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DISH CROSS

This was a utilitarian piece of silver used during the last half of the 18th century. The center held a spirit lamp or a candle so food could be kept warm.
The four arms could be spread and adjusted to hold either round or oblong dishes.

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They stood on legs, usually in scroll fashion, with decorative feet.
These legs were high enough so that the center was above the table.
On the top of the arms were raised appendages which held plates secure.
The dish cross was invented in Ireland and is sometimes called a " spider"

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