Stunning & Highly Detailed, Antique English Elkington Cast Border Round Tray 25″. CRESTED
An Absolutely Stunning, Antique English, Cast Border Large Round Sheffield Silver Plated Tray / Salver.
Made By Elkington & Co, One Of The Premier 19th Century English Silversmiths.
The Heavy Cast Border Decorated With Male & Female Figures In Poses Of Hunting, Feeding, Relaxation, Passion, etc. A Variety Of Animals Consisting Of Eagle, Dog, Wild Boar, Horse, Lion, etc. All Within Floral & Scroll Decoration. The Salver Standing On 4 Similar Style Cast Feet. The Surface Of The Tray With Beautiful Hand Engraved Scroll Decoration, Centered By An Armorial Above The Latin Motto
Praesto Et Persto
(To Be Responsible For or To Answer For)
The Tray Is 25″ In Diameter And Has A Maximum Height Of Approximately 2.5″
To Give You An Idea Of The Quality It Weighs Over 5 Kilo = Just Over 11 lbs.
The Silver Is In Very Good Clean Condition, No Wear, Damage, Or Repairs.
Marked On The Rear Of The Tray With The Elkington, Mason & Co Mark And The Date Letter ‘O’ For 1853.
Founded by George Richards Elkington and his brother, Henry Elkington, in the 1830s. It operated under the name G. R. Elkington & Co. until 1842, when a third partner, Josiah Mason, joined the firm. It was around this time that they purchased the patent for electroplating (silver plating) and their business flourished greatly from their newfound skills. The company operated as Elkington, Mason & Co. until 1861 when the partnership with Mason was terminated. The firm operated independently as Elkington & Co. from 1861 until 1963. It was then taken over by British Silverware Ltd. In 1971 British Silverware, Ltd. became a subsidiary of Delta Metal Co. Ltd. To My Knowledge, It No Longer Exists.
Over the course of its 130-year history it became very successful and was one of the prime producers of sterling & silver plated wares. Elkington received various royal warrants of appointments, and also an Imperial and Royal Warrant of Appointment from the emperor of Austria. One of their most famous pieces is the electrotype copy of the Jerningham Wine Cooler, at the Victoria & Albert Museum.