RARE CHARLES II SILVER BRAZIER, Mark of "B", London, 1677
Square with four cut corners, each having a raised double scroll support, the sides pierced with a band of fleur-de-lys motifs, the sunken square center with a raised central dome, raised on four double C- scroll feet
Mark: B in oval punch; ref. Jackson’s 2009 p. 133; found on a communion service dating 1675, Titchfield, Hants, p. 135, Jackson's 1964 edition.
Peter Waldron, "Antique British Silver": “Dish crosses were a development from the much earlier braziers (which are so rare that they do not fall within the scope of this book…” ). Old London Silver (Montague) relates their onset in English silver at the time of Queen Anne (1702-14), using hot coals for heating, with a receptacle at the bottom to receive the ashes. They were usually pierced for ventilation, and raised on short legs to keep the heat from the table. They were fitted with rising dish supports.