This beautiful silver tray was manufactured by S. Kirk & Son, circa 1880. It is stamped 11 oz.. This does not refer to the weight of the tray but to the purity of the silver with which the tray was made. 11oz. equates to 91.66% pure silver. The craftsmanship that was used in the making of this tray is truly superb. The floral border of the tray was sculpted in wax and then cast. The bottom of the tray was machine engraved with little squares and in the center of the piece is a hand engraved circle of leaves encircling a flat plate. The tray sits upon four ball and claw feet. As you look at this tray you can see that it is a beautiful piece, "BUT", I believe that this tray has been repaired. It is a very good repair job and as you look at the tray you could never see the repair, but if you look at the back of the tray you can see a discoloration in the silver. This is because at one time there was a monogram in the center of the tray and someone did a bad job of removing it. The flat disk in the center of the piece was applied with silver solder to cover up the sloppy removal job. The thing that saves this piece is that the center disc was applied by a talented silversmith. I believe that I have the responsibility of revealing any repair that has been done to any piece of silver that I offer for sale.
Weight: 11.96 Troy oz.
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