This fabulous large silver plated serving tray/platter is by W A S Benson and was made c.1910-15. It is boat shaped with raised sides and scroll handles. The underside is stamped W A S Benson" within a cartouche with the letter "L" below.. A fabulous and useful item that would display very well with the cocktail shaker that is on the site!!
Weight: 4lbs 11.5ozs - 2137gms
Height: 2.56ins - 6.5cms
Length: 31.10ins - 79cms
Width: 12.05ins - 30.6cms
W. A. S. Benson
William Arthur Smith Benson was educated at Oxford and initially decided to train as an architect. Friendships with Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris reinforced his desire to work with his hands & in 1880 he opened his first workshop making furniture that was sold by Morris & Co. W A Benson & Co. became highly successful and the next 10 years saw major expansion with a factory in Hammersmith and a shop in Bond Street making art metalware for table use and for oil, gas & electric lighting fittings. Benson advised on lighting schemes in churches & public buildings including St Paul’s Cathedral and some of the colleges at both Oxford & Cambridge University.
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