Revolving-Lid Serving Dish, c. 1890
Diminutive silver-plated serving dish has a revolving lid and gilded interior. The lid is engraved with an elaborate vine and floral design and a cartouche that might be suitable for the owner's initials. A shell-motif thumb tab allows the lid to be lifted up to revolve completely around and out of sight. The top surface of the cast border is engraved with a vine motif with texturing behind the motif. The center of the border, both front and back, is embellished with a shield and trefoil pendant. A Green Man adorns the top of each cast, applied leg; the legs end in leaf feet. 7.75W x 6.875D x 5.5T. From England.Historical BackgroundA Green Man can be either a face or head (rarely a body) made of or covered in leaves and is most commonly found as a decorative element in stone architecture. The design is believed to represent life and/or rebirth and often appears on churches and cathedrals some dating to the 11th century.