This elegant circa 1900 solid sterling silver fruit serving set was made in London by silversmiths George Jackson and David Fullerton. Jackson and Fullerton established their partnership in Bristol in 1884, and produced a wide range of high end silver flatware and hollowware until dissolving the business in 1915.
The sterling fruit set consists of two long handled berry spoons and a pair of grape shears, all of which feature ornate bright cut decoration. The design includes cartouches which have not been monogrammed. The spoons and shears come complete in their original fitted velvet and satin lined presentation box from retailer/goldsmith/jeweller George Fox & Co of Southport, England.
The silver fruit set is in excellent condition with little to no sign of wear. The original velvet and satin lined box is structurally sound and has little wear to the the interior, while the exterior has scuffs and general wear consistent with age.
The three serving pieces bear the George Jackson and David Fullerton "GJ DF" maker's mark along with the London date mark for 1900, Lion Passant and leopard's head representing the London Assay Office. The two berry spoons measure 8.5" long and the engraved bowls are 2" across and 1" deep. The spoons weigh 2.1 troy ounces each. The grape shears are 6.25" long and weigh a substantial 3.15 troy ounces. The case itself measures 10" wide, 7" deep and 1.5" tall. The serving pieces and case weigh in at a combined 1lb 3oz.
This lovely set of matched sterling silver berry spoons and grape shears display beautifully and would be a fantastic addition to other silver serving pieces, or work equally well as a stand alone set. A highly collectible antique find!