S/4049 Antique Treen 19th Century Elm Cheese Print or Follower
An extremely fine Royal Victorian elm cheese print or follower, which in early times were known as sinkers and were used for pressing a design on a cheese while in the vat. They were usually made to commemorate a coronation, special occasions or a Royal visit, having the Royal Coat of Arms and initialled V.R. with carved letters including the words, 'Dieu Et Mon Droit' (God is on my right). This example also has the carved makers initials R.H. bearing in mind that as it is used upside down everything is in reverse. It has a small filled shrinkage crack to the top, and has a wonderful rich colour, grain and patination. It is extremely rare to find one in such wonderful condition, retaining a patination.
1½ in. (4 cm.) Deep
18½ in. (47 cm.) Diameter English Circa 1850