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We are pleased to be offering you today a Important Antique Pair of English 19th century solid sterling silver momento grape / Launching Scissors with particular interest to Australian Maritime collectors and silver collectors alike.The ceremonial scissors are in the form of grape scissors. The silversmith company that crafted them were none other than Chawner and Co of London.The pair of sterling silver memento Scissors are in their original case and were for the Launching of the S.S.Corangamite on the 15th of April 1885 in England.The shafts of the sterling silver scissors are engraved with a depiction of the ship and engraved L.M.S,MEMENTO OF LAUNCH S.S.CORANGAMITE 15T APRIL 1885,with a full clear set of Hallmarks for London 1879 and the makers mark G.A for Chawner & Co (George William Adams).The Plush -Lined Fitted case has impressed gold initials to the top L.M.S which matches the engraved initials on the shafts of the Scissors.The initials are those of Miss Murray-Smith who was responsible for the Ceremonial Launching of the S.S Corangamite. Miss Murray-Smith was the Daughter of The Agent General In London For The Colony Of Victoria Australia and her Fathers name was Robert Murray-Smith.The S.S.Corangamite was a passenger / cargo ship and by all accounts a beautiful ship with no money spared on the accommodation and fit out.The Builder of the Ship was Messrs C.S Swan and Hunter and fitted with engines by the Wallsend Slipway and Engineering Company,to the order of Messrs Huddart,Parker,and Co Melbourne and Sydney and was launched from the yard of Messrs Swan and Hunter,Wallsend.The S.S. Corangamite was designed specifically to meet the demands of the growing cargo trade and growing transportation requirements of the colonial passengers and had a crew of 40. Unfortunately the S.S.Corangamite had a short life and while on a voyage in 1886 from Melbourne to Sydney and carrying 100 passengers and 40 crew ran aground on the headland in the Wreck Bay region near Sydney.There was no loss of lives but the S.S. Corangamite was a total loss. Besides the Australian historic importance of the Launching Scissors they are also made by a very famous English silversmith company Chawner and Co of London who held a Royal Warrant from King George the third and were the largest suppliers in Victorian England of High quality Sterling Silver Flatware and the quality and workmanship is very evident and of very good weight.
The condition of this pair of rare English solid sterling silver Scissors is in excellent condition as they are still in there original presentation case.They have a full set of clear London Hallmarks and makers mark.The shafts are engraved with all the information date and image of the Launch of S.S. Corangamite and a engraving of the ship and again beautiful condition.The Scissors come with the original fitted plush-lined case. The lid inside is worn and there is some splitting to the wood case on the inside hinge area and the press button that locks the lip closed does not work. Please look at our images and zoom in and ask if you need any more images or information.
Dimensions Length of Launching Scissors 17.3 cm.
Length of fitted case 21 cm.
Weight of scissors without
case 97.3 gram