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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An impressive set of three graduated William IV Old Sheffield Plate meat covers, with ornate leaf and scroll borders and detachable leaf, fruit and scroll handles; each crested with a horse's head issuing from a ducal coronet and the motto 'Ducitur

Silver plate meat dome with plain handle, circa 1900. Made by Walker & Hall. Ex Helena Downie Antiques (copy of receipt in office) approx 42 cm high, 30 cm wide

A silver plate meat cover and Cloche, the Larger by James Dixon & Son, the other by Hardy Brothers, the smaller with mesh side, 41 and 35 cm width

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

Two Victorian silver plate meat covers, one engraved with a crest and motto, 47 x 35 cm, the other 45 x 34 cm

Edwardian silver mounted and embossed leather stationary box, mark of Mappin & Webb limited, London, 1912, the half domed cover opening to an interior fitted for stationery, hallmarked, with key, height 20.5 cm width 31 cm depth 15 cm

Two Elkington and Co. silver plated graduating meat covers

A Victorian Walker & Hall Sheffield silver plated meat dome, ornate bead pattern border above the rim. Height 30.5 cm and length 45.5 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

Antique silver plated and glass flask with leather cover to top, 15.5 cm high

Antique silver plated dome top server on four feet & revolving top, monogram to lid, 21 cm high approx.

Large silver plated wire mesh food dome (retail and manufacturers stamps)

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

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

A Victorian silver chatelaine, clasp of open scrollwork design suspending five chains terminating with a needle case, a snuff bottle, a pocket knife, a thimble box (containing thimble) and hinged cover, a scissor sheath and a pair of scissors; Cornelius De

Good pair of Georgian Sheffield plate meat covers, with tinned interiors,. Width 38 cm approx

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

A graduated set of three James Dickson & Sons mesh and silver-plate meat domes, 50 cm high, 40 cm wide, largest dome

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

Victorian Thomas Oatley & Son silver plate butter dish & cover, approx 23 cm x 18 cm

A Walker & Hall mesh and silver-plate meat dome. 40 x 34 cm

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

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