A fine English Georgian sterling fish slice, fish lifter or fish knife dated 1821. The sterling blade is reticulated in the shape of fish bones, very meticulously worked. It has London marks, lion, crowned leopard, date code for 1821 (last year of crowned leopard) and makers mark William Eley and Willian Fern. The armorial is that of a fun lion's head and the letter "B" is below. (Would appreciate email if anyone knows the armorial.)
12 inches long and 2 2/3 broad. Very good condition with no bad scratches. There is an inscription on the back "To F B from E G B Dec 25th 1882. "
Note. According to the Observer's book of Silver, when fish came into contact with steel, it did not taste good. Paul Lamerie first invented the sterling fish slice around 1770. It is important that the blade also be sterling silver.