An excellent Georgian sterling silver meat dish, or serving dish, of shaped oval form with an applied gadroon border. It’s very rare to find an antique dish like this still complete with its original mazerine strainer. Hand engraved to one side of the platter and to the centre of the strainer with a hand engraved armorial. Marked number 17, this platter has come from a very large and important dinner service. Total weight 2984 grams (2409+575), 95.9 troy ounces. Platter length 51 cms, width 37.5 cms. Mazerine length 42 cms, width 28.5 cms. London 1769. Maker Sebastian James Crespell.
Biography – Sebastian James Crespell, working silversmith at Whitcomb St, Leicester Fields from 1762 to 1773. Possibly apprenticed to Edward Wakelin, he was mentioned in Edward Wakelin’s general worker’s ledger from 1769 as supplying plates and dishes, which seemed to constitute his greatest output.