An Exquisite Sterling Silver Table Dish Ring of traditional form and rare small proportions, complete with original blue glass liner.
The circular pierced body depicting figures and animals with scroll and floral decoration.
Marks for London 1900, makers mark is indistinct.
Condition: Perfect with no imperfections, liner is also perfect. Both cartouches are vacant.
Height: 1.75" (4.5cm). Diam: (base) 4.5" (11.5cm).
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TABLE DISH RINGS (sometimes erroneously referred to as Potatoe Rings) were first made in Ireland and also in England 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.