If you are able to lift your eyes from Cameran’s birthing cake, look at the two silver bowls. The one on the right is an 18th century antique, and the one of the left with lion’s mask side-handles is silver of a more recent vintage purchased from @gryphonestatesilver Punch bowl would be an acceptable reference, but more accurate still would be a Monteith Bowl.
A Monteith Bowl is one of the oldest items of decorative silver on the historical record. It emerged in high society around the 1600s. The bowl was originally used as a chilling bowl- filled with ice water to maintain the chilled temperature of stemware. The bowl’s scalloped edge allowed for glasses to be hung upside down in the bowl to chill in advance of serving while also allowing for a ladle and strainer to be cradled in its notches
In high society of the time, a Monteith Bowl became a necessity for all dignified hostesses. Soon after, in order to give the Monteith Bowl a dual use, a detachable collar was added to its design. When its job as chiller had completed, the collar could be detached and the basin used for a punch bowl
The moniker Monteith is derived from a Scot, ‘Monsiur Monteigh’. Historians do not think he had any involvement in the creation/production of the bowls, but simply related by way of sartorial style. Monteith was a larger than life character, known for singing in taverns, whilst donning an unconventional cloak with notched hem that was said to resemble the rim of his namesake bowl.
#themoreyouknow (Sources include @metmuseum @sothebys @gryphonestatesilver @scullyandscully)