This is a great little sterling dish by Reed & Barton. The date hallmark indicates ca 1931.
This features a beautifully cast Asian pattern and central motif of Chinese characters and stylized dragon in wonderful detail.
The hand crafted, minuscule detail on the base of the dish tends to keep your attention looking for things you may have missed.
The cast scene in the bottom of the dish has texture and you fill find your self feeling the pattern over and over.
A number of maker's marks are present on the outer body of the dish. The first of these is a horizontal tomahawk indicating Reed & Barton manufacture in 1931.
The second hallmark reads "Silver" and finally "5661" which would be the model or pattern number.
In remarkable condition, the dish features only a few minor, minimally patinated areas which we never polish so the buyer can made that decision.
We were told this was a butter pat dish, but we feel this is a tray to hold tea infusers. (We have not seen butter dishes with pictorial scenes on the bottom.)
If you are not a tea drinker, this makes an elegant and fun dish for catch-all items.
For its size, it has nice weight.
Measurements: Width: 2 7/8" Base: 2" diameter Height: ½" Circumference of upper lip: 9" Circumference of base: 6 ¾" Weight: 27.8 grams
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