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073. Fine Irish Style Silver Dish Ring Birmingham 1913 Williams Ltd. 8 ozs
An Exquisite Georgian Style Sterling Silver English Heavy Gauge Table Dish Ring of traditional waisted form and medium proportions.
The circular inverted sided lavish pierced body depicting chased garlands and swags with berries.
Mark of WB over LD within a heart shape for Williams Birmingham Ltd.
Assay Marks for Birmingham 1913.
Condition: Perfect with no imperfections. Marks are clear.
Diameter: (base) 6" (15.25cm). Diameter: (top rim) 5.5" (14cm). Height: 3.25" (8.25cm). Weight: an impressive 8 ozs. (229 grams).
Shipped to North Palm Beach, Frorida, USA.
Table Dish Rings (sometimes erroneously referred to as Potato Rings) were first made in Ireland and also in England from around about 1780, were originally of silver and highly ornamented. They were usually elliptical in outline and wider in each dimension below than above. The largest know examples were up to ten inches in diameter and up to four inched in height. Use was made of both piercing and repousse work to obtain the highest decorative effects, this style of decoration was necessary to help the heat escape from hot table dishes through the piercing, blue (sometimes green or clear) hand blown glass liners were a later addition. This is a stunning example in wonderful condition.