A large footed presentation tray to the No.10 Civil Service Company of Queen Victoria’s Volunteers, dated 1865.
This large Sheffield silver plate tray was presented to The Honorable B.F. Primrose, Esqr., and captain of the No. 10 Company of Queen Victoria’s “Q.E.R.V.B.” ( I taking a leap and saying the initials stand for Queen’s Emergency Reserve Volunteer Battalion). The tray is engraved over the entire inner flat surface with coat of arms, panoply of arms, floral and scroll work. The names of the Lieutenant, Ensign, Sergeants, Corporals, and all the Privates are listed here.
The No. 10 Company was part of the Civil Service, and I have not been able to locate any information to enlighten either you or myself, nor on the Captain Primrose.
Within an oval at the tray’s center is the main presentation, “PRESENTED TO THE HONORABLE B.F. PRIMROSE, BY THE Officers, Non commissioned Officers & Privates of the No, 10 (Civil Service) Company. Q. E. R. V. B. ON HIS PROMOTION TO A MAJORITY IN THE BRIGADE: as a mark of respect for him personally and in appreciation of hi valuable services as Captain of that Company during a period of six years. 1865.”
Hallmarked on the underside of this footed tray, are the markings for Martin Hall & Co., Sheffield, England, and the accompanying other marks.
Measurements are 25 inches outside handle to handle, 15.5 inches wide.
Weight is 6. 5 pounds. Condition if fine with light surface lines from incorrect maintenance.
Certainly well worth investing some time in research.