A Magnificent English Victorian silver plated luxury biscuit box or cookie jar with embossed decoration and wheat finial to top of hinged lid. Made in 1854 - 1866 by James Dixon and Sons, marked and numbered 1880.
Having a round straight-sided body with hand-chased fluting and floral decoration, a hinged lid with ivory foliate finial, and sitting on an attached base plate with a gadroon border.
Large and very impressive box could be used also as decoration or a Tea Caddy or Tea Box.
Has pearls rim decorated base which stands on 3 ball feet.
Box with round body with applied bead-edged borders, straight sides and hand-chased swags of bead-work in a neoclassical style, a hinged domed lid with cast ivory finial, and all sitting on an attached plate with three cast ball feet
Base diameter : 7.2"/ 18,5 cm
High : 6"/ 15,4 cm
Jar Diameter : 5.2"/ 13,3 cm
Weight : 861 g
Very good vintage conditions.
JAMES DIXON & SONS
Business established in 1806 in Silver Street, Sheffield by James Dixon in partnership with a Mr. Smith. The firm became James Dixon & Son (1823), James Dixon & Sons (1835c.) and James Dixon & Sons Ltd in 1920. London showrooms were opened in London (1873), Sydney and Melbourne (1912). The figural trade mark 'trumpet and banner' (bugle) was registered in 1881.
The business of manufacturing silversmiths, platers and Britannia metal workers was commenced in c. 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 1823 Thomas Smith withdrew and William Frederick Dixon, the eldest son of James, joined the firm. In 1830, the firm began making silver and plated goods at Cornish Place by acquiring the firm Nicholson, Ashforth and Cutts.
When James Willis Dixon, the second son of James, joined the firm the name was changed to James Dixon & Sons. In 1836, the firm began to make spoons and forks from nickel silver - an alloy of nickel, copper and zinc starting from 1848 to produce electroplate.
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.
Dixon's costing book of 1879 includes designs by Christopher Dresser, registered from 1880, and these were produced until at least 1885, according to the trade catalogue issued in that year.
In the 1920s the firm began to use stainless steel to make both flatware and hollowware and the production of silver and silver plated goods declined. Stainless steel spoons and forks manufactured by James Dixon & Son carried the name "staybrite" and "Firth", as Firth Brown was the firm where "straybrite" steel was invented in the 1910s.
In 1920 the firm was converted into a limited liability company and in 1930 the firm of William Hutton & Sons Ltd of Sheffield was absorbed into James Dixon & Sons Ltd.
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