WMF Jugendstil centrepiece with glass liner c1885. Twin handled frame with decorative details finished in oxidised silver plate - designed to give it an 'aged' appearance! Shaped emerald green glass liner with original woven-wire posy holder. Stamped "WMF EP OX" signifying that it was electroplated in silver and that the silver plate was "oxidised" to give it a darker patina. The piece (including handles) measures 25 cm width, 8 cm depth and 9 cm in height. Glass liner is 21 cm by 6 cm.
WMF (Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik) traces its origins back to 1853 when the Straub & Schweizer metal works in Geislingen, Germany was established. They merged with Ritter & Co in 1880 – but after financial problems, joined with the Wurttemberg Union Bank to form “WMF”. From its founding as one company, WMF's growth was tremendous - acquiring more factories along the way, notably including "Orivit AG" and "Orion KM". By the end of the 1900's, they were the world's largest producer and exporter of household metalware. For information on WMF visit our Maker's History pages.
WMF Silver Plated Glass Lined Twin Handled Centerpiece c1885
The centrepiece is in very good condition commensurate with age. The silver plate has no signs of wear and minimal sign of age related surface colouration. No chips, cracks or scratches to the glass liner. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.