Beautiful examples of the silversmith's art and are hallmarked for Birmingham, 1930.
They were made by Henry Matthews who was registered as working from Vittoria Street in Birmingham from 1893 - 1930.
Henry Matthews was a Birmingham based silversmith; his first mark was registered in 1894; production stopped in 1930.
His office was on Vittoria Street, Birmingham. He is particularly remembered for his small silver items that required great attention to detail, such as card cases, picture frames and fine dishes like my ones on offer here.
These matching dishes come in their original hard fitted black leather case, lined with cream silk - the case is inscribed on the interior of the lid that these were retailed by Sharman Neill, Belfast.
These are just exquisite in both design and detail and are a very stylish pair of Celtic Revival dishes.
Each bowl is on an elegant trumpet-shaped foot, the bowl section is a nicely shaped open one, with applied decoration of entwined Celtic knotwork / strapwork running all around the rim and embellished with delicate Celtic bosses.
On each dish at the sides is a lovely pair of drop handles. These hang perfectly straight - although it might not appear so on one photo... they are just fine!
Each dish is 9.5 cm in height. The diameter of the bowl is 10 cm. The diameter of the base is 6 cm.
Each dish weights around 125 grams.
Good vintage condition and comes in original fitted case.
The only condition issue is one tiny ding on the stand of one dish - but very minor and probably quite acceptable (if you look carefully, you can see this on the stem of the right-hand side dish in my header or first image on my listing).
It has been difficult to show all the details of these pair of dishes in only 10 photographs - for serious interest more photographs can be supplied on request.
A fair price for such beautifully made and unusual pieces - they look just fabulous on display.