A large English sterling silver footed salver having an incised, moulded and beaded rim and an engraved armorial ( thus far unidentified )and raised on ball and claw feet. Hallmarks for London, the silver standard, date letter for 1778-1779, and the maker John Schofield.
45 troy ounces, 14 inches in diameter. Fine condition with no repairs and some in-use scratches.
Peter Waldron, former head of the English Silver Department at Sothebys New Bond Street, has written that "Undoubtedly [Schofield was] one of the finest makers of the last quart of the 18th century. His craftsmanship and fine designs put him a head above any of his contemporaries."