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Two Silver- Plated Oblong Two-Handled Trays, early 20th century

Two Silver- Plated Oblong Two-Handled Trays, early 20th century

Item Description:

Apparently unmarked, both with chased Rococo style decoration to the surface, having leafy shell cornered gadroon or floral scroll borders


Wear to plating, copper showing through. Please contact for specific condition questions.


Said to have belonged to the Estate of Charles Barclay of Scotland


Smaller Tray:

Length 24 3/8 in. x Width 13 5/16 in.

Length 19.5 in. (excluding handles)

Larger Tray:

Length 25 3/8 in. x 15 1/16 in.

Length 20 1/4 in. (excluding handles)

About The Artist:

Silver plating or electro plating is a process that uses an electrical current to reduce dissolved metal cations so that they form a coherent metal coating on an electrode.

Electroplating is primarily used to change the surface properties of an object, and mainly in this case to give the object the look of being made out of silver. From a technical point of view, a current is passed from the cathode of an electrolyte cell into the anode (a silver object). Positive silver ions flow into the cathode from the silver cyanide where they are neutralized and stick into the object being plated as silver metal. The anode bar loses electrons to become silver ions until it dissolves. Meanwhile the silver metals are transferred to the cathode. This process continues until the desired texture is achieved in the cathode.


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Two Silver- Plated Oblong Two-Handled Trays, early 20th century

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