A magnificent set of early Victorian Elkington silver plate wine coasters, with an attractive cast grape vine design with lovely detail. The coasters have turned wooden bases, with a central silverplate boss without engraving.
Both coasters carry a full set of marks, including makers mark "E & Co" into a shield. . The makers mark is followed by the date number P for 1854.
Elkington & Co are one of the most important names in English silver. The firm was founded in 1836, in 1838 they patented a new way to electroplate, and in 1851 they exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851 (Crystal Palace in Hyde Park) with great success. The company held Royal warrants from Queen Victoria until George VI. Most coasters produced between 1850 and 1900 were silverplate.
Excellent condition measuring 6" in diameter x 2 1/4" tall.
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