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Made in 1822 by William Chawner II of London, they feature agate handles and are thought to be unique. Finding such servers as a pair is unusual. They are priced at £2200. Each is engraved with a crest of five ears of wheat, suggesting that this was a special commission.

Silver specialist Schredds is among 39 dealers exhibiting at the Hampshire event, organised by Penman Antiques Fairs and running from February 1-3. Porcelain, jewellery, furniture and fine art are also on offer.

Among the first-time exhibitors is van Halm & van Halm, a specialist in oriental ceramics. It brings a blue and white Kraak porcelain plate decorated with a scene of horses in a garden. The border features moulded and painted pomegranates interlocked with flowers. Made during the Wanli period (1573-1619), it is offered for £2400.

The Petersfield fair has run for more than 40 years and is fully vetted with no datelines.

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