An excellent quality, heavy gauge silver plated beaded rimmed oval shaped entrée dish or vegetable tureen made by Elkington, Mason and Co. with their date code letter U for the year 1859 during the Victorian period.
The lid of the entree dish has crest engraved on each side which consists of a mural crown surmounted with a left looking eagles head and the motto Perfero (Latin to bear or carry). The Book of Crests gives the name of Hadwen of Lancashire as the original owners of this beautiful entree dish. The lid also has a cast handle that is beaded and scrolled, it is fastened underneath with a silver plated wing nut and locating peg.
The base of the oval shaped dish has a row of hallmark like stamps on the side below the rim. They are crowned E and Co, the letters E M and Co for the makers and the date code letter U in a diamond for 1859. The dish is 11 3/4 inches long by 8 inches and weighs 1029g.
The company of Elkington and Co was founded in 1836 by George Richards Elkington and his brother, Henry Elkington, and they were based in Newhall Street, Birmingham and had showrooms at 22 Regent Street, London. It operated under the name G. R. Elkington & Co. until 1842, when a third partner, Josiah Mason, joined the firm. It then operated as Elkington, Mason, & Co. until 1861, when the partnership with Mason was terminated. The firm subsequently operated independently as Elkington & Co. from 1861 until 1963. They are the most important silver plate maker in the UK.
The entree dish is in very good antique condition with just a very minor amount of wear to the silver plate and minor surface scratching, commensurate with age and use. There are a few very small dents or creases. This is a great entree dish and a great-looking item of mid-19th century silver plate for display and use.
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