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A pair of graduated meat skewers with shell and ring handles, by Thomas Barker London 1817, engraved with the coronet and initials of Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1840) .
Price: £2,250
                                                                                                          These skewers carry the coronet and initials of Prince Augustus Frederick (1773-1843), the 6th son of George III. In 1801, he was created Duke of Sussex and installed as a Knight of the Garter. He married twice, both times contrary to British law, and when he died was buried in Kensal Rise cemetery (rather than in a royal setting) to allow him to be near his second wife. On his death, Christies auctioned 'the truly magnificent collection of ancient and modern silver, silver-gilt and gold plate of his late Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex' including, as lot 23 a pair of skewers that weighed one pennyweight (0.6g) less than this pair. These can be assumed to be the present pair (indicating that they have had very little use in the intervening 165 years).

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A brightcut meat skewer, by IP (4 times) with duty mark - attributable to John Patrick of Plymouth Dock (d. 1846) who assayed items in Exeter between 1794 and 1809 , initialled {H} .
Price: £415.00
5782
Skewer SN 8653 A 13-inch long brightcut skewer by William Sumner, London 1790 crested with a demi-lion rampant grasping a fleur-de-lys.
Price: £395.00
8653
A 12" shell end skewer by George Smith London 1775, initialled {JEO}.
Price: £360.00
5642
A 14-inch skewer with a shaped octagonal terminal, London, 1805 by Solomon Hougham.
Price: £295.00
3468
SN 7956 A 13-inch skewer by Eley and Fearn, London 1815 crested with a wing.
Price: £285.00
7956
A brightcut skewer by George Smith, London 1785 crested with a snarling lion erased.
Price: £280.00
1590
A game skewer, by GM (script)- probably an unregistered mark for George Morris or George Methuen of London.
Price: £210.00
5676
A 9.5 inch bright-cut skewer marked MK once only, possibly Danish circa 1820 by Morten Bjerring Knudsen of Vejle.
Price: £195.00
9483
A skewer, by John Priestman London 1787 .
Price: £110.00
5783