A Victorian silver salver, E. J. and W. Barnard, London 1848, of serpentine circular form with a flat chased band of foliate scrolls within a pierced foliate scroll border set with flowerheads, on four panel feet 571gms, 27.5 cm diameter
salver. A plate or tray used for the formal offering of food, drink, letters or visiting cards, usually of silver plate, silver or silver-gilt. Large, heavy, oblong or oval silver salvers evolved into what we know as trays in the 18th century. Small, flat salvers are known as waiters.
chasing. The method of decorating gold and silver objects using a punch and hammer so that the design appears in relief.
Flat or surface chasing is done from the front giving the item definition, but not cutting into the metal.
Chasing is the opposite technique to repousse, but an object that has repousse work, may then have chasing applied to create a finished piece.
The buyers premium is an additional percentage charge on the hammer price of the item, imposed by the auction house to cover administrative costs. The buyers premium percentage varies between auction houses, with a range of 12.5% to 22%.