This nice server is great for serving either hot or cold food. Has engraved armorial crest with embossed gadroon edge. The large removable handle converts lid into second serving dish. The dish is in excellent condition with no dents, cracks or repairs and has only minor wear commensurate with age. Minor silver loss on bottom edges and base exposing the copper base metal (see photos).
Measures 5 1/2" high to top of handle, bottom dish measures 11 1/2" long and 8 1/2 wide. Lid (top dish) measures 10 3/4" long and 7 1/2" wide. Old Sheffield Plate is a process invented in 1742 where a sheet of sterling silver was fused onto a sheet of copper and then crafted by hand into almost any type item that had been previously made of solid silver. There was no requirement to mark "OSP" so most pieces are dated by style and the way they are made (which can fairly accurately date the piece within 5-10 years either way). The Industrial Revolution with the invention of electricity and other forms of mechanical items caused the demise of this industry.
In the 1840's the growth of electroplating began (known as silver plate today) and replaced this expensive and time consuming process. We at Antiques & Moore have been in the Antiques business for over 30 years and try to describe our items as accurately as possible. We are happy to answer any questions and always appreciate your business! English Old Sheffield Plate (OSP) 11.5 Covered Entree Dish, Armorial" is in sale since Friday, November 13, 2015.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Silverplate\Bowls". The seller is "antiquesandmooresales" and is located in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped worldwide.