A nice English silver plated butter dish with realistically modelled cow finial and glass starburst liner. C. 1950's.
Elegant openwork pattern all around the rim of the dish. The piece is stamped EPNS but otherwise unmarked. Of a similar quality and style to Mappin & Webb or Elkington.
Condition: Fine. There are no marks. *The stain on the silver cover is just leftover polish. Oops!
Dimensions: 4cm high,11cm wide and 14cm long.
Provenance: Ex. Property of a Hampshire estate, UK.
*Currently for sale on eBay*
Mappin & Webb traces its origins to 1775, when Jonathan Mappin opened a silver workshop in Sheffield, then as now a major centre of the English silver trade. The business eventually became Mappin Brothers.
One of Jonathan Mappin's great grandsons, John Mappin, started his own business in London, Mappin & Company, in 1860, which became Mappin, Webb & Co. in 1862 after John Mappin was joined by his brother-in-law George Webb. The first Mappin & Webb store opened in 1860 at 77-78 Oxford Street, London and the company's candelabras, fine silverware and vanity products swiftly gained renown. As a natural progression from silverware, Mappin & Webb began designing jewellery. Mappin, Webb & Co. acquired Mappin Brothers in 1903. However, shortly after it was subject to a hostile takeover (through shares) in the 1930s. Since then it has changed ownership many times.
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