Speaker Lowther Presentation Dish, 1910

James Lowther Speaker House of Commons Viscount Ullswater silver dish London 1910
James Lowther Speaker House of Commons Viscount Ullswater silver dish London 1910 DSCN0739 DSCN0740 v2 DSCN0741 DSCN0742 v2 DSCN0743 v2 DSCN0744 DSCN0745 v2

£575.00

Dish - Circular on Pedestal Foot with Hand Beaten Finish - London 1910 by William Comyns - 20.5cm diameter; 710g - EH/9707

This good hefty, shallow bowl was made by William Comyns of London, one of the best silversmiths of the period and has a very interesting provenance. 

This 8" diameter dish stands on a pedestal foot and has a lovely feeling of high quality. The spot hammered finish give it an arts & crafts appearance and the condition is excellent throughout. One of the panels is engraved with a dragon crest and around the top rim is an engraved inscription that reads:

"Presented to Speaker & Mrs Lowther on the occasion of their Silver Wedding by some members of their family March 1st 1911".

James William Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater, GCB PC, JP, DL (1855 - 1949) was a British politician and Speaker of the House of Commons between 1905 and 1921. He was the longest-serving Speaker of the 20th century and came up with the three golden rules for Parliamentary speakers: "Stand up. Speak up. Shut up".

More can be found about this interesting character at this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Lowther,_1st_Viscount_Ullswater