Among the Scottish-themed but English-made lots at Lyon & Turnbull's sale in Edinburgh on August 17 was a late Victorian presentation kettle-on-stand by Walker & Hall, Sheffield, 1899.
Generally this is not the most commercial of forms, but this example was modelled as a curling stone with the legs formed as two crossed brushes and engraved with winners of The Gordon Trophy Presented by Mr & Mrs Gordon for Annual Competition. Weighing 27oz, it doubled hopes, selling for £2200.
Looking ahead, L&T’s general silver sale in Edinburgh on September 13 includes another fine Victorian novelty: one of the most desirable of all antique mustard pots.
Modelled as a chimpanzee wearing an Oriental jacket smoking a pipe and spectacles, the hinged cover is formed as a hat with the spoon providing the plume. Made by Richards & Brown, London 1867, it is engraved to the underside with the initials WBE and a Victorian registration mark for February 26, 1842.