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608. Rare Large Irish Silver Dish Ring by Thomas Weir Dublin 1925. 14.8 ozs
An Exquisite Irish Georgian Style Dublin Silver Heavy Gauge Table Dish Ring of traditional waisted form in the Rococo manner, and unusually large size.
The circular inverted sided lavish pierced body depicting a rustic scene with shepherdess, a flute player ana a Cow all amongst foliate background landscapes. The central cartouche (not engraved) is surrounded with shells and C scrolls.
Mark of TW for Thomas Weir. Grafton Street, Dublin, Ireland.
Assay Marks for Dublin 1925.
Condition: Perfect with no imperfections. Marks are crisp and clear.
Diameter: (base) 8" (20.5cm). Diameter: (top rim) 7.25" (18.25cm). Height: 4.5" (11cm).
Weight: an impressive 14.8 ozs. (420 grams).
Shipped to Greenwich, Connecticut, USA.
Worldwide Store to door shipping.
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.