Large Silver-Plated Flower Pot, c. 1900
Large silver-plated flower pot features chased floral- and garland-motif decoration and has a cast floral- and leaf-motif border. The pot sits on three fluted and curled-leaf feet with floral-motif mounts. The underside of the pot is imprinted with maker's marks and EPBM. 8.625Dia. x 5.125T. From England. Historical BackgroundDuring the process of chasing, silver is moved with a small pointed tool and a small mallet. Silver is not removed, but designs are drawn in the metal using the tool and mallet. This method is also used to produce a textured background in the design. An EPBM (electroplated Britannia metal) mark indicates that the base metal of an object is a tin-antimony-copper alloy covered with a thin layer of silver by electrodeposition. Not to be confused with Britannia silver, which is a high-grade alloy containing 95.84% silver (sterling silver contains 92.5%). The Oscars handed out at the Academy Awards are made of gold-plated Britannia metal.