Antique Victorian Novelty Silver Plated Miniature Garden Spade - Circa 1890

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller century-antiques-uk (1,125) 100%, Location: Wigston, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 333043156632 Antique Victorian Novelty Silver PlatedMiniature Garden Spade - Circa 1890 ~Welcome to my auction for this lovely little miniature garden spade~ This is a nice and unusual antique item for a collector and it would certainly make a nice gift for a keen gardener! The Victorian were great lovers of novelty items and silversmith capitalised on this trend in the second half of the 19th century. This item has been modelled as a regular garden spade with its rectangular 'blade' and and half moon shaped handle.It's likely that this item had a practical purpose originally, perhaps as a preserve spoon or even for something as exotic as caviar serving spoon - the normal wear to the item suggests it's been used in a culinary capacity rather than just being an ornamental item. The blade part of the item is decorated with a hand engraved scroll pattern that was fairly typical of its era - this area is the only part that is decorated. As mentioned in the title, the item has been made in silver plate and most likely has nickel as its base metal - solid sterling silver hallmarked spades can command high prices, so this silver plated example is great value and a fraction of the price.There are no makers marks to the item but judging by the style, quality and age related patina the piece will date from the period of circa 1880 - 1900 - I've sold a fair number of these and they almost always date from the late 19th century. The item measures 16.3cm in length and is 2.8cm at its widest point - the total unpacked weight is 31.9g. The condition of the item is good with the silver plated finish being virtually intact - naturally, given its age there are some contact marks and very light scratches here and there from just normal use - certainly nothing serious that would be classed as damage or a fault. Please study the images provided to satisfy yourself as to the condition of the item - if you have any further questions please ask and I'll be happy to oblige. Postage to U.K. addresses is £2.45 (signed for) - postage to international addresses is £9.95 (tracked / signed for). Thanks for looking! Condition: Good condition - just normal signs of use commensurate with its age - please see pictures and description., Victorian Garden Tool: Victorian Silver Plated Garden Tool, Age: 1850-1899, Product: Miniatures, Victorian Miniature Garden Spade: Antique Miniature Garden Spade, Style: Victorian, Composition: Silver Plate

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