Learn about Entree Dishes

The name would indicate that entree dishes were designed to serve the course before the main course. However they are also called "serving dishes" which is probably more indicative of their purpose: to hold and serve the vegetables accompanying the meat, or to hold the hot accompaniments for a breakfast. In order to keep the contents of the dish warm, many entree dishes had an inlet and double skinned base so that hot water could be added to the lower section of the dish. Another feature of theses dishes is the detachable top handle, allowing the dish itself to be heated in the oven or on the stove, with the unheated handle added after the hot dish was removed from the heat. They became popular in the late 18th century, and were often made in pairs or fours. When owned by an important family, the family's armourials were often engraved on the lid.

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An Antique Sheffield plate oblong entree dish, cover and two handled warming stand, circa 1820, 34 x 21 cm

A Hardy Bros, Sydney small silver-plated serving dish

A quality silver-plate waiter, together with a silver-plate entree dish waiter with registration diamond 26 cm

A Sheffield Plate entree dish with warming base, lozenge shaped with four scroll feet and acanthus handles to the sides, a removable handle to the lid; the lid engraved twice with the arms of Hall (once borne by the Bishop of Bristol). Multiple maker's sta

A fifty six piece silver plated Christofle cutlery service, Marly pattern, a service for eight people comprising dinner knives and forks, entree knives and forks, soup and dessert spoons and teaspoons; with canteen; with Christofle silver plate marks to fo

A Sheffield plate meat serving dish The oval dish having a gadrooned and foliate scroll rim, with recessed drainage tree to the interior, supported on lion paw feet, one of which is stamped 'S' 5 cm high, 56 cm wide, 45 cm deep. Property from the Collectio

Silver plated meat serving dish, along with a silver plated soup tureen, Cutlers & Co. Alpha plate, approx 30 cm high, 34cm wide (2)

French silver plated serving dish with glass liner, approx 7.5 cm high, 43 cm wide

A collection of silver plated items including tea pot, ice bucket, entree dish etc.

Set 6, each silverplated entree knives & forks. Stamped W & H (Walker & Hall).

5 various silver plated items, including two various ice buckets; cheese cover & under plate; comport; & oval serving tray. Length 60 cm (tray)

Collection of silver plated items to include entree dish, circular tray, teapot etc

A pair of Sheffield plate entree dishes by Blagden Hodgson & Co ( 1825 - 1840)

An old sheffield plate entree dish with silver mounts and retailers mark and warmer (1830-45). Width 39 cm, depth 22 cm, height 18 cm

Antique plated oval lidded entree dish, approx 14 cm high, 31 cm long, 24 cm deep

A late 19th century plated bacon dish with a revolving top, with chassed decoration, on four feet terminating in paw feet. 30 cm wide

A pair of early 20th century entree dishes and covers with detachable handles. Together with a plated muffin-dish with a domed cover

Collection of silver plated items including entree dish muffineer set, Hardy Bros basket etc

Selection of silver plated items, to include antique coffee, large twin handled service tray, pot, entree dish, jug etc

Three Walker and Hall Sheffield Plate entree dishes with acanthus leaf border. Marked to base and two with monogramme 'MM'. Length 33 cm

A silver-plate chafing dish, circular with division, insulated base, screw handle; James Dixon. Diameter 26 cm

A crystal and silver-plate serving dish, the rectangular dish in a silver-plate frame with flamingo figure supports. Length 26.5 cm

A Sheffield plate asparagus serving tray, early 20th century, with crossed arrows and marks for William Hutton & Sons, the oval low form dish with broad scrolling asymmetric rims and plain tubular scrolled handles, raised upon an oval footed tubular trivet