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A very rare eighteenth century pastry server made in London in 1785 by George Smith in fiddle pattern.The handle is engraved with the initial and crest of a Baron.This is a very rare serving piece on several counts.Pastry servers from the Georgian period are rare in themselves but to find one as early as this and in fiddle pattern doubly so.Fiddle pattern is not common until the beginning of the nineteenth century and in the 1780’s very rare although common in France where the pattern originated.Pastry servers were more common in France so this may be based on a French model.The rarity of Georgian pastry servers (rather than common fish slices that are often used and sold for cakes) is a cultural one.Most cakes and pastries were cut downstairs in the kitchens and then presented by the household staff in baskets,and therefore an implement for serving at the table was deemed unnecessary.The server has the incuse mark of George III (only used in 1784/5) and is in excellent condition.The maker George Smith was one of the most important flatware makers in the latter part of the eighteenth century.


23.2 cms


3.15 Troy ozs

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FA 217x21
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