A vintage, possibly antique, pair of shell shaped dishes with shell shaped supports to the base. On the lip of each shell a dragon is engraved (see below).
Each dish bears the makers marks, from the left hand side on the underside of each dish, of a shield with a horse's head facing right in profile; in the centre there's an odd escutcheon with some letters or numbers on it which we have been unable to decipher, and on the right is a shield with three birds facing towards the left. In addition, underneath these marks there is an impressed number 598, probably the design or pattern number. We believe that these marks might be the marks of the Friedman Silver Company, Brooklyn, New York (probably 1908 to 1960).
There is a degree of tarnishing in the bowl of each dish (again which we have tried to show in the photographs) and some wear to the silver plate probably from overzealous cleaning, including the area of the dragon engraving on one of the dishes. Other than this, the bowls appear to be structurally sound.
Each dish measures approximately 6.125in top to bottom and about 6in across. The rim of the dish stands approximately 1.375in high. Exact age of this dish is unknown but the above dates can act as a guide. Each dish weighs between 178g and 175g.
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