A fine quality antique sterling silver tray of oval form with side carrying handles. Classical style with broad gadroon and shell borders. The centre has an excellent deep hand chased cartouche containing a large armorial with the motto “Fac et Spera” meaning “Do and Hope”. Weight 3840 grams, 123.4 troy ounces. Spread across handles 74 cms. Length 61 cms. Width 46 cms. London 1808. Maker John Mewburn.
Biography – John Mewburn (originally John Nubron), first mark entered as plateworker, 1793, in Hare Court, Aldersgate St. Died 1830.