Boxed Britannia Silver Dish
This boxed Britannia silver dish has been commissioned for presentation by the Governors and Directors to staff and pensioners of the Bank of England to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Bank on the 27th of July 1694
The dish has been designed and made by Christopher Lawrence in Britannia Silver which is 95.8% pure, compared with 92.5% purity of Sterling Silver. Additionally, the design features a central motif based on Paget’s 1930 Britannia, overlaid on a representation of the cross of St George taken from the shield of the 1694 Britannia. Encircled with laurel leaves,four roses decorate the dish at each point of the cross.
Dish in immaculate order, the cardboard case has minor external wear.
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It is clear that bowls and other tableware have obviously been used for thousands of years. Indeed, the oldest discovery is of a bowl more than 18,000 years old. Further, bowls are a member of the family of hollowware along with items like kettles, jugs and pots. Consequently, bowls have been found in tombs worldwide and artefacts discovered as a result show that silver has likewise been popular for creating bowls for many years. For instance, silver bowls have, indeed, been found from the times of Ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome.
Indeed, the Ancient Greeks correspondingly used bowls and dishes which included small items known as phiales or pateras, and also bowl-shaped cups for drinking called kylices.
The more durable silver became commonplace in time as a material from which to manufacture dishes. However, initially, the cost of the silver and the craftsmanship involved restricted these items to the wealthy classes.