Antique silver plate cover with nice molded details and a version of the Cunard Steamship Company Limited corporate mark from the c1891 to c1910 period, hence the c1900 mid-date (see all Photos). The Cunard Corporate mark consists of a British Royal Lion wearing a crown and standing rampant holding a globe while looking toward the viewer. The lion’s right foot is raised and placed on about the center of a long ribbon banner that is arranged and folded so that the Cunard company’s logo written on the ribbon can be read. The logo states ‘THE // CUNARD // STEAMSHIP // CO LTD (the double slashes // indicate where folds in the ribbon create line breaks in the text; see Photo 7).
There is a second mark that is stamped on the underside of the cover and indicates the name of the company that manufactured it. This second mark consists of four lines of text and is shown in Photo 9. The text indicates that the English firm of Harrison Bros and Howson made the cover. In 1847, the silver plate manufacturer of Thomas Sansom & Sons on Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England was acquired by James William Harrison, his brother Henry Harrison and James William Howson who together continued the factory under the name Harrison Brothers & Howson. James William Harrison retired in 1876 while the business continued as various sons and nephews joined the firm. Harrison Brothers & Howson was active at 67 Norfolk Street, Sheffield (1866-1896), expanding to include the Shoreham Street Works (1880) and than adding a factory along Carver Street in 1901. The fact that this second mark includes just the abbreviation ENG without the words ‘Made in’ before the ENG indicates that the cover was produced between c1891 and 1910 or so.
Additionally, Harrison Brothers & Howson opened showrooms in London with addresses at 11 Hatton Garden (1866) and 43-44 Holborn Viaduct (1885) and then moving to Regent Arcade House at 19-25 Argyle Street in 1941. Subsequently the company ceased manufacturing in the mid-1900s, however the brand of Harrison Brothers & Howson was then revived in 1978 under the logo Harrison Brothers & Howson Ltd. as a formal subsidiary of Ben J. Dix Ltd., London.
The silver plating on this cover is in good condition with no obvious worn spots or large dents (see all Photos; also see complete Condition notes farther below). This cover displays several finely molded features that include a sturdy reeded handle that is seated within a circle of reeds bound and tied together by ribbons crossed over each other (see Photos 1, 5 and 6). Also, the profile of this cover is simple but elegant as its outer rim completes an ogee curve (see Photo 2). Finally, the cover seems to be designed to either sit inside a special recessed rim opening that has an outer flange used to will hold the cover in place, or it is meant to rest directly on top of a plate or tray without a matching recessed rim socket. The special flatten and thickened outer rim edge on the underside of the cover (see Photo 4) and the wear along this thickened rim section seem to lend support to this alternate hypothesis.
So if you are looking for a history of transportation antique from an important steamship company, Cunard, that offered transatlantic passage between the UK/Europe and North America in the mid 1800s to mid 1900s, then make sure you seriously consider this silver plated cover while it is still available. As noted above, this particular Cunard item dates from the c1891 to c1910 period particularly when the Harrison Brothers & Howson mark is assessed. And as always, this Cunard cover also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy (see complete Return Policy details farther below). You also have the option to ask for a customized lay-away plan for purchasing this item (and others when combining orders) by simply requesting the terms you wish to use and then let Doc take care of setting it up and combining any items together as desired (payment installments may be modified at any time should the unexpected ever arise, just let me know by email and I’ll change the due dates).
SIZE & CONDITION: This cover stands about 3 inches tall to the top of its handle and measures 7 7/8 inches (diameter) across to the outermost edge of its rim. This cover weighs about 7/8 lbs and will end up being about 2 lbs for a final shipping weight. And typical of many silver plated items, this cover has a few surficial fine scratches but no deep cuts or major dents (see all Photos). There is a single tiny pin-point dent not easy to capture digitally. The silver polishes up nicely and has no major worn spots or permanent dark stains (see all Photos). Of course, if the buyer is not 100% satisfied, then she/he may return this cover for a refund (see our complete return policy for all details as stated below).
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Error by RL (Listed as RL884.a2183 but should be RL885.a2183 as per DocsAntiques)