A particularly pretty dish cross,
of usual adjustable X-form,
with detailed piercing beading and bright cutting,
the central round support beaded and centering
a pierced and bright cut open rosette of acanthus leaves;
each arm with a rectangular trellis-work slider and surmounted by further corresponding
circular pierced and beaded bright cut acanthus leaf dish supports raised on spurred c-scrolls;
the arms raised on spurred c-scroll legs ending also in circular pierced and beaded acanthus leaf feet;
each arm end with beaded round terminals
Fully marked to one arm, makers mark and lion passant to the other arm, the underside of centre with lion passant only :
Condition : Excellent and without breaks or repairs;
excellent and crisp bright-cutting and marks
The "dish cross" is an outgrowth of the earlier brazier, often with hot coals,
for heating and support of a dish on a side table.
They date from the mid-18th century, some having burners, and some simply as raised support.
William Abdy I : Active 1763-1790. First mark as small worker 1763. Second and third marks 1767.
Fourth and fifth marks 1769. Sixth mark (2 sizes, 1779). Seventh mark as plateworker 1790.
His son, William Abdy II, entered his first mark in 1790 shortly after his father's death.
Worked at Oat Lane, Noble Street.
12.25" Long, 3.75" Overall Height / 15.8 oz.