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Although muffin like cakes were first eaten in the UK around the 10th Century, the term muffin, original spelt ‘moofin’ was first found in print in 1703. ‘The Muffin Man’, a popular childs song and nursery rhyme, was introduced around 1820, and popularised the men would buy freshly cooked muffins from bakers, and resell them on the streets of London. The silver muffin dish was introduced towards the end of the Victorian period, and was used to keep muffins, and other breads, warm at the dining table, with hot water kept in the base underneath the tray.
Hallmarked In 1911
Hallmarked in London in 1911 by Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co., this handsome, George V, Antique Sterling Silver Muffin Dish, is plain in style, simply enhanced with reed borders around the edges of the dish and lid. The muffin dish measures 6"(15cm) tall, by 7.5"(19cm) in diameter and weighs 25.2 troy ounces.
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