An 8in (19cm) high Neresheimer & Söhne silver model of an elephant with a detachable head, import marks for 1902 – £4200 at Noonans.

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The firm attended a series of the international exhibitions in the late 19th and early 20th century – including the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition and the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St Louis – as it began exporting its range worldwide.


Neresheimer & Söhne 11in (27cm) high silver model of a heron with detachable head – £2400 at Noonans.

Its market niche was a large range of antique reproductions plus realistically modelled table ornaments formed as birds and animals. Many were imported to the UK via wholesale silver and jewellery firms such as Berthold Muller.


Neresheimer & Söhne silver turkey with import marks for Berthold Muller, London 1910 – £1400 at Noonans.

Nine works by Neresheimer & Söhne featured in a ‘silver menagerie’ offered as part of an auction of Selected Silver and Objects of Vertu at Noonans (24% buyer’s premium) in Mayfair on November 29.

The property of a gentleman, the collection numbered more than a dozen Dutch, German and English silver animals from the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

Pictured here is a selection of pieces, all sold within estimates.