Antique George I and II Silver Forks
Date: 1713 - 1744
A rare matched set of six Hanoverian pattern three pronged forks. Lovely early English style. Each with a matching hand...
A rare matched set of six Hanoverian pattern three pronged forks. Lovely early English style. Each with a matching hand engraved crest to the reverse. One spoon is by David Willaume I, George I reign and made from Britannia* standard silver. The others are from George II reign and made from sterling silver 925 grade. Total weight 372 grams, 11.9 troy ounces. Length 18.5-19 cms (some variation). Mixed dates 1713-1744. Mixed makers, some unidentified.
Table silver of this date was stamped with “up the handle” silver marks which were punched on the thin central part of the handle and it is not unusual that these stamps are distorted or badly struck and difficult to read.
Literature: Fork 1 – London 1717 by David Willaume I
Fork 2 – London 1733 by William Petley
Fork 3 – London circa 1735 by Isaac Callard
Fork 4 – London 1742 maker “OS” unidentified
Fork 5 – London 1744 maker unidentified
Fork 6 – London circa 1744 maker unidentified
*Britannia Standard silver. In 1696, so extensive had become the melting and clipping of coinage that the silversmiths were forbidden to use the sterling standard for their wares, but had to use a new higher standard, 95.8 per cent. New hallmarks were ordered, “the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia” and the lion’s head erased (torn off at the neck) replacing the lion passant and the leopard’s head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720. Britannia standard silver still continues to be produced even today.
These antique silver spoons are in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Mixed dates and makers. Each has a set of English silver hallmarks punched "up the handle", they are all made of silver and made in the circa 1713-1744 date however not all the marks are clear to read. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
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