A rare antique silver octofoil salver with a scalloped border and standing on 3 curved panelled feet. Very plain style. This piece is made of heavy gauge silver and has a good weight. The patina is excellent. Hand engraved to the centre is a contemporary armorial within a decorative cartouche. Weight 734 grams, 23.6 troy ounces. Diameter 265 cms. Height 5.5 cms. Dublin circa 1710. Maker Thomas Bolton (or Boulton), Dublin silversmith, working circa 1710. These 8 sided salvers generally date between 1710 and 1730 and are extremely sought after.
Biography – Thomas Bolton (1658-1736), Dublin silversmith, who rose to become Assay Master and subsequently Lord Mayor of Dublin but who later died in poverty. He is generally considered as Dublin’s finest silversmith and many of his pieces are marked with just his makers mark.