Rare Vintage Sterling Silver Overlay Glass Tray with Monogrammed Initials
There will always be a desire for something new, fresh and innovative as well as a yearning and respect for timeless elegance and beauty. Helena Christiansen
The art of overlaying silver onto glass was first introduced in England in the late 1800's. Always considered an exquisitely beautiful style of design that married the talents of glassmakers with silversmiths, these artistic pieces were most sought after from 1900 to 1925. The Great Depression put a squash on such decadent dishware but in the 1940's and 1950's, this style became popular once again.
Although unmarked, except for the word "Sterling" etched under the initials, we think this plate dates to about the 1920's due to the age of the silver and the overall design, as opposed to later decades. It features a floral pattern with a center monogram and a fluted edge. Possibly a wedding or anniversary gift, it contains the initials F, P, and O; a nod to the bride's name as was the custom on monogrammed wedding gifts. The fun comes in guessing the name of the previous owner... was it Felicity Patience Owens or Faraday Pauline Oppenheimer or Florence Poppy Oswald? Perhaps. Or maybe this was the mark of a modern flapper couple that entwined both their names on this remarkable dish... Frank and Penelope Oneal or Frederick and Perla Olsen or Francoise and Phoebe Osbourne. Either way, you could make a game out of all this guessing for hours.
The original intention of this tray was to serve sandwiches but now we think it would make a lovely tray for hors d'oeuvres - treats that compliment your martini or your old-fashioned or your sparkly glass of champagne prepared on your vintage bar cart.
- Rare design
- Gorgeous weathered patina
- Unusual shape
The glass is chip and crack-free. The silver design bears some tarnish marks as expected with age. Some light utensil marks in the center monogram area.
Measures 14" inches in diameter.
Pair this beauty with your vintage silver and glass bar cart and you"ll be on your way to building a stunning area for your cocktail preparations. Its aesthetic is equally effective with aged dark woods, equestrian themed decor and any space that features dark glam style.
Looking for more vintage barware? This tray looks especially lovely with this 1940's champagne bucket.