Matthew Boulton & Company
Date Made/Found: late 1700s - early 1800s
Material and Medium: Old Sheffield Plate
Dimensions: Overall: 35mm (1 3/8in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 1991.349
This is a hot water plate or dish warmer, made by Mathew Boulton & Co. in the late 1700s or early 1800s.
Dish warmers were an invention of the early 1800s, often made as an integral part of an entrée dish. They consist of a shallow pan with a hinged cap for filling with hot water, or sometimes a hot iron bar can be inserted. Dinner plates placed on top can be kept warm until food is served.Display Location: