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Antique Figural Silver Plate Entree, Gargoyles Covered Serving Dish, Bird, 19thc For Sale
Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.
Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.
This striking piece was made by Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. of Wallingford, Connecticut. The large silverplated serving dish dates from the late 19th century, stands on four hoofed feet, and has a bird form figural handle. The top of each leg is decorated with a large gargoyle mask. The domed lid has two chased designs done in the aesthetic movement style. Each of these chased decorations has a large vacant cartouche meant to hold a monogram, but this piece was never engraved with an inscription. The bowl has a diameter of 10 ¾” (27.3 cm) not counting the handles. Measured handle to handle this piece measures 14” (35.5 cm) wide. The large dish stands 8 ¼” (21 cm) tall. This piece has an insert ring that goes between the base and the lid. Originally there would have been an insert bowl (porcelain or enamelware) that fit under the lip of this ring. Unfortunately we do not have the insert bowl that goes with this piece.
Condition: This elegant serving bowl is in excellent condition overall, with a brilliant shine and no wear to the silver plating. Of course it is missing the insert bowl, but otherwise has only a few very minor flaws to note. There are a couple of extremely shallow tiny dings located on the lid within one of the cartouche fields. There are several minor dents on the interior floor area. There are a couple of very minor small dents on the outer lower edge of the base section as well (see detail photos). This piece has a small number of minor scratches here and there. We found a few tiny pinprick size pits on the lid, all located near the lower edge. There is a small indentation or “groove” on the lid’s lower edge as well, but this appears to be original to the piece.
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