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George I Silver Strawberry Dish

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Stock: 8228

Date: 1718

Maker: Richard Bayley

Country: England

A charming antique silver serving dish with a scalloped border and engraved cartouche with armorial to the centre. Britannia standard...

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Description

Description

A charming antique silver serving dish with a scalloped border and engraved cartouche with armorial to the centre. Britannia standard silver*. Excellent patina. Weight 239 grams, 7.6 troy ounces. Diameter 16.5 cms. Height 2 cms. London 1718. Maker Richard Bayley.

Literature: *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 pure. 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.

Condition

This silver dish is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Excellent colour. Stamped on the top with a full set of English silver hallmarks. The engraved armorial is crisp and probably done in the late Georgian period. 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: Richard Bayley

Richard Bayley was apprenticed to Charles Overing in 1699 and turned over to John Gibbons in 1704. Free 1706. First mark entered in 1708 at Foster Lane, London, 2nd mark 1720, third mark 1732. Warden of the Goldsmiths Company 1746-8. Prime warden 1751*. He was known for his good plain hollow-ware such as tankards, jugs, tea and coffee pots. His son, Richard, was apprenticed to Samuel Spindler in 1713.

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