A Pair of George III Silver Waiters or Trays London 1775 by John Carter


An excellent pair of silver waiters or small trays of circular form with gadrooned rims standing on three claw and ball feet. The center of each engraved with a standing lion above a coronet facing outward with its tail extended.

Marked to the underside for London 1775 by John Carter.

These pieces are in first class unrestored undamaged condition of good color and patina. Of excellent weight and gauge silver these are very attractive early small trays or waiters.

Height:  1 inch or 2.5 cm
Diameter: 8 inches or 25 cm
Weight: 802 g or 28.3 ounces or 25.79 ounces Troy 

The small salver or waiter was used everywhere in the household as an essential support for any item offered by a servant on any occasion, both as a mark of respect and to prevent any spills. Glasses had no place on the dinner table until about 1770, and the diner requiring a drink summoned a servant who filled a clean, sometimes chilled glass at the sideboard with wine, also served chilled from the cooler (whatever the colour), and offered it on a waiter or salver before returning it immediately to the cistern to be rinsed.


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