Norwich silver

A selection of Norwich silver to be offered by Sworders as part of a Fine Interiors sale on June 13-14.

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The 12 pieces come from Bixley Manor, the estate of businessman Sir Timothy James Alan Colman (1929-2021), the great-grandson of Jeremiah James Colman (1830-98), the man who turned Colman’s Mustard into an international brand.

Norwich silver is particularly sought after as the city’s Assay Office closed in 1702.

Many of the pieces of silver in the June 13-14 auction formed part of an exhibition of East Anglian silver held at the Castle Museum, Norwich in 1966.

Five spoons and two beakers in the collection carry the mark EH for the remarkable Elizabeth Haselwood (1644-1715). A member of the Haselwood family of silversmiths that prospered for three generations from c.1625-1740, she took over the workshop when her husband Arthur Haselwood II died in 1684.

On offer here are seven trefid spoons with marks ranging from 1675-97 (estimated at £500-1200 each) and two plain beakers marked for 1688 and 1697 that are guided at £2000- 3000 and £2500-3500.

Three pieces by Thomas Havers (c 1647-1732), a one-time mayor of Norwich, include a William and Mary tankard marked for Norwich 1691 that carries expectations of £4000-6000.