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Trays & Plates

The first Antique Silver Trays were oval shaped and did not appear until the late 18th century. The rectangular form was not generally seen until the early 1800’s. Some early salvers were originally called trays however this term is only used now when there are side carrying handles. Large trays are often called tea trays and were often made as part of an extensive and fully matching tea service. Long slender trays are popular for use as drinks trays. Extra large trays are particularly prized by interior designer for use as a coffee or side table.

Antique Silver Salvers. From the 17th century until the reign of George I salvers were raised on a pedestal foot. This form is often called a “tazza”. By 1700 some were made with the foot unscrewing. Very occasionally this type will also have 3 or 4 feet so that the salver can be used on a lower level. The traditional form of salver with plain flat surfaces and small feet at the edge, rarely found before the reign of George I, was made in various forms such as round, rectangular, oval and octagonal and these are an ideal starting off point for collectors of early silver. The term “waiter” is not commonly used but relates to small examples less than 6 or 7 inches; these have become very popular now to stand a bottle or wine glass.

Antique Silver Dinner Plates and Meat Dishes. Dinner plates were usually made in dozens and larger quantities and often came as part of a suite of dishes including soup plates, oval serving plates and mazerines. These dishes very often came from grand houses and have finely executed coats of arms.

Chargers and Sideboard Dishes make an impressive show. They can be used as large serving dishes although some examples, with ornamental borders and centre panels, were probably just purely decorative.

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Trays & Plates

The first Antique Silver Trays were oval shaped and did not appear until the late 18th century. The rectangular form was not generally seen until the early 1800’s. Some early salvers were originally called trays however this term is only used now when there are side carrying handles. Large trays are often called tea trays and were often made as part of an extensive and fully matching tea service. Long slender trays are popular for use as drinks trays. Extra large trays are particularly prized by interior designer for use as a coffee or side table.

Antique Silver Salvers. From the 17th century until the reign of George I salvers were raised on a pedestal foot. This form is often called a “tazza”. By 1700 some were made with the foot unscrewing. Very occasionally this type will also have 3 or 4 feet so that the salver can be used on a lower level. The traditional form of salver with plain flat surfaces and small feet at the edge, rarely found before the reign of George I, was made in various forms such as round, rectangular, oval and octagonal and these are an ideal starting off point for collectors of early silver. The term “waiter” is not commonly used but relates to small examples less than 6 or 7 inches; these have become very popular now to stand a bottle or wine glass.

Antique Silver Dinner Plates and Meat Dishes. Dinner plates were usually made in dozens and larger quantities and often came as part of a suite of dishes including soup plates, oval serving plates and mazerines. These dishes very often came from grand houses and have finely executed coats of arms.

Chargers and Sideboard Dishes make an impressive show. They can be used as large serving dishes although some examples, with ornamental borders and centre panels, were probably just purely decorative.

  • 1634

    Benjamin Francis

    9394 Charles I Silver Tazza

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    A fine piece of early English sterling silver. An antique sterling silver footed salver (or paten) of plain form with a simple reeded border. Small size. Superb colour. Uninscribed. Total weight 93 grams, 3 troy ounces. Diameter 12.5 cm. Height 2.5 cm. London 1634. Makers mark possibly “BF” for Benjamin Francis (Jackson’s page 109), a known maker of salvers and patens.

  • 1661

    Richard Farmer

    9659 Charles II Silver Charger

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    A rare antique silver dish dating from Charles II period having the high relief embossing of animals, flowers and foliage, typical of the period. The quality of the decoration is excellent and the animals (lion, dog, stag and deer) are very charming. Weight 1172 grams, 31.1 troy ounces. Scratchweight 38=14. Diameter 41cm. London 1661. Maker “RF”, probably Richard Farmer (page 122 Jacksons Silver and Gold Marks”. Sterling silver.

  • 1664

     

    6134 Charles II Silver Plate

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    A fine example of early English silver having excellent patina and very clear hallmarks to the front of the plate. Of plain, circular shape the plate has a wide border with chased reeded edge. There are prick mark initials to both sides and a date of 1665. Weight 334 grams, 10.7 troy ounces. Diameter 24.25 cms. London 1664. Makers mark “H” in a heart.

