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c1837 Portugal Oporto Porto Coat of Arms Silver Dishes
  • c1837 Portugal Oporto Porto Coat of Arms Silver Dishes
  • c1837 Portugal Oporto Porto Coat of Arms Silver Dishes
  • c1837 Portugal Oporto Porto Coat of Arms Silver Dishes
  • c1837 Portugal Oporto Porto Coat of Arms Silver Dishes

c1837 Portugal Oporto Porto Coat of Arms Silver Dishes

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£750.00


Product Description

A very unusual and rare pair of antique c1837 Portuguese silver dishes that have the coat of arms of Porto in repousse embossing and engraving decoration.

They may have had the centre part gilded, originally. The dishes are dateable thanks to both the Porto Assay silver hallmark from the early to mid 19th century and the style of the coat of arms. It consists of a shield, with 2 quarters showing the Portuguese Royal Coat of Arms (seven castles and five quinces) and 2 quarters of the old coat of arms of Porto (the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus, flanked by two towers). The new coat of arms was presented by Queen Maria II of Portugal in 1837. She is also known as Dona Maria II "the Educator" or "the Good Mother", and reigned from 1826 to 1828, and again from 1834 to 1853.

Oporto, called Porto in Portuguese is the city that gave the name to Portugal. It is one of the oldest cities and one of the oldest names in the world (from 200 BC). Porto played a fundamental role in defending the ideals of liberalism in the Civil War battles of the nineteenth century. In fact, the courage with which it defended itself during the siege by the Miguelista troops, in 1832-34, was the reason for new Coat of Arms, with the added honorary title of Invicta (Unvanquished). This is seen on the dragon that sits atop of the royal crown. Around the shield is the Necklace and Grand Cross of the Ancient and Very Noble Order of the Tower and Sword of Valour, Loyalty and Merit.

The coat of arms depicted on the 2 silver dishes does have an error in that the quarters of the shield are in fact inverted. This is probably due to the fact, that the new regulations as to the new coat of arms were not yet laid down, at the time that the dishes were made. The pieces came from Hollywood House in Cornwall, where the ancestors had lived in Portugal, in the 1st half of the 19th century.

The dishes are also decorated with repousse foliage and finished with a wavy scallop edge. The condition is very good with little wear to the silver.

Size: 16 x 2 cm (6 ¼ x ¾ inches)
Weight: 257 g

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