Category: Tennis and Racquet Sports
Subcategory: Figures & Novelty Items
Vintage Silver Badminton Spoon.
A wonderful silver coffee spoon by Baker Bros. Silver Ltd with a badminton racket and shuttlecock finial. It comes with original box and Birmingham silver hallmarks dating it to 1913, the box is complete but slightly rough. A very nice piece for the collector. With the hallmarks is B.B. over S.LD within a shield denoting Baker Bros. Silver Ltd of Birmingham.
The original firm was established in Birmingham in 1801 and later appears in an 1871 directory as Barker Brothers, silversmiths active in Paradise Street. In 1903 they moved to a new factory, Unity Works, Constitution Hill, Birmingham, where it remained until the 1980's whilst maintaining a London showroom during the early part of the 20th century. The firm was converted into a limited liability company in 1907 under the name Barker Brothers Silversmiths Ltd. The 1960's saw another change as they merged with Ellis & Co (Birmingham) Ltd, now becoming Barker Ellis Silver Co Ltd. The company went into administration in 1992.