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Antique Harrods Ironstone Warming Dish with Silverplated Dome

Antique Harrods Ironstone Warming Dish with Silverplated Dome

$375.00

Acquired at auction in London, this absolutely unique Ironstone Warming Dish with its Silverplated Dome is from the one and only Harrods. The ironstone dish is ingeniously designed with a reservoir intended to hold hot water and help keep food warm. The addition of a silverplated dome also ensures your favorite dish will be kept warm until ready to serve. The turned wood finial on the dome stays cool to the touch allowing for the perfect "Voila!" moment when the dome is lifted.

This lasting memento from one of the most fabulous stores in the world is sure to be a stately, pedigreed addition to your serveware collection. 


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. Circa 1900's. Measures 6.75"H x 12.25"W handle to handle. Inner serving area is 8.5"W. In very good antique condition.

Learn More About Harrods

Omnia Omnibus Ubique - All Things for All People, Everywhere.

Harrods.  It is much more than a department store or a magnificent building in the exclusive borough of Knightsbridge. Harrods is a British institution, rich in history and romanticism.  

It all began in 1824 when the 25 year old Charles Henry Harrod began a "draper, mercer and haberdasher" business in central London.  By 1849, Mr. Harrod had moved his growing business to its current Knightsbridge location - which at the time was a small village just outside London.  Occupying only a single room, employing two assistants and a messenger boy, Mr. Harrod focused on the grocery business, specializing in teas. In the years that followed, Harrod's son Charles Digby Harrod built the business into a thriving retail operation.  Harrods rapidly expanded, selling medicines, perfumes, stationery, along with fruit and vegetables.  By 1880, Harrods had acquired the adjoining buildings, and employed one hundred people.

The store's booming fortunes were reversed in early December 1883, when fire swept through the building, burning it to the ground. Remarkably, Charles Harrod fulfilled all of his commitments to his customers to make Christmas deliveries that year - and made a record profit in the process. As quickly as possible, a new building was built on the same site, and soon Harrods extended credit for the first time to its best customers, among them being Oscar Wilde, Charlie Chaplin, Noel Coward, Gertrude Lawrence, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Sigmund Freud, A.A. Milne and many members of the British Royal Family.  Harrods - the beautiful store filled with fabulous goods and serving a well-heeled clientele was definitely "on the map".

Recognized for its celebrity-endorsed sales, its magnificent food hall and its signature green bags, Harrods is one of the world's largest and most famous department stores.  With over a million square feet of space, Harrods sells luxury and everyday items across seven floors and 330 departments.  Harrods once boasted that "anything you could think of was for sale".  While that may not be exactly true, it is likely the only place where one can purchase historic 18th-century dinner plates, exquisite caviar and a giant teddy bear. Indeed, there is no place in the world quite like Harrods.

Learn More about Hotel Silver

Once found in Grand Hotels, chic cafés, elegant restaurants as well as luxury steamships and the dining cars of the great locomotives, vintage hotel silver beautifully evokes the Golden Age of Travel. Enduringly crafted using sturdy nickel silver as its base metal and coated with a thick plating of pure, gleaming silver, vintage hotel silver is unmistakeable for its simple, classic lines and its pleasing heft. Often crested with the name of the establishment, the pieces bear the gentle, lovely patina often referred to as a “butler’s finish”.

Produced by the great silversmiths here in the United States, as well as those in Britain and on the Continent, most hotel silver dates from the 1920s to the 1940s. Prized for its perfect blend of form and function, hotel silver was made to withstand the rigors of daily use. Highly collectible, vintage hotel silver is a wonderful addition to any home.

Evoking the days of elegant travel, there are many new ways that hotel silver can be enjoyed. A milk pitcher or sugar basin makes an elegant vase for flowers or fresh herbs on the kitchen counter. A collection of oval platters adds sparkle and depth in a hutch when not being called into service for a buffet or dinner party. A toast rack becomes the perfect way to display photographs, hold fingertip towels in a powder room or organize mail in the office. Mix and match cutlery brings a relaxed sophistication and elegance to any tablescape. Whatever the piece, vintage hotel silver is sure to stir memories not only of your own travels, but of exotic destinations and ports of call from parts unknown.

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