George II Antique Silver Cup and Cover
Maker: Gabriel Sleath
An excellent antique silver cup with matching cover having a traditional campana shape and acanthus leaf side handles. The lid...
An excellent antique silver cup with matching cover having a traditional campana shape and acanthus leaf side handles. The lid and body have broad bands of embossed shell scrolls with vine leaf and grape ornament. Excellent plain style and very good weight. To the front is a large and finely engraved armorial within a foliate scroll cartouche, the lid with a dog crest.
Total weight 1229 grams, 39.5 troy ounces. Cup 855 grams, 27.4 troy ounces. Lid 374 grams,12 troy ounces.
Height 26cm (to top of lid finial), 13cm (to top of cup rim). Spread across handles 23.2cm. Diameter of top 13cm.
Maker Gabriel Sleath.
Marks. Stamped underneath the body and the edge of the top rim with a full set of matching English silver hallmarks. The base of the cup has a scratchweight 27=16.
This heavy antique cup is in very good condition. Excellent patina. The engraving is still crisp. Shows moderate signs of wear commensurate with age.
Maker: Gabriel Sleath
Gabriel Sleath (1674 - 1756), London goldsmith, apprenticed to Thomas Cooper 1691, free 1701. Thomas appears to have worked for Isaac Dighton for some time before he entered his first mark in 1707. An outspoken critic of Huguenot goldsmiths working in England he signed the petitions in 1711 and 1716. Livery 1712. 2nd (sterling) mark 1720. 3rd mark 1739. 4th mark, in partnership with Francis Crump his former apprentice, 1753. Sleath's output includes an extensive production of hollow wares such as coffee pots, tankards, cups and covers. His major works include the wine cisterns in the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, and that of the Grocers Company.
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