The ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians hammered silver into the shape of bowls, because for the most part silver bowls were easier to eat from than any kind of plate or dish. Sterling antique silver bowls were created from the 17th Century to the present time.
A sheet of silver was offered hammered into shape using the stump of a tree. The silversmith would first hammer around the edge and then work inwards towards the centre by hammering in concentric circles. In order to create stability the bowl was generally left thicker on the base and had slightly thinner sides.
click here for more details on this magnificent Victorian silver sugar bowl made by Robert Hennell, London 1843. This is one of several examples of Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian silver bowls on the Warners Antique Silver website.