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French Sterling Silver Drinks/Tea Tray - Antique Circa 1890

An exceptional, fine and impressive, large antique French sterling silver drinks/tea tray; an addition to our silver teaware collection

SKU: A8929
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French Sterling Silver Drinks/Tea Tray - Antique Circa 1890

Description


This exceptional antique French sterling silver tray has an oval, serpentine shaped form.


The surface of this large tray is encircled with engraved leaf texture decoration paralleling the incurved shaped border.


The raised rim of this tray is encompassed with an applied moulded border accented with impressive cast scrolling leaf and floral ornamentation to either side.


This exceptional example of antique silverware is fitted with a fine and impressive, pair of cast and applied handles ornamented with scrolling leaf decoration, in addition to a leaf motif to the centre of the handpiece.


The hallmarks struck to the underside this impressive silver tray include:

Silver quality/purity mark: Minerva mark, 1 (.950, 950/1000), .925 (sterling, 925/1000)

Importer's mark: H.W (Arthur Hamill Westwood)

Assay Mark: Birmingham, England

Import date mark: C (1952)


* The country of origin hallmarked this item with the standard mark for 950 and once imported into Britain the silver purity was tested and hallmarks struck reaffirming the silver is a minimum of sterling standard.


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Condition


This antique silver tea tray is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.

The piece has been professionally polished and is in presentation condition.

The cast and applied decoration is very sharp and the engraved ornamentation is very crisp.

The French and Birmingham import hallmarks struck to the underside of the tray are all very clear.


Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this example of antique silverware.


Dimensions


Length across handles 74cm/29.1"

Width 50.7cm/20"

Length of surface 58.7cm/23.1"

Width of surface 40.4cm/15.9"

Height 4.9cm/1.9"


Weight


114 troy ounces/3546g


 
 
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