George I Britannia Standard Silver Childs Mug
Maker: Thomas Tearle
A rare item. An early antique miniature silver mug of plain style with straight sides and a simple scroll handle....
A rare item. An early antique miniature silver mug of plain style with straight sides and a simple scroll handle. Britannia standard silver*. Weight 2.0 troy ounces. Height 6.5 cms. Diameter 5 cms. London 1722. Maker Thomas Tearle.
*Britannia Standard. 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. 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: Thomas Tearle
Thomas Tearle, London silver maker, apprenticed to Gabriel Sleath 1707, free 1715. 1st mark as largeworker 1719, second (sterling) 1720, 3rd mark 1739. Described by Grimwade in his “London Goldsmiths 1697-1837” as an excellent general maker of cups, tankards and salvers…”.
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