An antique silver charger with ornate repousse and pierced work. The center of the charger is decorated with an ornate basket brimming with fruit, flowers, and garden tools. The basket has been beautifully detailed with an impressive weave design and at the base of the basket a rose bouquet supported by ribbon garlands rounds out the impressive scene. The pierced sides bear twelve cherubs connected by heavy rose garlands. The edges of the charger are finished with a cross banded design. The charger is marked for 800 silver, and has two Hanau makers mark. One mark is for Georg Roth & Co. (1891-1919) of Hanau. Roth has been noted for fine pierced work. The charger has a second mark that I am still researching. It is not uncommon to see Hanau pieces that carry pseudo hallmarks for 2 different companies. There is little information available about any form of interaction between companies, but it is generally accepted that there may have been an alliance between different firms. One firm could have been the retailer and one the agent. Also, it is believed that some firms that had to fill large orders for export may have found it necessary to purchase inventory from another firm. Many of the Hanau companies used marks similar to French marks from the 17th & 18th Century such as this piece with two crowned marks.
Measurements; 10 7/8" X ¾" high, approx. 10.6 troy oz.
Condition Report; very good, 2 bands in the pierced work have slight bends, some rubbing on the inside beaded edge, most likely from use and polish, normal surface scratches in accordance with age and use. Minor tarnish remains, I have left the piece as is, since the aged patina adds to the piece, leaving the decision to the owner.
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