A handsome antique silver and ebony baton from Hungary. Extra long size and probably originally used in a military band. The centre has a spiral band of silver decoration and at each end the baton has a decorative finial, one formed as a musical instrument. Length 49 cms. Marked on the centre strip and top finial with Hungarian marks. Circa 1930.
The nef was an important part of Continental elegant dining, bearing in its hollow hull the spoon, knife, napkin, spices of the host. When the use of great dining halls waned, the hull was fashioned to hold wine, sweetmeats or a variety of special condiments. A German silver large nef made by Neresheimer in Hanau at the end of the 19th century