An excellent quality antique sterling silver salver of plain form and raised on heavy cast shaped feet. Simple Chippendale border. Good weight and patina. To the front is a large and well executed, hand engraved armorial and crest within a decorative cartouche. Weight 1504 grams, 48.3 troy ounces. Diameter 36.5 cms. Height 4.5 cms. London 1731. Maker John Tuite, a highly regarded salver maker.
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.