A lovely early Irish antique silver tazza with simple reed border and pedestal foot. Beautiful plain style typical of the period. Hand engraved to the centre is an angel holding a sword and shield; very charming. The underside is initialled F over D.A. Weight 155 gms, 5 troy ounces. Height 5 cms. Diameter 13.5 cms. Marked on top and the foot with Irish silver stamps for Dublin 1706. Maker Henry Matthews.
This rare silver salver is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The silver marks are clear and easy to read. The pedestal foot has the harp mark. The hand engraving is crisp, original and of excellent quality.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
From the 17th century until the reign of George I, salvers (often called tazzas) were raised on a pedestal foot. By 1700 some were made with the foot unscrewing. Very occasionally this type will also have 3 or 4 feet so that the salver can be used on a lower level.