Antique silver toothpick or cocktail stick holder, Brazil, or Portugal circa 1850. The holder in the form of an exotic draped figure holding aloft a globe in one hand and an eagle in the other on knopped stem in turn on circular stepped base. The spread wings of eagle and the globe pierced allowing for cocktail sticks or toothpicks. Acid tested for silver and likely made in Brazil or Portugal. There are hallmarks but impossible to discern clearly as it is in decoration around base of stem. Disposable wooden toothpicks were introduced in the early 19th century; figural holders to display the toothpicks on the table became popular in Continental Europe, particularly in Portugal, Brazil, and Italy. Height 5.25 inches. Spread: 3.00 inches. Weight: 190 grams. Condition: Good, reflections from photography only.
Antique silver toothpick or cocktail stick holder Brazil or Portugal circa 1850by Louis Wine
Antique silver toothpick or cocktail stick holder Brazil or Portugal circa 1850
Louis Wine Ltd., Toronto specialists in Antique Silver , Antique Jewellery & Decorative Arts, are a 4th generation family business.Louis Wine (1865-1946) founded the company in Dublin, Ireland in 1880. Louis Wine began selling to silver collectors in Dublin from a shop in historic Wellington Quay. In 1908, he located on Dublin's fashionable Grafton Street. To the firm came the worlds leading Georgian Silver collectors. Pieces by Paul de Lamerie, Paul Storr, Hester Bateman and Irish Georgian Silver were constantly on display. Our gallery run by Richard (Louis Wine's great grandson) at 150 Cumberland Street (Yorkville), Toronto, displays a range of fine Antique Silver, Old Sheffield Plate, Antique Jewellery & Decorative Arts from the 18th-20th century, including Bateman, Storr, Ramsden, Tiffany, Knox, Liberty, Jensen, Christopher Dresser.