Potato Rings

No, nothing to do with tasty snacks or Irish gangs of colluding dealers up to their shenanigans, rather, potato rings are choice items of Irish silverware.

Though dish rings were conceived in early eighteenth-century London, it was Irish silversmiths who adopted and developed them to the height of perfection; often depicting bucolic scenes comprising farm buildings, rustics, cows, fowl and pigs.

Designed to raise hot dishes above vulnerable polished mahogany dining tables, many Irish dish rings were later equipped with blue glass liners, thereby converting them into serving bowls of sorts and earning them the derogatory moniker ‘potato rings’.

potato_ring_ Edward_Boyce_Dublin_c1784_01aPierced, repoussé and chased dish ring by Edward Boyce, Dublin, circa 1784.

To all Irishmen, particularly those in absentia… happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

Jack Plane


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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One Response to Potato Rings

  1. Eric R says:

    I have to say that the craftsman that produced that piece had to be at the zenith of his skill.
    It is a beautiful piece.
    Thanks for sharing it Jack.


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