A good George III silver Fish or Serving Slice.
A George III pierced silver Pudding or Fish Slice, London 1772, by Richard Meach. The case handle with feather edge decoration and terminating in a pierced leafed finial. The blade is engraved, with a stylised feather edging. The reverse of the handle has a later set of gothic initials ‘H.W.’ [circa 1840.
For a discussion of these early serving slices, see Benton Seymour Rabinovitch, ‘Antique Silver Servers for the Dining Table‘, publ. 1991, particularly pp.66-7, item 38: a slice of 1768 by Henry Bailey, which has an almost identical handle. Rabinovitch states that ‘This particular handle design appears on a number of servers and they were apparently purchased from specialist makers‘.
Length – 28.60 cm.; Width – 10 cms.; Weight – 136.40 gms.