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RESTORATION - An important Restoration Two Handled Marriage Sweetmeat Dish. Made in London in 1664, Maker's Mark of PD, with three pellets above and a cinquefoil below.

This very fine, and extremely rare, early Restoration Sweetmeat Dish was made in London in 1664, and bears the maker's mark of PD with three pellets above and a cinquefoil below - illustrated on page 125 of Jackson's Silver and Gold marks. As you will see from the images, this piece is circular in form with a raised rim. The main body is unusually decorated with arrow heads, in addition to a beaded oval, stylised foliate motifs and raised crisp bunches of grapes. The dish has two side handles which are decoarted with beading and the centre is engraved with the prick dot initials of TS over AB, denoting a marriage. The reverse is engraved with the initials MB, denoting the giver, possibly a parent of AB. This piece is in excellent, crisp, condition and is of a good gauge, the finest we have ever offered. The edge, on the reverse, displays a full set of hallmarks. These dishes were used for sweetmeats, sugar covered confections, which would have been the height of luxury at this date.

These dishes, especially in this condition, are very rare. This represents a very scarce example of English silver, after the restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, and the return of King Charles II, to the throne. Prior to this date, ornate silver production had been frowned upon during the Puritanical rule of Oliver Cromwell.

Length, handle to handle: 9.6 inches.
Diameter: 6.9 inches.
Weight: 8oz.