William and Mary Antique Silver Tazza


Stock: 10365

Date: 1692

Maker: Benjamin Pyne

Country: England

A fine quality antique silver footed salver with a gadroon edge and cut card applied work to the underside. A...

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A fine quality antique silver footed salver with a gadroon edge and cut card applied work to the underside. A rare feature is the screw action detachable foot. Heavy gauge silver. Hand engraved to the top is a marital coat of arms for Raymond and Jemmett.

Weight 575g, 18.4 troy oz.
Diameter 19cm. Height 7.5cm.
London 1692.
Maker Benjamin Pyne.
Sterling silver.

Marks. Stamped on the top with a full set of English silver hallmarks, lion mark to the foot.

Arms. These commemorate the marriage of Sir Jonathan Raymond (born c1637 died 22nd March 1711), of Houndsditch in the City of
London and later of Barton Court, Kintbury, near Hungerford in the County of Berkshire and Anne Jemmett (died 1st July 1709). Jonathan and Anne were married on the 11th June 1661. Anne was the only child and heiress of Philip Jemmett, of Barton Court aforesaid and his wife, Elizabeth Grimshaw. The connection between the Raymond and Jemmett families appears to be via the brewing trade as members of the Worshipful Company of Brewers, one of the many ancient livery companies of the City of London as both Jonathan and Philip are described as ‘brewers’ in the text of the marriage licence of Jonathan and Anne. Jonathan was Liveryman of both the Haberdashers’ and Brewers’ Companies in the City and served as the Master of the Brewers’ Company for the year 1679-80. That same year he held the office of Sheriff of the City (along with Sir Simon Lewis). He received the honour of knighthood on the 20th October 1679. Jonathan also served as an Alderman of the City (1681-96) as well as the President of St Bartholomew’s Hospital (1687-88).

Literature: From the 17th century until the reign of George I salvers (often called tazzas) were raised on a pedestal foot. By 1700 some were made with the foot unscrewing. Very occasionally this type will also have 3 or 4 feet so that the salver can be used on a lower level.
for Raymond and |Jemmett


This tazza is in very good condition with a moderate amount of wear consistent with age. The detachable screw foot works very well.

Maker Information

Maker: Benjamin Pyne

Benjamin Pyne, apprenticed to George Bowers 1667, free 1676. The maker's mark "single letter P under a crown", found shortly after 1680, appears on the 1697 copper plate at the Goldsmith's Hall, and reappears after 1720, again unentered, can safely be attributed to him. His only authenticated marks are two entered as a largeworker, undated, probably entered in 1697 on commencement of register. He held the position of Subordinate Goldsmith to the King for the coronation of George I only. His son Benjamin was apprenticed to him 21 October 1708, free 8 May 1716 and was elected Assistant Assayer in 1720. By the end of the seventeenth century Pyne was obviously, from his surviving work, a front ranking London goldsmith and shared with Anthony Nelme the main responsibility of upholding native standards against Huguenot competition, even though it's more than likely that he and Nelme employed (or bought up and remarked the work of) the latter to some extent. Pyne's connection with Hoare's bank seems to have continued for a considerable period and is perhaps responsible for the quantity of orders for municipal maces, regalia and church plate he obtained. However the end of his life was sad. On 17 January 1727, when he must have nearly been 75, he resigned from the Livery, probably due to ill health and bad eyesight, and petitioned with others for the place of Beadle to the Company, vacant by the death of John Bodington, and was elected the same day to the post.

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