This extravagantly-chased and engraved European dish measuring 7-1/2"X12-3/4" is totally covered on the face with very deep relief detail comprised of a medieval village scene which looks like it could be anywhere on the continent. On the elevated portion of the edge are ten different vignettes of rustic village life, from dancing drinking and cavorting to quiet, domestic tranquility. Interspersing these vignettes are an array of windmills, cottages, barns, wagons, linked together with leafy tendrils and flowers. The profusion and details of the silver work is impressive.
Examination of the back yields a clearly-struck "U J E P" (each letter surrounded by a shield) "HALLMARK", "H707". Lightly scratched next to it is "Turano" (Turin?). On the center of the bottom is also deeply scratched the numbers: "1317-5". It has been tested and found to be a copper core with a very heavy silver plating--probably an expensive souvenir from Turin, Italy. We're pretty certain it's of 20th century vintage; certainly not older despite its 18th century look.
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