Antique Lesson - Silver Breakfast Dish

I have always loved these beautiful silver serving pieces.  For years I wondered what they were originally used for and at one point asked a friend who is well versed on such things.  She said, "Oh, those are game servers."  So, from then on I've been calling them game servers.  When I tried to do a little computer research on them using "game server" as my search term,  I quickly realized she was misinformed!  So, here's the scoop on this unusual piece.

According to the Bryan Douglas Antique Silver Company, this beautiful dish was used for serving hot food at breakfast, and usually placed on a sideboard.

 The earliest known examples date from the latter part of the 18th century but they are rare in silver before 1790. 


Some have in-built spirit burner lamps underneath to keep the food warm, whereas later ones have a revolving cover and a hot-water compartment in the base.

Decoration varied from very plain early styles, through heavily engraved Victorian examples.

The vast majority were made in the 19th century in silverplate and they are still being made today.  Most have an oval body sitting on four feet.  

So, now you know the story behind this rare find.
As for an affordable look-a-like on this one . . . I found none.  If you have a source, I would love to hear about it.  

5 comments:

  1. These are stunning and like you I have a weakness for antique silver. I have collected some lovely pieces over the years and enjoy using them instead of just stashing them away....I use holidays, birthdays, Christmas or any other special occasion to whip them out and use and enjoy them for all to see. Everything looks and tastes better when served on gorgeous antique silver!
    PS Hope you "educated" your friend..lol.

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  2. Would love to have a collection of antique silver one day...I adore these pieces and learning a bit about the history behind it!

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  3. Beautiful pieces, I would love to own one!! I bet you could find them at antique fairs around your area, just a thought. Thanks for the history behind them.

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  4. Beautiful! Thank you for the antique lesson, I love learning about old china and silver!

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