Gorgeous large 15 1/4" wide antique English 14k gold on sterling silver 'vermeil' fruit or bread dish, a magnificent centerpiece with scalloped border & spiral fluting, flowers & fruit in deep bas relief and fabulous figural handles! Beautiful! We're more known for our French sterling silver treasures but that has never stopped me from expanding when I find truly spectacular pieces and this one definitely falls into that category. Large and heavy, it's 15 1/4" wide with those lovely handles and the bowl itself is an expansive 12" x 9". The piece bears London hallmarks with a date mark for 1895, the silversmith mark is for Joseph & Horace Savory of London (registered in 1884 for Goldsmiths' Alliance Ltd., ceased in 1893). Here's a bit of interesting history on Savory:
Adey Bellamy Savory (member of a family of Huguenot origin) established his business in 1812. Until 1833 he was variously listed as goldsmith (1812), dealer in foreign coins (1815) and spoons and forks manufacturer (1831). In 1833 his sons, Joseph Savory & Albert Savory, entered in the business and the firm changed its name to A.B. Savory & Sons. Their silver factory was at 5 Finsbury Place South. Meanwhile they continued to operate as dealers at various addresses in Cornell. In 1866 A.B. Savory & Sons was converted into a limited liability company and changed the name to Goldsmiths' Alliance Ltd. They operated in the new factory at 18 Red Lion Street, Clerkenwell. In 1893 the firm went voluntarily out of business and the activity was incorporated by the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd.
Besides silverware produced in its own workshop, Goldsmiths' Alliance traded pieces made by other manufacturer silversmiths. Its wide assortment of silver, Sheffield plate, electroplate, watches, clocks, gold chains, brooches, etc. was advertised in newspapers and periodicals and illustrated in price-lists sent in any part of the British dominions. Goldsmiths' Alliance Ltd had agents in Bombay, Madras, Calcutta, Ceylon, Sydney, Adelaide, Hobart and Melbourne. Between 1855 and 1865 the firm used the mark of its manager William Smily and from 1865 to 1879 that of Samuel Smily.
A scrumptious piece, guaranteed to impress!
Very good to excellent condition. There is a slight bit of wear to the vermeil on the raised spiral fluting on the inside of the bowl but no dents, damage or repairs to note. We haven't tested the gold but it's surely at least 14k, the French normally use 18k for information sake. I'll try to test in the next few days and add to the listing. See pictures for weight and all measurements.