A rare pair of antique sterling silver serving plates of octagonal form. Elegant plain design and gadroon borders. Each has a coat of arms with the motto “Altiora in Votis” – “Aim High” hand engraved to the top rim and an ornate crest of a squirrel to the bottom rim. Weight 2025 grams, 65,1 troy ounces. Outside measures 35×23.5 cms. Inside measures 28×16.5 cms. London 1790. Maker James Young.
Biography – James Young, London silversmith, apprenticed to John Muns 1749, freedom unrecorded. 1st mark enetered as smallworker 1760. 2nd mark in partnership with Orlando Jackson 1774, also 3rd mark 1774. 4th mark alone as plateworker 1775. 5th mark 1781. His work is known for its elegant neo-classical design and fine finish, particularly his epergnes.
His son James was apprenticed to William Peaston 1778 and turned over to his father 1779. Recorded by Heal as James Young and Son 1790-93.