An Exquisite Irish Sterling Silver Table Dish Ring of traditional form and rare small proportions, complete with original glass liner.
The circular pierced body depicting a seated swan, a flying bird and a small fox with scroll and floral decoration.
Marks for Birmingham dated 1908, makers mark is indistinct.
Condition: Perfect with no imperfections, liner is also perfect. Both cartouches are vacant.
Height: 2.5" (6.5cm). Diam: (base) 4" (10cm).
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IRISH DISH RING (sometimes erroneously referred to as Potatoe Rings) were first made in Dublin Ireland between about 1780 and 1808, were originally of silver and highly ornamented. They were usually elliptical in outline and wider in each dimension below than above. The largest know examples were up to ten inches in diam and up to four inched in height. Use was made of both piercing and repousse work to obtain the highest decorative effects, this style of decoration was necessary to help the heat escape from hot table dishes through the piercing. This is a stunning example in wonderful condition.