Victorian Silver Gallery Tray


Stock: 8020

Date: 1886

Maker: Joseph Angell

Country: England

A large antique sterling silver tray of oval form with inset carrying handles. The decorative gallery is attractively pierced with...

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A large antique sterling silver tray of oval form with inset carrying handles. The decorative gallery is attractively pierced with a crisscross design. The underside has a hardwood base making the tray very strong. No inscription.

Weight including wood 3364 grams, 108.1 troy ounces.

Length 58 cms. Width 39 cms.

Marked to the edge of the base rim with full English silver hallmarks for London 1886.

Makers mark partially stamped, probably Joseph Angell.


This useful tray is very good condition with no damage or restoration. The silver hallmarks are clear. The makers mark is only partially stamped. The top surface is firm and has a very few minimal dinks. The wooden base has a split across the centre or maybe was originally made from 2 pieces, either way this cannot be seen when the tray is in use.

Maker Information

Maker: Joseph Angell

Originally a firm of manufacturing silversmiths, the Angell family business became one of the largest and most important silver and jewellery manufacturers and retailers in London in the mid 19th century. They participated in many major exhibitions worldwide and won many awards of excellence. The founder, Joseph Angell, was apprenticed to Henry Nutting 1796, free 1804. First mark entered as plateworker 1811, second marks 1824. Third in partnership with his brother John Angell (apprenticed to William Elliott 1799, free 1807) in 1831. In circa 1837 Joseph’s son Joseph joined the business which became Angell, Son & Angell. In 1840 John Angell left and Joseph Angell senior and junior continued with a new mark (JA over JA). Joseph junior continued in his own name after his father’s retirement in 1848, participating in many major exhibitions and winning many awards of excellence, particularly for his enamel work. 1867-76 he was in partnership with John Browne after which he traded as Angell & Co. John Angell’s son, John Charles Angell was apprenticed to his father 1825, free 1832. He entered his first mark together with his brother George in 1840. George continued the business after John’s death in 1850 as George Angell & Co (1852-1860). George died in 1884 when the firm was taken over by Frederick Courthope who continued to trade under the same name until 1889.

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