Early silver plate tray, grapevines, Barbour Silver Co. USA c. 1895

$295.00 AUD

Georgian style American silverplate tray of large size, with fruiting grapevine moulding to the rim, the centre with large-scale engraved flowers & scrollwork around central initials ‘JI/JC’.
Hallmarks include a ‘lion’, bell, Prince of Wales feathers, and model number 4165, for the Barbour Silver Co, Hartford CT.
Circa 1895

40cm wide

Wear to the rim & the centre with copper ‘blush’ showing. Very usable.

The Barbour Silver Co., in Connecticut USA, was founded in 1892. They used a very suggestive mark, including what looks like a Sterling Silver lion, and the very English motif of the three feathers – the symbol of the Prince of Wales. Combine this with their exact replicas of Georgian shapes and decoration, and it is very clear they were aiming to look as ‘English Antique’ as possible!
The mark seen on this piece was not used for long; the company became the more often seen ‘International Silver Co.’ in 1898.




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