  • 1667

    William Norman

    9673 Charles II Gilt Silver Salver on Foot

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    An outstanding piece of early English silver. A rare antique silver tazza, dating from Charles II period, having a plain form, thick gadroon borders, and a bright gilt finish. To the centre is a large, hand engraved coat of arms within a plumage feathers cartouche, very typical of the period. The quality of the piece is excellent and the finish is very crisp. Weight 1135 grams, 36.4 troy ounces. Diameter 33cm. Height 6.2cm. Sterling silver. London 1667. Maker “WN ”, probably William Norman* (courtesy of Dr David Mitchell’s “Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London”). Maker “WN ”, probably William Norman* (courtesy of Dr David Mitchell’s “Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London”). There is a gilt salver on foot by Norman in the Duke of Portland’s collection catalogued in 1935.

  • Circa 1670

    William Harrison

    10343 Charles II Antique Silver Charger

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    A rare antique silver rose water dish of substantial size dating from Charles II period. The high relief embossed decoration of flowers and foliage is typical of the time. Excellent quality. The centre is engraved with a large hand engraved armorial and crest. Weight 1258 g, 40.4 troy oz. Diameter 44.5cm. London circa 1670. Maker William Harrison. Sterling silver.

  • Circa 1680

    Ralph Leake

    8895 Charles II Silver Tazzas

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    A fine pair of early English sterling silver footed salvers with a thick reeded border. Hand engraved to the centre of each is an armorial engraved within plumage feathers (the marital arms of Banks and Dethick*). You can still see the hand hammered finish on the feet. Total weight 758 grams, 24.3 troy ounces. Diameter 23.5 cms. Height 6 cms. Makers mark only stamped to the top of each for Ralph Leake (Jacksons page 137). Circa 1680.

  • 1691

     

    4628 William and Mary Antique Silver Tazza

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    A fine early silver footed salver with a thick gadroon border. There is an armorial engraved to the centre. The base engraved with initials in old script. London 1691. The foot stamped with lion only. Maker “D” (see Jacksons page 139).

  • 1692

    Benjamin Pyne

    10365 William and Mary Antique Silver Tazza

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    A fine quality antique silver footed salver with a gadroon edge and cut card applied work to the underside. A rare feature is the screw action detachable foot. Heavy gauge silver. Hand engraved to the top is a marital coat of arms for Raymond and Jemmett. Weight 575g, 18.4 troy oz. Diameter 19cm. Height 7.5cm. London 1692. Maker Benjamin Pyne. Sterling silver.

  • 1699

    Samuel Hood

    10257 William III Antique Silver Tazza

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    An excellent early English silver footed salver with a broad gadroon border to the top and foot. Britannia standard silver*. To the centre is a hand engraved armorial for the Scott family within a decorative cartouche. Weight 395 grams, 12.7 troy ounces. Height 7.3cm. Diameter 24cm. London 1699. Maker Samuel Hood. *Britannia standard silver. 17th century.

  • 1700

    Ralph Leake

    8937 Antique William III Silver Dinner Plates

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    A rare set of 12 antique silver plates of plain design with a broad rim. Britannia standard silver*. Each has a hand engraved coat of arms for Stanley impaling Sloane. Lovely patina and excellent original condition. This is the earliest form of plate you can hope to find in a dozen set. Weight 5,311 grams, 170 troy ounces. Diameter 24.2 cms (outside rim), 16 cms (inside rim) London 1700. Maker Ralph Leeke (or Leake).

  • Circa 1700

     

    9029 Antique Spanish Silver Wall Plaque

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    A highly decorative piece of early continental silver. An antique sterling silver figural plaque in high relief with gilt highlights. The scene, taken from the Old Testament of the Bible, depicts the story of Abraham and Isaac. Height 46cm. Width 27.5cm. Stamped in many places with 2 continental silver marks. Probably Spanish circa 1700.

  • 1702

    John Downes

    8688 Queen Anne Antique Silver Tazza

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    A fine early silver footed salver with a thick gadroon border. Britannia standard silver*. There is a hand engraved crest of a lion to the centre. Weight 611 grams, 19.6 troy ounces. Height 4.25 cms. Diameter 29.5 cms. Marked on top for London 1702. Maker John Downes.

  • 1702

    Edward Ironside

    9863 Queen Anne Antique Silver Tazza

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    A very charming early silver footed salver with a thick gadroon border to the top and foot. Britannia standard silver*. There is a hand engraved crest of a stag to the centre. Weight 285 grams, 9.1 troy ounces. Height 6.2cm. Diameter 20.1cm. London 1702. Maker Edward Ironside.

  • 1703

    John Lofthouse I

    7495 Queen Anne Antique Silver Footed Salver

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    A lovely early English antique silver tazza with simple reed border and pedestal foot. Britannia standard silver*. Beautiful plain style typical of the period. Hand engraved to the centre is a contemporary cartouche of scrolling foliage around a lion within a shield. Weight 469 grams, 15 troy ounces. Diameter 24 cms. Height 4.5 cms. Hallmarked on the top edge with clear crisp marks for London 1703. Maker John Lofthouse I.

