James Dixon English Sterling Silver Captain's Dinner Bell in Mid-Century Modern Style
James Dixon & Son English, 20th century, sterling silver captain's dinner bell with highly realistic fish around the body. Some parts of the body are finely engraved, giving great allure to this Mid-Century Modern piece. It measures 12 1/2'' in height by 4 1/2'' in diameter at the widest point, weighs 18 troy ounces, and bears hallmarks as shown.
The business of manufacturing silversmiths, platers and Britannia metal workers was commenced in 1806 by James Dixon in conjunction with Thomas Smith in Silver Street, Sheffield. In 1824 they moved to Cornish Place, a large site, which enabled them to expand and develop the workshops, casting shops, offices and warehouses. In the 1850s, several new buildings were constructed in Cornish Place to accommodate a stamp shop, showrooms, plating shops for the electro-plate processes and more warehouse space. The firm exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851, being awarded several prizes in different classes for silver and Britannia metal.
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