Pair of Silver 'Pheasant' Placecard Holders

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Stock number: 20C267

Pair of Silver 'Pheasant' Placecard Holders

A beautiful pair of Edwardian silver placecard holders in the form of pheasants.

Each depicts a pheasant in relief on a semi-circle with engraved foliage background. They stand on oval silver bases.

The pheasants are beautifully modelled and carefully chased. They would look great on a dining-room table.

Placecard holders were a late Victorian favourite, which continued into the first three decades of the twentieth century. Silversmiths competed to design them in the most intricate styles, often using other materials including enamel and precious stones. They often came in pairs, or sets of 4 or 6. Each one was put in front of a table-setting, and the guest's name was written on a piece of card that fitted into the back.  Larger holders were designed for menus to be displayed in the centre of the table, and they were usually made singly.

This lovely pair of silver pheasant placecard holders was made in 1905 by Sampson Mordan of Chester -- a top firm of silversmiths specialising in small, intricate pieces.

  • Length of bases
    2 3/8 inches (6 cm)

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