Fivemiletown Class copper dish
A repousse copper dish attributed to the Fivemiletown Class from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland.
The Fivemiletown Class was started in the 1890s by Mary Montogomery who was the wife of a wealthy estate owner, Hugh Montgomery. The Class was part of the Home Arts and Industries Association and exhibited annually at their exhibition in the Royal Albert Hall in London. The Class won much acclaim and both John Williams and Mary Williams provided both designs and tuition to the class for many years. Other designs were produced by Mary Montgomery and her husband and some of the more skilled workers, including Patrick Roche.
The dish has an interlacing shamrock pattern and is very finely worked and made from a good gauge of copper. The shamrock motif was frequently by the Fivemiletown Class. A tray with a very similar design attributed to Mary Montgomery can be seen on page 40 of the excellent book on the Arts and Crafts Movement in Ireland, written by Paul Larmour.
Dimensions: 10 1/2″ in diameter and 1/2′ deep
Condition: Good. Recently polished