Date Made/Found: 1765-1775
Material and Medium: Old Sheffield Plate
Dimensions: Overall: 32mm (1 1/4in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L1943.23
This is a salver made of Old Sheffield Plate, between 1765 and 1775.
What was it used for?
A salver is a tray or plate often made of silver. The earliest appeared in the 1600s and had a flat circular top mounted on a foot to be held by the server. Later they were made with three or more feet for standing. They varied in shape but usually had a moulded border and were often decorated with a coat of arms. A small salver may be called a waiter.
This is an early salver with an unusual pierced border. Waiters and salvers were amongst the earliest goods plated by Joseph Hancock, who was the first large-scale manufacturer of Old Sheffield Plate. Although simple in appearance they had to be carefully designed and made to withstand hard wear and tear.
This object is part of the Bradbury Collection.