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 large Victorian silver plated meat Cloche. Late 19th century, with marks for James Dixon & Sons with bugle and banner, the oval dome with a mesh frieze, having a cross over twig style handle. Height 28 cm. Length 44.5 cm. Width 34.5 cm
Silver plated James Dixon & Sons meat dome & well having a well & tree platter with warming jacket, standing on four scrolled feet with trunk form handles, the cover with a gadrooned lid & a reeded border. condition good to fair, some dents
A silver plated meat Cloche, late 19th century, with bell mark for William & George Sissons, the oval dome with a waisted rim, having an ornate cast and chased grape vine and leaf handle; bell mark of maker underside. Length 36 cm. Width 26.5 cm
A large late Victorian Sheffield plate food Cloche, late 19th century, with maker's marks for James Dixon & Sons. Of typical dome form, with a reeded motif to the lower rim, a broad mesh band and a coiled reed handle; with marks to the interior. He
A Victorian Sheffield plate food Cloche, theird quarter 19th century, with maker's mark for John round & Son. Of typical dome form, with a beaded rim and a scrolled handle also with a graduated bead motif; with marks to interior and signature globe
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