10" George II style silver salver

10" George II style silver salver

£685

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A round silver salver bordered with a shell and scroll decoration in the George II style and mounted on three low rise button feet.

The serving tray as we know it today is an evolution of the salver, which was a term used in England from the mid-seventeenth century to denote a flat tray without handles, usually made of silver. Some salver designs feature supporting feet - usually three or four.

The word derives from the Latin salvare meaning to save. Originally, food or drink intended for royalty would be initially tasted by a servant for signs of poison before it reached the royal top table. Being served on the salver indicated that this process had taken place and the food and drink was now fit for a king.

Salvers later became commonplace in aristocratic and wealthy homes and Samuel Pepys is recorded as an owner of a salver, signifying his high social standing.

Dimensions:

Diameter 270 mm / 10 34"
Weight 617 g (19.84 troy ozs)
Year

1935

Place

Birmingham

Condition

Excellent

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