|Description: An electro-plated meat platter with liquid well and four feet. The platter is oval with a 3.3 cm wide rim. The decorative outer edge is gadroon-like in style, with a paisley shaped motif 1.2 cm wide and 0.7 cm intervals. The main surface is 32 x 20.5 cm and 1.5 cm below the rim. It features a 7 branch liquid well. The base of the well is 10 x 6 x 1.5 cm. The feet are 4.5 x 2 x 0.5 cm positioned at l:30, 4:30, 7:30 and 10:30 o'clock on the underside of the main surface. The material may not be silver plate. It is very reflective, has no tarnish and may actually be chrome or a chrome based alloy electroplated on copper. The under surface at the 'top end' is engraved: "E.P. ON COPPER", "W.M. MOUNTS" ; and a circle enclosing an "L". REF: Millers Silver & Sheffield Plate Marks (John Bly) p. 88. |
Electroplate was a way of plating silver which involved covering metal with a thin layer of silver by the method of electro-deposition. Electroplate wear was used from the 1840s and eventually replaced Sheffield Plate. The base metal that was covered was first copper and then later on nickel was used (EPNS). Electroplate on Copper is considered a reproduction of Sheffield Plate. http://freespace.virgin.net/a.data/sheffplate.htm#Electroplate and http://www.antiquesilverspoons.co.uk/canteenmakers.htm).
This platter belonged to Mazo de la Roche or her companion Caroline Clement. It was donated by Bianca de la Roche, third wife of the adopted son of Mazo, René. René was adopted in England by Mazo in 1931 and died in 1984.
Mazo Louise Roche was born in Newmarket in 1879. She was the only child of Alberta and William Roche. In 1927, her novel "Jalna" published under the name Mazo de la Roche won the $10,000 first prize in a competition sponsored by Atlantic Monthly, this win led to the publishing of a series of novels about the Whiteoak family of Jalna. The Jalna series was exceedingly popular, selling thousands of copies, with "Jalna" being turned into a movie and a television series. Mazo lived in Trail Cottage, which was located on property that had originally belonged to the Benares Estate. Mazo was friends with the Harrises and had visited Benares on several occasions. It has been speculated that the Benares House was Mazo's inspiration for the "Whiteoaks of Jalna". Mazo died on 12 July 1961. See: C.J. Taylor, 'de la Roche, Mazo' "Canadian Encyclopedia, 2000 Edition" (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1999), 639.