Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece - Antique Victorian (1891). An exceptional, fine and impressive antique sterling silver nef / centrepiece; an addition to our ornamental silverware collection. The surface of the vessel is ornamented with impressive chased decoration in the style of wooden panels, in addition to scrolling motifs. The jib sail is embellished with a bright cut engraved shield shaped coat of arms depicting a knight's helmet and scrolling feather plumage. The exceptional antique nef is further ornamented with impressive cast components including a central tent structure, twisted rope ladders, four crow's nests with scrolling ornamentation, five flags and an array of sterling silver sailor figures.
The silver nef is positioned upon four impressive cast wheels ornamented with scrolling decoration. Such impressive examples of sterling silver nefs in such an exceptional condition are becoming increasingly difficult to locate.
A NEF was originally an extravagant table ornament created to hold spices or wine. Latterly nefs became more ornate and decorative, foregoing their functional use. A nef would be placed in front of the most important person seated at the table as a mark of their status.This silver nef is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional presentation condition. Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this fine example of antique silver. Andrew Campbell founder and owner of AC Silver has been dealing in antique diamond & gemstone jewellery and antique sterling silver since 1977. In addition to his high quality Newcastle-based shop, Andrew has developed what is now an established and internationally recognised online store.
For more details see our About Us. FREE OF CHARGE to all customers - including national and international deliveries. The item "Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Nef / Centrepiece 1891" is in sale since Friday, September 24, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (.925)\Other Antique Sterling Silver".The seller is "acsilver925" and is located in Newcastle upon Tyne. This item can be shipped worldwide.