Meat covers, also known as dish covers, were designed for covering large platters in order to protect the food and retain the heat. They are usually ovel, matching the typical shape of tha platter, and vary in size from about 30 cm to 60 cm. They are topped by a reeded or foliate handle. While the surface of most are solid metal, there are examples where the outer surface is wholly or partly plated wire mesh. The covers were made in silver, Sheffield plate and silver plate and earlier silver examples date from the mid 1700s. Due to the amount of silver they contain, and consequently their cost, and value if sold for melt, silver covers are vastly outnumbered by plated examples. Sheffield plated examples date from the early 1800s while plated covers are generally from the Victorian era.
A George III English silver flagon, London 1780, of tapering cylindrical form with stepped dome cover, the loop and hinge over acanthus leaf and scroll moulded handle, bright cut family crest bellow spout and obituary inscriptions to the base, makers mark
A rare large Victorian period silver plated meat dish cover of plain oval shape bearing the engraved armorial of Sir George Grey which consists of: Issuant, Knight's Helm, open and affronte, upon a wreath of colours, a Unicorn Passant Ermine, armed maned t
A silver plated food cover, early 20th century, maker's mark James Dixon & Sons, the electroplated British metal cover of typical oval domed form with a broad wire mesh frieze a moulded plate to the Crown with a reeded oval-shaped ring handle; marked under
A silver plated food cover, early 20th century, of typical oval domed form with a Greek key frieze to the base, running bead decoration to the rim, a scrolled ring handle with further bead embellishments. Height 21.5 cm. Width 35 cm. Depth 27 cm
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