Charles I Silver Tazza


Stock: 9394

Date: 1634

Maker: Benjamin Francis

Country: England

A fine piece of early English silver. An antique sterling silver footed salver (or paten) of plain form with a...

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A fine piece of early English silver. An antique sterling silver footed salver (or paten) of plain form with a simple reeded border. Small size. Superb colour. Uninscribed.

Total weight 93 grams, 3 troy ounces.

Diameter 12.5 cm. Height 2.5 cm.

London 1634.

Makers mark possibly “BF” for Benjamin Francis (Jackson’s page 109), a known maker of salvers and patens.

Sterling silver.

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


This rare silver tazza is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Stamped on top with a full set of English silver hallmarks. Makers mark part stamped. 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.

Maker Information

Maker: Benjamin Francis

Benjamin Francis, London silversmith, free by patrimony 1630. He is presumed to have trained in his father's busy workshop together with his father's apprentices. During Benjamin's short career he bound 3 apprentices. In 1642 Benjamin was killed during a Civil War clash between the Royalist army and the Parliamentary forces in which the London Trained Bands played a major part in the Parliamentary victory.

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