Victorian Sterling Silver Tray London 1800, Frederick Elkington 985 g
This Victorian Sterling Silver tray displays a beautiful scene hand engraved by artist Frederick Elkington, the sean is of three different types of flowers, ferns and a beautifully detailed butterfly, bee and dragonfly. Frederick Elkington is known for his detailed metal work. The tray has two round sterling silver handles that are slightly raised making it easy and comfortable to use. The back is stamped FE, lion, bear, the letter E and a Victorian lady. Frederick Elkington was a member of a very successful company of silversmiths in Birmingham. Established by George Richards Elkington (1801–1865), it expanded by developing processes that reduced labor and conserved raw materials, such as the process of electroplating silver onto base metals. The idea was patented in 1840 and perfected for franchising by 1842. A thin skin of silver could be deposited on all manner of useful articles of base metals, making mass production of plated silver possible at very low cost. However, the firm also produced sterling silver wares in leading new styles, like this nature Sean platter.
English date marks: FE, lion, bear, the letter E and a Victorian lady Designer: Frederick Elkington Weight 985 g Material: Sterling Silver Overall Condition: Good pre-owned condition, light scratches.