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A very fine & unusual pair of George IV Silver Gilt Dishes made in London in 1824 by Joseph Craddock & William Ker Reid.

£ 1,450

Each dish is silver gilt and has an unusual eye shaped form with deep central oval section. The rim is decorated with gadrooning and each end terminates in an acanthus leaf and "Onslow" scroll. The border is also engraved with a contemporary Bishop's Mitre Crest, with the Motto "In Cruce Spero -I hope in the Cross" above. The dishes are in excellent condition and are fully marked on the reverse. These dishes could be used on the table for salt, jellies and horseradish sauce, the gilding protecting the silver. The Crest and Motto are those of Robert Barker Esq, of Bury Hill, Dorking, County Surrey. The Bury Hill estate was created by Edward Walter in 1735, On his death Bury Hill came into the hands of his son-in-law, Viscount Grimston and was sold in two lots in 1815. Nearly a thousand acres were bought by Robert Barclay, a wealthy Southwark brewer, and it remainded in their family for 150 years. Barclay was agreat gardener and botanist and he created pleasure gardens with large ornamental lakes. An image of Bury Hill is attached. Creadock & Reid were exceptional silversmiths and their work is nearly always of innovative design and the finest quality.

Length: 6.25 inches, 15.63cm.
Width: 3.6 inches, 9cm.
Weight: 12oz, the pair.