This exquisite silver salver was manufactured by S. Kirk in 1830. The hall mark on the back of the tray is stamped 11oz.. This doesn't refer to the weight of the piece but the purity of the silver which is 917/1000, or 91.7 % pure silver. This magnificent footed salver was fully hand engraved with what was referred to at that time as a Chinoiserie design or a Chinese design. The surface of the tray is engraved with scenes of Chinese style houses, flowers, trees and a bridge. The edge of this piece is finished with a rope border. This part of the 19th century was the height of what was referred to as the China Trade and Americans were fascinated by the Chinese culture and many aspects of art at that time reflected that interest. In the center of the tray is a coat of arms and a Latin inscription, "ANIMO NON ASTUTIA" which translates to "The Soul And Not Their own Craftiness" (I tried 5 different translation sights and it came out the same on each one).
The craftsmanship on this tray is superb and the subject matter makes this salver a true rarity.
Diameter: 12 1/2 "
Weight: 33.7 Troy oz.
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