A rare 18th Century sterling dish cross with attached burner by John Stamper & Edward Aldridge, London 174-1765, Geo III.
Dish crosses or dish warmers were introduced around the mid-18th century and were used on the sideboard or table to keep entree dishes of food warm. As dish rings fell into disuse, dish crosses were introduced to serve the same purpose. They were a great deal more practical than their predecessors because the supports and the feet were made to slide along the rods of the cross in order to contain various dishes. They were introduced during the time of George II and were used extensively throughout England.
They have sliding supports to accommodate most sizes and shapes of dishes. A few come with attached burners. Dish Crosses were sometimes fitted with Spirit Lamps / Burners which helped to keep the food hot. However, they never grew in popularity in Ireland and the dish ring remained there for many years.
They had a short lifespan as they started to fall from favor about 1790 when manufacturers started producing the entree dishes with fitted heated bases. Here is a very fine early example. It is Hallmarked with: Lion Passant /
Leopard w/ the Crown / Date Letter " I " / Maker's Marks of I S / E A in a cartouche on the bottom of the burner and is marked in various other places and pieces.
It is fully hallmarked on the base of the burner with partial
hallmarks on the arms and sliding supports, as pictured. It has a Jeweler's mark scratched into the bottom of " 68 ".
This dish cross weighs 27.1 ounces and 769 grams.
In very good original condition. A few minor dings usage scratches, but no damage or repairs.
Dimensions: 12 1/2" across.
Weight: 24.73 Troy oz.
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