What do you do if you're not impressed with the quality of silverware you want? Well, if you're Thomas Roberts in the City of London in 1908 you just start up your own manufacturing silversmith and cutler establishment, hire some of the best craftsmen in the country and soon have the reputation of being the finest silver showroom anywhere in London.
And that's what Roberts & Doré did. It was an instant success with the company supplying the top London stores and exporting all over the World, including special commissions for international royalty and many governments. Their old letterheads state... “Contractors to H M Government”. They also produced a special trophy for the American Kennedy dynasty. As late as 1990, Roberts and Dore were appointed as silversmiths to The Royal Guard of Oman.
So we present you with this solid sterling silver dish which has the R & D hallmark for Roberts & Dore, the lion passant for sterling, the cat head for London, and the small ~n~ letter date which indicates this was made in 1968.
The dish measures 3 3/4 inches across by 1/2 inch high. It weighs a hefty 80.3 grams. It appears to be solid with no indication of being weighted though we don't know what, if anything, is inside the short pedestal base at bottom.
The center is engraved with CHC with a Crown symbol over the ~H~. We have no idea what the letters stand for...you can make up your own motto or, with any luck, these are your initials.
A very nice vintage dish from a very prominent English silver maker. Excellent vintage condition. No notable dents, scratches or dings.
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1960s English Roberts & Dore Sterling Silver Dish