  • 1705

    Seth Lofthouse

    6258 Queen Anne Silver Footed Salver

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    A lovely early English antique silver tazza with gadroon borders and pedestal foot. Britannia standard silver. Beautiful plain style typical of the period. Weight 301 grams, 9.6 troy ounces. Diameter 22 cms. Height 6.5 cms. Hallmarked on the top edge with clear crisp marks for London 1705. Maker Seth Lofthouse.

  • 1706

    Henry Matthews

    8312 Queen Anne Irish Silver Footed Salver

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    A lovely early Irish antique silver tazza with simple reed border and pedestal foot. Beautiful plain style typical of the period. Hand engraved to the centre is an angel holding a sword and shield; very charming. The underside is initialled F over D.A. Weight 155 gms, 5 troy ounces. Height 5 cms. Diameter 13.5 cms. Marked on top and the foot with Irish silver stamps for Dublin 1706. Maker Henry Matthews.

  • 1707

    David Willaume

    8619 Queen Anne Silver Plate

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    A rare and beautiful early English silver alms dish. Britannia standard silver*. Simple plain design. Lovely patina and excellent original condition. Hand engraved to the border is an armorial within a decorative cartouche. Weight 570 grams, 18.3 troy ounces. Diameter 20.5 cms. Height 1.5 cms. London 1707. Maker David Willaume, an important Huguenot maker.

  • 1707

    Charles Overing

    7801 Queen Anne Antique Silver Salver

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    An excellent early English antique silver tazza with reed border and pedestal foot. Britannia standard silver*. Beautiful plain style typical of the period. To the centre there is a hand engraved armorial within a decorative contemporary cartouche. Weight 522 grams, 16.7 troy ounces. Diameter 24 cms. Height 6.75 cms. Diameter of bottom foot 10 cms. Hallmarked on the top edge with clear crisp marks for London 1707. Maker Charles Overing.

  • 1707

    Thomas Folkingham

    8034 Queen Anne Antique Silver Snuffers and Stand

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    A very rare early English silver snuffers and stand with an octagonal stepped base and baluster stem. *Britannia standard silver. The cut corner square base has the typical style of the candlesticks of this period. The snuffer scissors, or wick trimmers, sit long ways in the stand. Both scissors and stand have identical hand engraved crests of a gauntlet holding up a crown. Total weight 317 grams, 10.2 troy ounces. Height 17.5 cms. Stand height 11.25 cms, base diameter 8 cms. Scissors length 14.25 cms. Both pieces have English silver hallmarks for London 1707. Maker Thomas Folkingham.

  • 1708

    John Hodson

    9253 Queen Anne Tazzas

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    A fine pair of early English silver footed salvers of plain form. Britannia standard silver*. Hand engraved to the centre of each is a crest within a decorative cartouche. Total weight 1374 grams, 44.1 troy ounces. Diameter 28.5 cm. Height 8 cm. London 1708. Maker John Hodson I.

  • Circa 1708

    Geo Gillingham

    6671 Large Queen Anne Footed Salver

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    A handsome early English silver tazza of plain form on a shaped foot. Britannia standard silver*. Lovely simple styling typical of the period. Good coat of arms engraved to the top with birds either side. Excellent weight and patina. Weight 517 grams, 16.6 troy ounces. Height 5.5 cms. Diameter 23.25 cms. London 1708. Maker Geo Gillingham.

  • 1708

    John Tiffin

    9727 Queen Anne Silver Spoon Tray

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    A small antique silver dish of oval form with a ribbed and scalloped border. *Britannia standard silver. Hand engraved crest to the centre and owners initials to the reverse. Excellent colour. Weight 99 grams, 3.1 troy ounces. Top measures 16 x 9cm. Height 1.6cm. London 1708. Maker John Tiffin.

  • 1710

    Samuel Lea

    9324 Queen Anne Silver Snuffer Stand

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    A rare early English silver snuffer tray of oval form with cast acorn handle and three ball feet, similar style to the early chambersticks of a contemporary date. Britannia standard silver*. Hand engraved to the centre with a family armorial contained within a large scroll cartouche. Weight 250 grams, 8 troy ounces. Spread 15.8 cm. Pan 18.6 x 9.2 cm. London 1710. Maker probably Samuel Lea (Charles J Jackson’s “English Goldsmiths and Their Marks”).

