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Suite of George III silver salvers

£ 7,500

Silversmith
Place

London

Year

1781

Beautiful set of three Georgian silver salvers comprising a large 13" and two smaller 8" salvers. Each is circular in shape with a fine double beaded border and engraved armorials in the centre. They are mounted on three bead pattern feet.

The serving tray as we know it today is an evolution of the salver, which was a term used in England from the mid-seventeenth century to denote a flat tray without handles, usually made of silver. Some salver designs feature supporting feet - usually three or four.

The word derives from the Latin salvare meaning to save. Originally, food or drink intended for royalty would be initially tasted by a servant for signs of poison before it reached the royal top table. By being served on the salver indicated that this process had taken place and the food and drink was now fit for a king.

Salvers later became commonplace in aristocratic and wealthy homes and Samuel Pepys is recorded as an owner of a salver, signifying his high social standing.

Diameter
33mm (1 1/4")
Weight
1857g (59.70 troy ozs )
Condition
Excellent
Reference
5321
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