Has fancy engraved Coat of Arms on top with banner which reads "Mon Desire Loyalte". This gorgeous dish is in excellent condition with no damage to the exterior body and only minimal surface wear from normal use. Interior dish has wear to the silver layer on inside and minor denting to silver around edge of removable serving dish and outside edge of top dish (see photos).Measures 9 1/2" high, 12 1/2" long and 8 1/2 wide. Interior dish measures 1 7/8" high, 12" long and 9 wide. This is a stunning and a quality piece of Old Sheffield Plate and an unusual, larger size. With the silver being fused over copper, the tray has a nice heavy weight of 8.6 pounds. 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! The item "Monumental 19th C. English Old Sheffield Plate (OSP) Covered Entree Dish" is in sale since Wednesday, October 15, 2014.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 to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Jordan, Peru, Paraguay, Viet nam, Uruguay, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Reunion.