  • 1710

    Robert Cooper

    9763 Queen Anne Silver Armorial Charger

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    A fine early English silver charger, or sideboard dish, having a broad rim with applied gadroon border. Britannia standard silver*. Hand engraved to the centre is a magnificent and finely executed coat of arms. Weight 936 grams, 30 troy ounces. Diameter 33.5cm. Height 3cm. London 1710. Maker Robert Cooper.

  • 1716

    David Greene

    9363 George I Antique Silver Snuffer Set

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    It is extremely unusual to find a completely matching 4 piece desk set of this early date. The suite consists of silver candlesticks, silver snuffer tray and silver snuffer scissors. All with a matching hand engraved crest and motto “Nec Tollitur Undis – “No Water is Removed”. Britannia standard silver*. Lovely plain style in keeping with the period.
    Candle snuffer scissors – the simple open and shut mechanism retains the original steel cutting plates. Weight 93 grams. Length 14.7 cm.
    Snuffer stand – with cast acorn handle and four ball feet, similar style to the early chambersticks of that date. Weight 183 grams. Pan 17.1 x 6.3cm. Spread 11.7cm.
    Cast candlesticks – with hexagonal form, baluster column and stepped spreading bases. Weight 596 grams, 19.1 troy ounces. Height 17.2cm. Base 11cm.
    London 1716. Maker David Greene.

  • 1717

    Anthony Nelme

    9233 Antique George I Silver Salver

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    A fine early English sterling silver salver of square form raised on shaped feet. Large size. To the centre is a large hand engraved armorial within a decorative cartouche. Weight 582 grams, total 18.7 troy ounces. Width 23.2 cm. Height 3.5 cm. London 1717. Maker Anthony Nelme.

  • 1718

    Richard Bayley

    8228 George I Silver Strawberry Dish

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    A charming antique silver serving dish with a scalloped border and engraved cartouche with armorial to the centre. Britannia standard silver*. Excellent patina. Weight 239 grams, 7.6 troy ounces. Diameter 16.5 cms. Height 2 cms. London 1718. Maker Richard Bayley.

  • 1718

    Richard Bayley

    8594 Large George I Footed Salver

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    An excellent early English silver tazza of plain circular form on a shaped foot. Britannia standard silver*. Lovely simple styling typical of the period. Good size and patina. Weight 723 grams, 23.2 troy ounces. Height 6.25 cms. Diameter 29 cms. London 1718. Maker Richard Bayley

  • Circa 1720

     

    10307 George I Antique Silver Tazza

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    A charming little 18th century footed salver with a simple reed border and pedestal foot. Beautiful plain style typical of the period. Good weight. Hand engraved to the centre is the name of the owner “H Clarke” in old fashioned script. The underside is initialled “R over IM”. Weight 186 gm, 5.9 troy oz. Height 4.4cm. Diameter 14.7cm. Unmarked silver. Maker “TA”, unattributed. Probably British circa 1720.

  • 1723

    Joseph Clare

    9329 Antique George I Silver Salver

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    An early English sterling silver salver of square form raised on shaped feet. This dainty size is often known as a waiter, perfect for standing a wine bottle or glass. To the centre is a hand engraved crest encircled by the motto “Ne Cede Malis”. Good colour. Weight 153 grams, 4.9 troy ounces. Width 14 cm. London 1723. Maker Joseph Clare.

  • Circa 1725

    John Hamilton Of Dublin

    6519 Antique Irish Silver Snuffer Tray

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    A fine piece of early Irish silver. A plain styled snuffer tray of simple oval shape with a shaped side handle and round feet. To the centre there is an engraved crest. This is a very charming item, it handles well and the colour is excellent. Very good weight 214 grams, 6.8 troy ounces. Length 18 cms. Width 7.75 cms, 13.5 including handle. Makers mark only for John Hamilton. Dublin circa 1725.

  • 1725

    Anthony Nelme

    6734 George I Silver Hexafoil Salver by Anthony Nelme

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    A rare antique silver hexafoil salver with scalloped and reeded border and standing on 3 curved panelled feet. Britannia standard silver. Very plain style. This piece is made of heavy gauge silver and has a good weight. The patina is excellent. Hand engraved to the centre is a contemporary armorial within a shell topped cartouche. Weight 755 grams, 24.2 troy ounces. Diameter 26.5 cms. Height 4 cms. London 1725. Maker Anthony Nelme. These 6 sided salvers (and also the octafoil 8 sided salver) generally date between 1710 and 1730 and are extremely sought after.

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