced dealer is that experienced experts can identify techniques that are a sign of quality. This is what I look for when scanning something that I have not seen before. It tells me how many hours were put into a piece and I use this to assign value.

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