This exceptional antique Victorian English solid silver bon bon dish has been realistically modelled in the form of a reindeer drawn sleigh.
The main vessel of this sterling silver dish is embellished with fine chased decorated floral motifs and leaf textures, incorporating a scroll bordered vacant cartouche to either side.
The oval rounded cargo bed/vessel of the sleigh is supported by two impressive cast silver leaf decorated runners, conjoined to one end with a crowned swan design.
This exceptional Victorian bon bon dish body is further ornamented with an impressive cast putto* design, holding the reigns.
The fine reigns conjoin to the impressive cast silver reindeer ornamented to the forefront of the vehicle, in a classic Christman theme.
The hallmarks struck to the body and cover include:
Maker's mark: ETB (Edwin Thompson Bryant)
Silver quality/purity mark: 930*, Lion passant (sterling, 925/1000)
Date mark: e (1900)
Assay mark: Leopard head (London, England)
Additional mark: F (foreign manufacture mark)
* In art and culture, a putto (plural: putti) is a chubby male child, usually nude and occasionally bearing wings. It can be determined in this instance that a child figure was used to represent Baby Jesus, as in many cultures/demoninations he is percieved as the true spirit of Christmas.
** The country of origin hallmarked this item with the standard mark 930 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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