Object Description

An excellent Georgian 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.

Object Literature

*Britannia Standard silver. In 1696, so extensive had become the melting and clipping of coinage that the silversmiths were forbidden to use the sterling standard for their wares, but had to use a new higher standard, 95.8 per cent. New hallmarks were ordered, “the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia” and the lion’s head erased (torn off at the neck) replacing the lion passant and the leopard’s head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720. Britannia standard silver still continues to be produced even today.

From the late 17th century large dinner services were made for the rich and noble dining tables. Originally comprising sets of dinner plates, chargers and serving dishes, later in the 18th century many other items were added including entrée dishes, tureens and sauce boats. From 1740 at least one dish with a detachable pierced strainer, known as a ‘mazarine’, would be supplied with each service; this type of dish was intended to hold such food as boiled fish.

Object Condition

This handsome antique silver charger and strainer are in very condition with no damage or restoration. The platter and mazerine are matching and fit well together. The engraved crests are matching and still quite sharp. Both with a full set of clear and matching English silver hallmarks. Excellent colour.

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

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