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 Silver-hand.Silver Pheasant (A). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Silver Lining.
The prospect of better days, the promise of happier times. The allusion is to Milton’s Comus, where the lady lost in the wood resolves to hope on, and sees a “sable cloud turn forth its silver lining to the night.”   1

 Silver-hand.Silver Pheasant (A). 

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