An antique Victorian egg coddler by Hukin and Heath of Birmingham (a company of silversmiths closely linked to the work of Christopher Dresser in the later Victorian era). Nowadays, perhaps, the coddler might be used for storage, on a dressing table possibly, or as some form of caddy. The lid fits snugly.
The coddler rests on three scrolled legs. The lid of the coddler is embellised with a detailed applied leaf design and raised flower forming a terminal. The base of the coddler has the Hukin and Heath Mark, together with the numerals 1520, which is presumably the design number.
This egg coddler is without its burner or inner frame (which was so designed to have been detachable presumably for table use). The base of the round ledge which would hold the burner is slightly out of kilter, but that does not seem to affect the stability of the coddler as whole. However it is still a marvellous piece. The coddler is electroplated and has been cleaned but might benefit from further, more expert, cleaning. There is some degree of tarnishing but otherwise the plating is remarkably intact.
The coddler stands approximately 8.75in tall and the rim of the coddler measures about 4.25in in diameter. Exact age unknown but probably dates from 1878 to 1900.
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