Gorgeous, antique, ornate, Old Sheffield silver plate, oval serving tray with family armorial crest on an inlaid sterling silver shield. This double handled tray has a gadroon rim. In the center, on the inlaid silver shield is an armorial crest of a crowned, rampant lion holding an axe in a wreath. In the exact middle of the shield is a tiny dot which, "was always made in the centre of such shields by which the engraver could identify his central point"--see 10th picture (It's the underside of the shield where the tin wore off). It's a clearer picture of the central "dot". According to Gf. Bernard Hughes in his book Sheffield Silver Plate, "The presence of a silver shield is an indication the piece is genuine Sheffield plate:". The underside was tinned. This was standard for early Sheffield plate. As Hughes explains, "the underside coated with tin, polished and burnished until to the casual eye it closely resembled the hue of Sheffield plate. This continued until about 1830." See pictures to see where the silver layer is folded over in the traditional workmanship fashion. There are some spots on the face where the base copper is showing through--which is desirable. Absolutely gorgeous. The uses for this tray are endless. Makes a wonderful butlers tray, tea tray, serving tray, centerpiece or just to display.
Measurements: Approx 23 1/4" long handle to handle, 20" without handles x 15 3/8" wide.
Marks: No makers marks that I can see which is common with Old Sheffield plate.
The tray is in good antique condition. Has some small areas on the face and areas on the underside of the handles where the base metal slightly peaking through (see pics) which I feel adds to its charm and character. The underside the tin has worn away in much of the area over the last few hundred years. Some typical signs of age and use like light surface scratches scuff/buff marks. No obvious damage I can see.
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