C late 1800's- early 1900's
Lovely shade of golden amber lead crystal glass is the background for design featuring four leaf clovers (more scarce than shamrocks). All designs are done in Sterling silver deposit aka silver overlay. Glass has a beautiful ring when struck.
Graceful urns are framed by an oval of four leaf clovers. Same clovers appear in sprigs of foliage throughout the border of the plate.
Handle, base of handle and edges are also done in sterling silver overlay.
Plate is marked STERLING. Measures 10-3/8" in diameter and 4" in height'.
Depending on which angle you view this beautiful piece, the silver will appear as bright sterling silver under direct light or darker-looking almost black from another angle or different lighting. Under any lighting this plate is just gorgeous.
Condition is very good antique. Some silver overlay has worn off as you can see in the photos. Most silver deposit remains. Only a few small areas show where the silver has worn.
Top surface is nice and smooth. Bottom has only a few scratches which are really not noticeable when plate is placed on flat surface.
John H. Scharling developed and patented a method of electroplating the silver so that the silver that touched the glass did not tarnish as it previously did. Glassmakers produced this elegant design from 1995 into the 1920's.
Silver deposit glass was looked upon as an exquisite, exceptional gift or accent piece for a particular table or shelf. Due to the expense in creating designs in sterling silver, very few pieces exist that were made after the 1920's.
It is a beautifully done and pretty rare plate and will look great displayed or holding sandwiches.