8862. Antique Silver Plated Meat Domes - Price £950

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A handsome set of three antique serving covers of plain form having hand engraved body border. Detachable carrying handles. These make a very elegant show. Graduated sizes. Each has to the front and back, a large armorial within a decorative cartouche. Height 26, 25, 20 cms. Length 50, 45, 20 cms. Width 39.5, 36.5, 29.5 cms. Each stamped with the makers mark for Thomas Bradbury 1853-7.

Biography - Thomas Bradbury. This old established Sheffield business originated as Fenton, Creswick & Co (Matthew Fenton , Richard Creswick and William Watson), active silversmiths and Sheffield platers and among the first to enter their mark at the Sheffield Assay Office in 1773. 

In 1789 it became Fenton, Creswick, Oakes & Co and in 1795, Watson & Co (partners Thomas Watson, James Fenton and Thomas Bradbury I (former apprentice of the firm). Later, Thomas Bradbury II and William Watson were admitted to the partnership. 

In 1831 William Watson retired and the business was continued by Bradburys (Thomas I and II) under the style of Thomas Bradbury & Son. The firm was active at Arundel Street, Sheffield with London showroom at 12 Gough Square, Fleet Street. The company continued under control of the Bradbury family and successive generations until it closed in 1943 and dies and tooling were bought by Atkin Brothers.  

Frederick Bradbury is the author of the fundamental book "A History of Old Sheffield Plate".

Condition - These lovely meat covers are in very good condition with no damage or restoration. There is a small amount of plate wear. Each is marked inside with a silver plate mark.

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.

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