A large pair of vintage (possibly antique) plated cutlery rests in the form of a straight bar supported by a large ball intersected by curved metal downward bars terminating themselves in smaller balls.
The underside of the rests bears the mark WH and an S then BP A1 which is probably the mark for William Hutton and Sons. The firm was established in Birmingham in 1800 by William Hutton, and was transferred to Sheffield in 1832. After the founder's death the business was continued under the style of William Hutton by his son William Carr Hutton. The firm was transformed into William Hutton and Sons in 1864 and William Hutton and Sons Ltd from 1893 to 1930. In 1930 goodwill transferred to James Dixon and Sons Ltd. These rests probably date from 1864 to 1930 but are probably from the earlier part of last century, or the second part of the nineteenth century.
The rests have been cleaned, but might benefit from further, more expert, cleaning. Both rests show slight surface scratching commensurate with age and use (a little difficult to show in the photographs). One of the rests is slightly wobbly when placed on a flat surface.
The rests each measure just under 3.75in across at its wides, and the bar stands just over 1in high. Exact age unknown but believed to date from the first part to middle of last century. Together the cutlery rests weigh just under 100g.
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