ANTIQUE SILVER SALVERS MEDIUM
Antique Silver salvers medium Description:
A type of flat table utensil used for serving drinks and food in the dining room, sometimes also used for presenting visiting cards and letters in the hall, these often being called waiters.
Antique Silver salvers medium History:
Any salver made before 1700 is very rare. They were made throughout the Georgian, Victorian, and 20th century periods, and are still being made today.
Antique Silver salvers medium Design:
The vast majority were made round but many other shapes were also produced including oval, square, rectangular, and hexagonal. Borders and edges varied from very plain reeded examples through the traditional Chippendale and Gadroon versions to heavy cast shell styles. Most of the smaller salvers were made with three feet, whilst the larger diameter salvers required four. Again these varied in style from plain hoof feet through to fancy shell versions. Decoration on the ground (the flat surface) varied from hand-engraved floral decoration in the Victorian period through to heavy hand-chasing in the Georgian Rococco period.
Antique Silver salvers medium Collectors Note:
Good quality hand-made salvers in fine condition from the early 18th century command high prices. Many salvers from the early Georgian period are now in bad condition and worn out. The condition of the hallmark is very important. Check to make sure that the center of the salver is not thin due to engraving and later removal of crests. Inspect the feet closely to make sure there have been no repairs. Look closely at any applied borders again to check for damage or repairs.