This is an intricate, extremely attractive and exquisitely made antique Victorian silver-plated centrepiece by the renowned silversmith, Horace Woodward and Co., Birmingham, 1876 in date.
This stunning centrepiece has a central oval silver plated diah dish which is removable and is profusely decorated with a stunning reed and ribbon rim throughout, which is further embellished with shaped floral motifs. It is highly decorative and at the same time very functional, making it ideal for displaying fruit and sweets.
The oval dish fits into the oval centrepiece which is distinctively decorated with urns, garlands and floral motifs and it is raised on four distinguished tall legs in the form of square columns.
This magnificent silver-plated centrepiece features an extraordinary stepped base in the form of a novelty cross, also beautifully chased with foliate decoration to the edge.
It bears the makers’ mark HW & Co for Horace Woodward and Co, the registration number 7453 as well as the diamond registration symbol indicating this item was made on 29th March 1876.
A lot of intricate detailing has gone into the creation of this beautiful item which is an extremely well designed and attractive centrepiece that can only grow in value.
In excellent condition with clear makers marks and no dings, dents or signs of repair. Please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 21 x Width 25 x Depth 15
Dimensions in inches:
Height 8.3 x Width 9.8 x Depth 5.9
HORACE WOODWARD & CO LTD
The firm was established in mid 19th century by George Cartwright and Joseph Hirons under the style Cartwright & Hirons. In 1853 they were joined by Horace Woodward and the style changed to Cartwright, Hirons & Woodward. In 1859 the firm became Cartwright & Woodward and in 1865 the business was continued by Horace Woodward under the style Horace Woodward & Co. In 1893 the firm was converted into a limited liability company under the style Horace Woodward & Co Ltd. The firm used a figural trade mark (the shape of Atlas into a lozenge) registered in 1876.
The company was acquired by Adie Brothers Ltd in 1919.
Our reference: A1076