Description and Details
We are delighted to be able to offer this wonderful solid silver snuffer tray made by Henry Hallsworth in London, 1774.Featuring traditional Georgian decorations, this tray presents a wonderful hour-glass shape accented with a gadrooned border with four embedded Rococo-style scrolled shells.
The tray is supported by four cast-silver griffin feet.In the centre, a crest and motto for the Fox-Strangways family are present: "Faire Sans Dire" meaning 'to do without saying' in French. Furthermore and most notably, a five-pointed Earl's coronet is engraved signifying that this tray was likely owned by the 1st Earl of Ilchester; Stephen Fox-Strangways (1704–1776).
The 1st Earl of Ilchester - Stephen Fox-Strangways (1704–1776)
In addition to the historic interest of this piece, we personally are very much fond of the motto's meaning - a profound and proverbial reminder that actions speak louder than words and a memorandum for humility, modesty yet decisive action. Perhaps, in practical usage as a pen tray, we hope that it will be a nice visual reminder upon picking up one's pen. Quite suitably, silver itself has historically been a sophisticated & silent manner of conveying one's artistic and societal status as the object's implication is simply evident on sight: refined opulence. This snuffer tray would originally have been used to place a silver snuffer (for putting out candles) on top however, due to its versatile size and design, in the modern day, it is equally suitable for practical uses. Why not indulge and get creative with ideas of how to serve your favourite treats or perhaps as an opulent way of offering and enjoying a cigar in company with your guests? Other uses may include a pen tray, jewellery stand, cutlery holder, etc.
The tray is fully hallmarked with Georgian English marks on the base.
*Please note all other items photographed are for display purposes only and this listing is for the tray only.
- Size (cm) L:17.5cm W:9cm H:2cm
- Size (inches) L:6.88 W:3.54 H:0.78
- Weight: 161 grams (5.17 Troy oz)
Great Condition - The tray great antique condition with no major damage or issues. Due to its age, there is some wear on the high points of the decoration and the marks are worn.
Due to the wear, the reverse side shows some of the original cast lines however they are not significant and cannot be seen when in use.
We aim to overemphasize and state these issues to avoid disappointment and thus please rest assured they are not significant nor affect usage of the items.
Please refer to the photographs to examine the condition in further detail.
We will always ensure your items are packaged with the utmost care and see the delivery through to the end. In the very rare and unfortunate case of non-delivery/courier loss, you are fully covered with us and we will fully refund you.
*Colours of the product may slightly differ from the photos due to different computer screens & lighting conditions*
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