This Family Heirloom, belonging to my great grandmother is a perfect example of what would be seen on only the best dressed dining tables of the era.Made by the Derby Silver Company in Birmingham Connecticut.The company was founded in 1872 by partners Simpson,Hall and Watson Miller.They made just about anything made of silver or silver plate from toiletry items to trophies.Quite often they were also commissioned to produce one of a kind special orders.Due to the depression the company closed it's doors in 1933.This exquisite example is heavily silver plated which has remained in excellent condition due partly to that fact and that it has been well cared for.The shape of these early butter dishes was to house butter that was sold at the time in 1 pound circular cakes.The bottom of the dish served as a ice chamber with the pierced liner resting above.A knife rest was added to the side to keep diners from using their already used knives ( sort of a NO double dipping idea ) away from this precious commodity.As Shown in photos this delicious piece is in amazing condition.These pieces were sold without the butter knives ,you were to use your own from your silverware set.The one I am including is the one that has always accompanied the dish and is lovely along side and is sterling with a floral design and a letter "S" engraving.The dish measures 10" x 7 1/2" and sits almost 7" high.
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