9052. Antique George III Silver Tray - Sold

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A fine quality antique sterling silver tray of oval form with side carrying handles. Classical style with bead borders and fine bands of bright cut engraving around the edge. The centre has an pretty hand engraved cartouche containing a stag crest. Weight 2032 grams, 65.3 troy ounces. Spread across handles 58 cms. Length 51 cms. Width 38 cms. London 1796. Maker George Burrows.

Biography - George Burrows I, London silversmith, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. 1st mark as smallworker 1865. 2nd mark 1770. Subsequent marks as bucklemaker 1780-99. His son George Burrows II was apprenticed to George Smith in 1783 and turned over to George Burrows I in 1783, free 1791. On his death his wife Alice and George Burrows II entered their 1st mark as plateworker in 1801.

Condition - This lovely tray is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The chased decoration is crisp and original. Stamped on the reverse with a clear set of full English silver hallmarks.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Literature - The first trays were oval shaped and did not appear until the late 18th century. The rectangular form was not generally seen until the early 1800’s. Some early salvers were originally called trays, this word is now used when there are two handles.

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