Rare Set of Antique English Silver Plate Lobster Picks & Crackers - Set of 6
Antique 19th Century silver plated set of six Lobster picks and cracker by Lee & Wigfull, Sheffield, England. The partnership between George Shadford Lee and Henry Wigfull was dissolved in 1870. We believe these were made in 1860 as indicated by the style of the "S" stamp. Typical form, two pronged picks, used to extract meat from joints, legs and claws of lobster/crabs. Each handle is bowled and the body engraved with a lobster in the centre medallion. The cracker/pincer has a wonderfully smooth movement.
The set comes in its original leatherette and satin lined case.
The set was cased by Sam Lyon Jnr, of Blackpool, England.
We assume this was the retailer at the time as well as being the Watchmaker to the Admiralty! An impressive set for any dining table and worthy of any lobsters.
Pick length: 7.5"
George S. Lee was active in Charlotte Street Works, Sheffield, together with Henry Wigfull. The firm was described as Manufacturing Silversmith, Electro Plater and Britannia Metal Smith.
The partnership between George Shadford Lee and Henry Wigfull was dissolved in 1870. The business was continued by Henry Wigfull under the same style and address (John Street Works, Sheffield).
The firm was converted in 1899 into a limited liability company under the style of Lee & Wigfull (Sheffield) Ltd, Insignia Plate.