A Duchess of Sutherland Cripples Guild large silver platter

A very large and heavy Duchess of Sutherland Cripples Guild silver dish or platter with repousse pattern in arts and crafts 17th century style around the border.  This is one of the best quality DSCG pieces you are ever likely to see and is illustrated in their showroom catalogue as a “hand wrought silver dish, raised ornament (temp Charles II)” costing £35.00.

Price: Reserved

Maker: Duchess of Sutherland Cripple’s Guild

Designer: NA

Date: 1910

Marks: M.S, Birmingham, “l”, DSCG

Material: Sterling Silver

Condition: Very good.

Size: 56cm wide, 42cm deep

Weight: 56 oz, 1.59 kgs

SKU: A170 Category:


The Guild originated in 1898 as The Potteries and Newcastle Cripples Guild. It was set up by Millicent Duchess of Sutherland, a society beauty and social reformer.

The Guilds aims were originally to provide medical treatment to children and to instruct children in a trade or craft. Originally artificial flowers, baskets and photograph frames were made, and boys learnt printing.

By 1902 there were over a hundred boys and girls being taught within the guild. Art metalwork began in 1902 under the guidance of Francis Arthur Edwards. Designs were copied or adapted from historical examples.

The majority of work was made in copper which was silver plated and silver. In 1907 the name of the Guild was changed to The Duchess of Sutherland’s Cripples Guild of Handicrafts as the venture was made into a limited company.

The work produced was sold locally and at 13-14 New Bond Street in London. The metalwork employed 12 boys and a later a number of adults and closed in 1922.

Metalwork is stamped with a crown above the letters ‘D.S.C.G’

Thanks to Colin Pill for this information.

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