BATEMAN FAMILY.  An exceptionally rare George III Toasting Cheese Dish made in London in 1803 by Peter, Ann & William Bateman.
BATEMAN FAMILY.  An exceptionally rare George III Toasting Cheese Dish made in London in 1803 by Peter, Ann & William Bateman.
BATEMAN FAMILY.  An exceptionally rare George III Toasting Cheese Dish made in London in 1803 by Peter, Ann & William Bateman.
BATEMAN FAMILY.  An exceptionally rare George III Toasting Cheese Dish made in London in 1803 by Peter, Ann & William Bateman.
BATEMAN FAMILY.  An exceptionally rare George III Toasting Cheese Dish made in London in 1803 by Peter, Ann & William Bateman.

BATEMAN FAMILY. An exceptionally rare George III Toasting Cheese Dish made in London in 1803 by Peter, Ann & William Bateman.

1803 London

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The Dish is rectangular in form with an everted rim decorted with beading. The domed cover terminates in a cast beaded Classical urn finial and is engraved with a contemporary Crest, as is the base. This example has a turned fruitwood side handle and is in quite excellent condition. The bottom of the dish has a hot water jacket which can be filled by unscrewing the handle. The chain on the finial can be attached to the silver section of the handle, so that the cover remains upright. The Dish is fully marked on the base and with the sterling mark and duty mark on the cover and is of a very good weight.

Among the innovations of the last quarter of the Eighteenth Century were specialised dishes for melting cheese on toast. The cheese toaster is equipped with a hot water jacket, which is filled through a conical socket, with removable wooden handle. Squares of toasted bread were thereby kept warm while the cheese layered on top melted and bubbled by the heat of an open fire. The cover was raised to an angle and secured with a silver chain affixed to a ring on the finial and hooked to another ring on the handle. The reflective interior of the cover aided the process of melting and toasting the cheese.

Cheese Toasters are extremely rare, however this is the first time we have seen one coming from the Bateman Workshops. Silver made by Peter, Ann & William Bateman is relatively scarce as their partnership only lasted from 1800 until 1805.

Length: 8.5 inches, 21.25cm.
Width: 5.5 inches, 13.75cm.
Height, to the top of the finial: 3 inches, 7.5cm.
Weight: 28oz.
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