Armada Plate, also known as a Drake or Elizabethan plates.
The history of the Armada Plates unique design goes back five hundred years. Sir Christopher Harris, a sixteenth century commander of a British Army Regiment, was given a spectacular gift for his service. This gift was a silver banquet service which was found on-board the sunken ships of the Spanish Armada. Around 1645 Sir Christopher’s great nephew, a Royalist Commander based in Plymouth, buried the service in a field near Dartmoor to prevent it falling into Parliamentarian hands. This service was discovered at the beginning of the 20th century and sold by Christie’s in 1911. The design was thereafter copied, including the characteristic raised centre boss of the plate and its broad rim.