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FOOTED SALVER - CALCUTTA 1926-1937
Material: silver of 916/1000 (mainly silver and zinc
alloy) or 925/000 (sterling standard
Silversmith: H & Co Ld. for Hamilton & Company Limited
Crafting method: Mainly hand made
Dimension: Height: Height: 2,5 cm; dimension 25,4 x 25,4 cm
Weight: 773 g
This salver was made in Calcutta (India) by Hamilton & Company,
which was established by Robert Hamilton and others at the
beginning of 19th century. Due to the fact that the British
regulation on hallmarking was not in force in the British
Colonies, immigrated silversmiths were use to mark the
silverware with their trade mark and a series of
pseudo-hallmarks similar to those used in England and Scotland
for sterling silver.
Marks, struck in line on the border of the salver are: H & Co
Ltd. (trade mark of Hamilton & Company Limited); an elephant, a
roman capital A and the word 'silver'. These particular
hallmarks were in use between 1926 and 1937.
The salver is of very good gauge and mainly hand made. It is not
clear if at the date of crafting of this salver, silversmiths
working in India were using the former alloy of 916/1000 purity
or the sterling standard like in the U.K.
The salver has a plane and elegant art deco style, with square
shape and a very simple decoration of the border. Also feet are
very simple according to the art deco style.
The overall condition is very good.