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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A Victorian sterling silver meat cover, James Deakin and Sons, London, 1894, the domed form surmounted by an applied scroll, leaf and bud ring handle resting on an oval base with gadroon border, a similar gadroon border around the base, 3325 gms, 31.5 cm h

A silver model of a canoe on stand under dome, with a plaque: 'To master G. Wilkinson from the R. M. Detachment, hallmarked sterling Doris 1917'.

Stuart Devlin collection 10 silver gilt Christmas carol boxes, comprising: good King Wenceslas, London 1971, the matted rectangular cover with applied bow and ribbon lifting to reveal King Wenceslas looking out with a pile of logs at his feet; God rest Ye

A silver hip flask, of lozenge section with decorative all-over machine engraving, the bayonet cover with staple hinge. Presentation engraved. Birmingham 1929 by Henry Matthews. Height 11 cm

A silver hip flask, of lozenge section with all-over machine engraving, the bayonet cover with staple hinge. Birmingham 1948 by Walker & Hall. Height 13.5 cm

Stuart Devlin, London 1979 boxed silver and silver gilt Christmas Carol Surprise box, 'While shepherds watched their flocks by night' matted silver gilt textured rectangular cover surmounted with a simulated string bow, opening to reveal an angel upon four

A sterling silver mounted spirit flask with lizard skin cover and presentation inscription for 3rd prize awarded to A.D Prouse 'Scally Wag'. Presented by the offices of East Indies Squadron 1905 sailing club. Sheffield, 1904. Height 13 cm

A sterling silver mounted spirit flask with lizard skin cover and presentation inscription for 3rd prize awarded to A.D Prouse 'Scally Wag'. Presented by the offices of East Indies Squadron 1905 sailing club. Sheffield, 1904. Height 13 cm

A French glass and gilt absinthe bottle, early 20th century; silver and gold mixed metal marks and lozenge mark of Baudet with deer at base of flask, a baluster shaped bottle with finely etched iris and foliage, the pull off dome cap and flask gilt washed;

A James Dixon & Sons E.P.B.M silver 1/4 pint hip flask with half leather cover

A Victorian sterling silver hip flask, marked Ws (Williams Summers?), London, 1887/8, retailed by F.B. Thomas & Co., new Bond Street, London, of typical form with a hinged cap, the base cover with gilt interior, the front engraved with an armorial crest of

A George V silver match box holder, by Omar Ramsden, London 1935, the cover cast with St George slaying a dragon, engraved 'Omar Ramsden Me Fecit', 7.5 cm high

A sterling silver filigree model of a sailing ship, modern, marked 925, an indentified stamp to the stand, the stylized model of a three-masted ship entirely in filigree, wire, and sheet, mounted on a wooden stand with a glass cover. Height 14 cm. Width 19

Rare Australian silver emu diorama on blackwood stand, modelled with ferns and shrubs on rocky base, on a turned timber stand under glass dome. Unmarked. height overall: 23 cm. Provenance: Private Collection

A large silver oval meat-cover, by R & W Sorley, Glasgow, 1899. Provenance: Christie's Melbourne March 2001 lot 362

A George III sterling silver meat cover, makers mark William fountain, London, circa 1810, the high domed cover with ribbed trim above the base band and with a small scrolled handle to top displays an incised British coat of arms insignia to front and an a

Three graduated Victorian silver plate meat covers, each of campana form with engraved foliate decoration, the largest 51 cm wide.

A silver match vesta by J. M. Wendt, Adelaide, with a hinged cover and wax match striker, the body with engraved monogram Jbl, together with, the vesta 33gms, the ring box 37gms

An Indian silver repousse large covered jar the jar body and cover profusely all-over decorated with embossed birds amongst flowering foliage, floral engraved bands encircling the tapering shoulder and straight neck, the base with a coronet, initialled 'Bc

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