8969. George III Silver Platters - Price £4,750

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A rare pair of antique sterling silver serving plates of octagonal form. Elegant plain design and gadroon borders. Each has a coat of arms with the motto “Altiora in Votis” – “Aim High” hand engraved to the top rim and an ornate crest of a squirrel to the bottom rim. Weight 2025 grams, 65,1 troy ounces. Outside measures 35x23.5 cms. Inside measures 28x16.5 cms. London 1790. Maker James Young.

Biography - James Young, London silversmith, apprenticed to John Muns 1749, freedom unrecorded. 1st mark enetered as smallworker 1760. 2nd mark in partnership with Orlando Jackson 1774, also 3rd mark 1774. 4th mark alone as plateworker 1775. 5th mark 1781. His work is known for its elegant neo-classical design and fine finish, particularly  his epergnes.

His son James was apprenticed to William Peaston 1778 and turned over to his father 1779.  Recorded by Heal as James Young and Son 1790-93.

Condition - These beautiful dishes are in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The engravings are crisp and have no wear. Good weight and colour. Both stamped with a full set of clear and matching English silver hallmarks. Light scratching to the centre from use over the years. The plates have not been polished out and are not thin.

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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