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Lot 287 A white metal Nef, stamped 925
A Nef is an extravagant table ornament and container which first appeared during the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods and was formed in the shape of a Ship. With dual purpose; Nefs were used for decoration and to hold spices, salt, cutlery or latterly napkins.
The Nef would be placed in front of the most important person seated at the table to demonstrate their status.