George III Antique Silver Dinner Plates


Stock: 9391

Date: 1785

Maker: Daniel Smith And Robert Sharp

Country: England

A handsome set of antique sterling silver plates with plain styling and gadroon borders. Hand engraved to each top rim...

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A handsome set of antique sterling silver plates with plain styling and gadroon borders. Hand engraved to each top rim there is a armorial within a lozenge shaped cartouche. Excellent quality. They are numbered on the underside (originally a very large set) and also have the owners name Juliet R Belknap and the scratchweight.

Total weight 6652 grams, 213 troy ounces.

Diameter 24.7 cms.

Sterling silver. London 1785.

Maker Smith & Sharp.

Marks. Each stamped on the reverse with a full and matching set of English silver hallmarks.

Literature. 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.


This large set of silver plates is in very good condition. The engraving is crisp. There is some light scratching and wear from use and this has not been polished away.

Maker Information

Maker: Daniel Smith And Robert Sharp

Daniel Smith and Robert Sharp, a London silversmith partnership 1763-1788. A curious characteristic of the marks of Smith and Sharp after the Carter partnership was over, and of Sharp alone in 1788, is that each shows, at the top edge of the punch, traces of the bottom of the initials of the former partner, apparently intentionally. Daniel Smith, apprenticed to Thomas Gladwin of Merchant Taylors Company, free 1753/4. 1st mark c1759. Livery 1765. 2nd mark, with Robert Sharp, c1763. 3rd mark, with Richard Carter and Robert Sharp, 1778. 4th mark, with Robert Sharp, 1780. Smith seems to have retired in 1788 when Sharp entered a separate mark. Robert Sharp, originally of Newcastle on Tyne, apprenticed to Gawen Nash 1747 and turned over the same day to Thomas Gladwin Citizen and Merchant Taylor, free 1757. First mark in partnership with Daniel Smith 1763. Supplier to Parker and Wakelin. His nephew Robert Sharp was apprenticed to his uncle 1771. Second mark as plateworker, in parnership with Richard Carter and Daniel Smith 1778. Third, fourth and fifth marks, in partnership with Smith only again, 1780. This last mark has been ascribed previously to Robert Salmon, spoonmaker.

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