5089 A Pair of Silver Coasters
This is a pretty pair of George III silver coasters (not Old Sheffield Plate) although they were made in Sheffield - apparently by Richard Morton & Co., who were among the very earliest of makers to have their wares assayed in Sheffield.
The straight sides are pierced with a recurring geometrical pattern with one octagonal cartouche on each coaster left un-pierced to take a heraldic crest. We have been unable to ascertain to which family the crest belongs. The rims are decorated with beading.
As with nearly all coasters of this general pattern, the marks are lightly struck and have been somewhat degraded in having the mahogany bases inserted. However, while the town mark is clear, and the date letter is legible (just),the makers' mark is conjectural. The only part of it which can be clearly seen is the 'R', but it seems that the only firm registered at Sheffield at that date starting with an 'R' was Mortons.
It is a sad fact a previous owner of these coasters was an utter idiot, because while the silver is in good condition, the mahogany bases have beenn used to stub out cigarettes! We took the decision to leave the bases as they were in order to maintain originality , but making and fitting new mahogany bases should not prove difficult - or expensive.
Because of the two shortcomings mentioned above, these coasters are priced at an outstandingly low price. A quick look at the prices of other pairs of Georgian coasters on the Internet will show these to be considerably less than half the price of any others of comparable age and design.
Dimensions: 4.9", 12.5 cm. diameter, 1.4", 3.8 cm. high
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