Elegant & rare antique English Edwardian era Mappin & Webb hallmarked sterling silver & solid genuine carved ivory stilton cheese scoop, a large heavy serving implement in wonderful condition! We've only had a handful of these old stilton cheese servers over the years and they always seem to sell as quickly as we can find them. This one in heavy solid sterling silver, solid carved ivory handle and simple enough to easily fit into your existing fine table ensemble. The stem bears the hallmarks of Mappin & Webb, London date mark for 1904. Nearly pristine, don't miss it!
Very good to excellent condition. A very slight separation near the top of the handle, sterling collar or ferule where it meets the sterling blade. No chips or cracks to the ivory handle. See pictures for weight and measurements.
The vast majority of worked and antique object tortoise shell material comes from the shells of two species of sea turtles: the hawksbill (Eretmo-chelys imbricata) and, more rarely, the green turtle (see box A). The shells of these turtles exhibit attractive patterns that normally consist of light to dark brown patches, though a homogeneous “cream”-colored variety called blond tortoise shell also exists.
IMPORTANT NOTE regarding antique tortoise shell or ivory: We are great supporters of protection for endangered species in our modern world. We never buy or sell anything 100 years or newer; we donate to anti-poaching organizations; we don't hunt; we conserve in ways that impact global warming (we're totally solar at home), knowing those measures also protect the animals in the wild today. We also recognize the vast cultural history we preserve with our care and reverence for these antique objects, and agree with CITES that objects over 100 years of age have nothing whatsoever to do with species depletion in our current world.
Our offering exceeds the age limitation of "more than 100 years of age", and is well within the exemption for CITES regulation. If imported, met the CITES regulation. This item will be handled and shipped from our Utah business, and is not available for shipment internationally, nor within the USA to California, NY, Nevada, Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington if it contains ivory, sorry. Please see our small print for more details.