Learn about Meat Covers

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.

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Elkington and Co. plated meat cover with deer head hand. 37 cm high 555 wide

Victorian mesh food cover. Heavy silver plated construction with beaded foot ring & ornate handle. 37 x 29 cm

Good Sheffield silver plated meat cover maker HJ, 29 cm wide approx.

Silver plated meat cover. Some wear to plate. Length 38 cm

Silver plated meat cover with engraved knight design to front, approx 22 cm high, 35 cm wide

Antique silver plated food cover and one other the food cover (EPGS), 25.5 cm wide, together with vintage silver plated tureen

Antique plated meat dome A. Saunders Sydney, measures 35.5 cm

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 large late Victorian silver plate meat cover with engraved flower and bird decoration, a small dent and a patch of worn silver. Height 330 length 51.5 cm

A good 19th century silver plate meat cover, with armorial crest 'Fiesta Lente' finely engraved within fern and foliage and branch trelis designs 52 cm width

Large antique plated dome covered meat serving plater with hot water jacket, standing on four scroll feet.

Large silver plated meat dome with floral cartouches and large stag on oak leaf handle, base measurements 47 x 36 cm

A set of 5 Victorian plated graduated meat covers, each with crest, a beaded detachable handle and beaded edge.

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

Silver plated meat dome with beaded border, maker M&S. Length 41 cm height 25 cm

An Edwardian silver plate meat cover, together with large engraved silver plate kettle (2) 32 cm width & 32 cm high

A Victorian silver plated oval meat cover with beaded edge and detachable handle. By Rogers Sheffield. Length 30 cm

A large 19th century oval Sheffield plate domed meat cover with gadrooned border and detachable scroll handle. Inset silver engraving panel. Length 50 cm

A late Victorian oval silver plated meat cover with gadrooned border and removable scroll handle. Length 35 cm