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George II Silver Salver

Date: 1755

Maker: Edward Wakelin

Country: England

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Large size and very impressive. A rare antique silver salver of unusual square waisted form with gadroon borders and shell corners. Heavy gauge silver. The outside centre has a traditional shell and foliate engraved theme with shells and a crest to each corner. To the centre is a coat of arms and motto “Laudabunt Alii Rhodon”. The surrounding engraved decoration, of an unfurling ruffle of cloth, is very striking and probably later done.

Weight 2190 grams, 70.4 troy ounces.

Height 4.5cm. Width 40cm.

London 1755.

Maker Edward Wakelin.

Sterling silver.

Literature. From the 17th century until the reign of George I salvers were raised on a pedestal foot. This form is often called a “tazza”. By 1700 some were made with the foot unscrewing. Very occasionally this type will also have 3 or 4 feet so that the salver can be used on a lower level.
The traditional form of salver with plain flat surfaces and small feet at the edge, rarely found before the reign of George I, was made in various forms such as round, rectangular, oval and octagonal and are an ideal starting off point for collectors of early silver.
The term “waiter” is not commonly used but relates to small examples less than 6 or 7 inches; these have become very popular now to stand a bottle or wine glass.

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