Massive Antique English Sterling Silver Tray / Centerpiece. 28″ x 23″. RARE

Massive Antique English Sterling Silver Tray / Centerpiece. 28″ x 23″. RARE

Very Large & Unusual, Antique English, Sterling Silver Oval Tray / Centerpiece.
Fully Hallmarked On The Underside, London 1867, Made By Edward & John Barnard, From The Famous Barnard Family Of Silversmiths.
The Tray With A Beautiful Hand Engraved Surface, Crested Inside The Centered Cartouche.
The Side Strap Work Brings It To The Cast Scalloped Border Again With A Hand Engraved Decoration.
An Unusual Tray, Usable As A Stunning Bar Tray, Serving Tray, Tea Set Tray, Or Even As A Table Centerpiece For Food, Flowers Or Other Decorative Pieces.
Tray Stands On 4 Heavy Bold Feet
Tray weighs 4,840 grams = 155.50 troy oz = 170.50 regular ounces = 10.60 lbs.
Tray measures 28″ x 23″ x 3″ High

A great quality, unusual, large size tray, by a very good silversmith, in very good condition
Usable on a side board, tea-set, bar tray, table centerpiece or serving tray.

Possibly the oldest manufacturing silversmith in the world, the origin of this business having been established by Anthony Nelme c.1680. Francis Nelme inherited the business on the death of his father in 1722 and continued until 1739 when Thomas Whipham took over the business. On his death in 1756 his son Thomas Whipham jr took into partnership Charles Wright. Thomas retired in 1775 and the business was continued by Charles Wright. The business was amalgamated by Henry Chawner in 1786 and the latter son of Edward Barnard became the foreman of the firm. Chawner was master to Edward Barnard so that the connection of the Barnard family can be traced from 1773. In 1796 they took into partnership John Emes who became the owner after the retirement of Chawner, maintaining Edward Barnard as manager. Emes died in 1808 and his widow Rebecca took as partner Edward Barnard. Rebecca Emes withdrew in 1829 and Edward Barnard became the proprietor with his sons Edward Barnard (II), John Barnard and William Barnard, trading under the style Edward Barnard & Sons. After the retirement of Edward Barnard (I) the firm was continued by Edward Barnard (II) (1846-1851), John Barnard (1846-1868), William Barnard (1846), Edward Barnard (III) (1868), Walter Barnard (1868-1903), John Barnard (II) (1868-1903), Michael Barnard (1896-1903), Stanley Barnard (1896-1903) and Robert Dubcock (1896). The firm continued until 1977 when they were taken over by Padgett & Braham Ltd.

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  • weight:
    Tray weighs 4,840 grams = 155.50 troy oz = 170.50 regular ounces = 10.60 lbs.
  • measurement:
    Tray measures 28″ x 23″ x 3″ High
  • quality:
    very good condition