Antique Irish Silver Plated Oval Twin Handled Tray W. Gibson 1870
Regent Antiques has been trading in London for three decades. We specialise in English and Continental antique furniture, silver and porcelain. Our main markets are Europe and North America and we export worldwide. Antique Irish Silver Plated Oval Twin Handled Tray W. This is a wonderful antique Irish oval silver-plated twin handled tray W. Gibson & Son, Belfast, circa 1870 in date. This splendid large tray features beautifully engraved floral and foliate. The border and twin handles are embellished with high relief floral & shell decoration. It is splendid and luxurious and will look fabulous on your sideboard with decanters and glasses. The quality and craftsmanship throughout the piece are truly second to none. In excellent condition with clear makers marks and no dings, dents or signs of repair. Please see photos for confirmation. Height 5 x Width 64 x Depth 37. Height 2 inches x Width 2 feet, 1 inch x Depth 1 foot, 3 inches. William Gibson was born in 1838, the son of a small farmer in Drombroneth, Dromore. As a small boy he was apprenticed to his brother-in-law, James Crozier, who had an establishment in North Street, Belfast. At age 27 he set up his own business, first in North Street and then in Castle Junction at Gibson’s Corner. His range widened to include silver and gold objects of very high quality. He exhibited in the U. And Paris, where he won prizes. He had his own registered assay mark. He presented elaborate silver cups to the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society and the new mace for Belfast Corporation, first used in 1913 for the tercentenary of the granting of the its Charter by James 1. He also presented Queens University with a gold mace in 1909 to commemorate its new status as a University. Both maces are still in use today. The business expanded rapidly and was eventually formed into a limited company with premises in Regent Street London which ultimately became the Goldsmith and Silversmith company, the leading jewellery firm in the UK, producing goods of the highest quality. The company was acquired by Mappin and Webb for whom the late James Warwick, Headmaster of Belfast College of Art worked as a designer before World War II. Mappin and Webb was take over by Garrards, the present (2006) Crown Jewellers. The scholarships, for the promotion and encouragement of education in agriculture and the cultivation and management of land for profit, are awarded to undergraduates and postgraduates of Queens University who were born in Northern Ireland. Preference is given to students born in County Down or County Antrim. Gibson died on the 1st November 1913 at Hove, Sussex. Take a tour of our London showrooms. Take Piccadilly line to Manor House station. Go to top of escalators and turn left. Take exit 7 and walk straight on for 10 metres. Manor Warehouse is on the right. There is car parking available on site. Please make all cheques payable to Regent Antiques. Bank details: Regent Antiques – BBVA – Account: 05701615 – Sort: 23-59-11. For the best value, we recommend offsetting this cost by purchasing multiple items. This item is in the category “Antiques\Silver\Silver Plate\Plates/Platters/Trays”. The seller is “regentantiquesuk” and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.