A fine English turn-of-the-century papier-mâché, black lacquered and gilt stenciled oval tray, on a black faux bamboo newer base. Mappin & Webb is now 245-years old and is currently in charge of the British Crown Jewels. Jonathan Mappin opened a silver workshop in Sheffield in 1775 and eventually the business was handed to four great-grandsons who incorporate the business as Mappin Brothers Ltd. Jonathan Mappin's great grandson, John Mappin began his own business in London by 1860 and the name became Mappin, Webb, after his brother-in-law George Webb joined the firm. Mappin, Webb & Co. acquired Mappin Brothers in 1903. Patrons include the Queen of France Marie-Antoinette, Empress of Russia and Princess Grace of Monaco. Queen Victoria commissioned Mappin & Webb to create the Golden Jubilee necklace in 1888. We have throughout the years purchased many black lacquered papier-mâché trays, but none of this caliber, for the detailing is outstanding and for us, sets a new benchmark for quality. **There are several repairs and touch ups and althouugh they are difficult to see, we thought it was important to bring it to your attention. Please pay close attention to all detail photos.