An unusual antique sterling silver model of a peacock with outstretched wings. The head is detachable, the eyes are inset with ruby glass stones, and each feather is mounted with semi precious glass stones. Beautiful realistic modelling. Good weight and colour. Weight 585 grams, 18.8 troy ounces. Height 20 cms. Spread 18 cms. Base 15 x 7 cms. Marked on the feathers with continental Hanau silver marks. Circa 1900.
This attractive bird is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Marked on the feathers and neck with Hanoi silver marks.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
The antique silver industry of Hanau specialised in excellent copies of old master silversmiths’ work, particularly Nuremberg pieces, double lady cups, old goblets, snuff boxes and so on. These copies were marked with fantasy marks, somewhat resembling old marks, which also harmonized with the style of the piece. For example, French rococo style reproductions are marked with French looking marks, German seventeenth century-inspired pieces got German-looking marks, and so on. These marks were usually in a style reminiscent of seventeenth and eighteenth century maker's marks.