Entree Dish

Maker: Taylor and Lawrie (active 1837–62)

Retailer: Bailey and Kitchen (active ca. 1833–46)

Date: ca. 1839

Geography: Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Culture: American

Medium: Silver

Dimensions: Overall: 7 7/8 x 12 5/8 x 10 1/4 in. (20 x 32.1 x 26 cm); 86 oz. 1 dwt. (2676.2 g)
Cover: 4 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 8 1/16 in. (11.4 x 24.1 x 20.5 cm)
Liner: 2 1/4 x 9 1/4 x 7 11/16 in. (5.7 x 23.5 x 19.5 cm)

Classification: Silver

Credit Line: Purchase, Edward J. Scheider Gift, in memory of Kathleen N. Scheider, 2003

Accession Number: 2003.382a–c

Description

This covered entrée dish, a rare form in American silver, reflects the burgeoning popularity of the dinner service at this date. Bailey and Kitchen, one of the leading silver and jewelry retailers in nineteenth-century Philadelphia, introduced Britain’s sterling standard to the United States in an effort to compete with English imports. The design of the dish, especially the scroll-and-shell feet, harks back to London silver of the 1760s and 1770s.

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