An early English sterling silver waiter of square form with a Bath border. Standing on 4 very charming spade feet. Small size. To the centre there is a chased decorative border enclosing a hand engraved armorial with motto. Weight 252 grams, 8.1 troy ounces. Diameter 16 cms. Height 2 cms. London 1726. Maker John Tuite, specialist salver maker, with his distinctive “ewer” mark.
Biography – John Tuite was apprenticed to John Matthews of Dublin goldsmiths in 1703 and worked in Dublin from 1710 to 1720 before moving to London in 1723. Tuite specialised in making salvers and had a very distinctive makers mark incorporating a ewer with his initials “IT”. Died 1740.