Matched Set of Sterling Silver Pheasants, Circa 1890

A beautiful matched pair of antique silver pheasants, c. 1890. One struts with head and tail raised. The other pheasant flaps its wings, with head tilted to the side. With finely delineated feathers, half open beaks, and fierce eyes, this is an expressive pair of birds. 

These sterling birds were made circa 1890, a time in English history when pheasants motifs could be found on elaborate china patterns, tapestries, and silver pieces, just like this pair. This pheasant obsession came from the long-standing tradition of pheasant shooting,  popular group activities on English estates and country homes. 




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