An unusual George III silver Shell Dish.
An unusual early George III Shell Dish, London 1773, the maker probably Frederick Knopfell. Engraved on the upper side with contemporary script initials ‘ES’ within a lozenge. The edge of the shell is applied with a gadrooned and scroll rim with a shell at the apex. The underside is supported upon two stylised welk shells and a contemporary suspensory ring. Such dishes, often called Butter shells, were actually used for seafood. The original suspensory ring and mount on this shell suggests perhaps a different use.
Good with minor surface marking to the flat plate and distortion to the suspensory ring.
Length – 15.70 cm.; Width – 13 cm.; Weight – 134.30 gms.