Victorian novelty silver and glass sugar shaker by renowned silversmiths William Hutton & Sons Ltd. The shaker of fine form with cut glass body stood upon four glass feet. The head of the shaker modelled as an owl in sterling silver with glass eyes and simulated feather holes for releasing the sugar. Hallmarked to the internal silver collar William Hutton & Sons London assay office emblem, lion passant, uncrowned leopard and date letter T (1894). Registered number reading 229737 to the back of the owls head.
Lot Notes: Known for high quality decorative and table pieces William Sutton & Sons Ltd were originally established in Birmingham by William Hutton in 1800. The firm transferred premises to Sheffield in 1832 where it continued to become a well established silversmith in the industry for both solid and plated silver working from 27 High street or later known as 140-146 West Street. After William Hutton’s death the firm continued to grow and were still active under the guidance of Hutton’s son William Carr Hutton until 1864 when the name was change to William Hutton & Son to incorporate both the founders son and Herbert Hutton Sr. William Carr Hutton’s son in partnership.
A London showroom was opened in 1963 at 13 Thavies Inn Holborn until 1891, and then later 7 Farrington Road until 1918. William Carr Hutton died in 1865 and around 1870 Herbert Hutton Sr. was joined by his brothers James Edward Sutton and Robert Sutton and the name was changed to William Hutton and Sons. In 1893 they acquired silversmiths Rupert Favell & Co in London and became William Hutton & Sons Ltd in the same year. Continuing their large success they acquired Creswick & Co in 1902 and began to use a crossed arrow hallmark.
The company ceased trading after becoming bankrupt in 1930 due to a lack of foresight by the chairman of the board of directors and was absorbed the same year by James Dixon & Sons one of the major British manufactures of the industrial revolution.
Lot Reference: For a similar piece by William Hutton and Sons Ltd see Bonhams The Gentleman’s Library Sale 24th February 2021 Lot 473 ‘A Victorian Novelty Silver & Glass Inkwell’
Measurements: 7.5cm High x 3.8cm Wide x 3.8cm Deep
Condition: Excellent, minor use wear.
*please note you are purchasing the sugar shaker only. Picture with claret jug for size