An important table dinner bell by the renowned partnership of silversmiths Wakelin and Taylor, London, 1787. Turned ivory handle; the silver bell engraved with all-over decoration including motifs of foliate scrolls, birds, swags, and an armoured helm, together with a family crest. Size: 5 1/2 inches tall x 2 7/8 inches diameter. 8.16 troy ounces total weight. Condition: excellent, with a tight age crack to the ivory handle. Crisp hallmarks on inside of bell.
The partnership of John Wakelin and William Taylor commenced in 1777, successor to Parker and Wakelin. Wakelin and Taylor received a Royal Warrant and produced silver for the royal family and for many of the wealthiest families of Britain. Today several of their creations are in the Royal Collection.