A Georgian Silver Dish Cross or Trivet

This wonderful and peculiar object is a Dish Cross, sometimes known as a Dish Stand. It is, as you can guess from the name, an adjustable trivet to keep a hot dish or bowl off the table. The legs and brackets are adjustable to fit various sizes of dish, and likewise the cross sections adjust to incorporate a square, oval or rectangular dish, as well as a more typical circular one. 

It was made by William Abdy in London 1789, and is of unusually elaborate design. The majority of these pieces have plain attachments, but are not pierced and engraved as this one is. It also has rather characteristic neoclassical beading which sets of the piercing beautifully. It measures 12.5 inches when fully extended. 

The condition is excellent throughout. The pictured makers mark is a little obscured by scratching, however a better version of the mark can be found on other parts- of course it was a legal requirement that all separate pieces were part marked with makers mark and lion passant, to indicate that they were sterling silver. 

Type: dish stand
Function: Dining
Maker: William Abdy
Country: England

Price: £ 1,550 GBP

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