This is an elegant, practical antique Georgian, Sheffield plate, covered serving dish. I say practical because it works wonderfully as a warming server. Boiling hot water can be poured into the bottom, perforated dish so that the second, independent dish can be nicely kept warm. It has been tried and it works.
Such an elegant piece is a nice statement. It’s covered lid has a removable handle and the server itself is raised as it stands on little bun feet.
It is in excellent condition with a bit of Sheffield plate copper bleeding through, around the feet and tiny areas on the body of the server (my photos illustrate this), a tiny dent on the body and a few scratches on the bottom of the serving dish, where you would expect there to be, if it was to be used. But bleeding and wear should be anticipated if the piece is genunie antique Sheffield plate silver, made and used in the Georgian period, circa 1815-1820-ish.
Starting from the top, the richly ornate, detachable handle of acanthus leaves, measuring 4” across and 2 ½” high, contrasts with the elegantly unadorned lid and body of the server, although detailed with an undulating raised border on the lid and around the body of the dish. And both the lid and body have classical indentations in the shape (regard photos).
The lid measures 12” long, 9” wide and 2 ½” high. This lid sits neatly and securely into the serving dish itself, which measures from the outside 12 ½’ long, 9 ¾” wide and 2” deep, which makes it a generous serving dish. The body of server, with its perforated, pewter lined top and a small opening to receive the boiling water, measures 12” long, 9” wide and 2” deep. This stands on the 1 ¼” bun feet. And on the server, the simple lines are embellished by the rich, acanthus leaved handles, measuring 2 ½” long and 1 ¼” deep.
On either side of the lid, a family’s personal crest (althought not actually crest shaped) has been etched into solid silver (the usual practice for antique Sheffield plate). It shows a muscular arm grasping a dagger type knife, with a motto in Latin, which translates to “No one can win”.
Antique Sheffield Plate Covered Server, Circa 1815-1820
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