George II Antique Silver Mug


Stock: 9931

Date: 1737

Maker: Thomas Whipham

Country: England

A plain styled antique sterling silver mug, or tankard, of baluster form with a shaped scroll handle with acanthus mount....

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A plain styled antique sterling silver mug, or tankard, of baluster form with a shaped scroll handle with acanthus mount. Excellent quality. Good gauge silver and patina.

Contains 425 ml.
Weight 310 grams, 9.9 troy ounces.
Height 12.1cm. Spread 12.4cm. Diameter 8cm (top and base).
London 1737.
Maker probably Thomas Whipham.
Sterling silver.

Marks. Stamped underneath with a full set of English silver hallmarks.

Literature. The term “mug” is traditionally used for a single-handed, lidless drinking vessel although they are often known as “tankards”. They are nearly all of either pint or half pint capacity. Antique silver mugs are very rarely found as early as tankards, the earliest seeming to date from about 1680


In very good condition.

Maker Information

Maker: Thomas Whipham

Thomas Whipham, London silversmith. Apprenticed to Thomas Farren 1723, free 1737. First mark entered as largeworker 1737. Second mark 1739. Third mark, in partnership with William Williams I (also apprenticed to Farren in 1731), 1740. Livery 1746. Court 1752. Fourth mark, in partnership with Charles Wright October 1757. Warden 1765-7, and Prime Warden 1771. Recorded in 1780 as the purchaser of the church plate of Stoke Bruern, Northants, for £50.12s.8d., the new set having been made by his partner Wright in 1776. In 1743 Whipham entered the widow Ann Farren's mark on the death of Thomas Farren by power of attorney and probably acting as Farren's executor. It is not known if he succeeded to the business and he did not move to Farren's address, possibly his wife was a Farren. Thomas and Frances Whipham had a daughters Frances (b. 1741), Anne (b. 1742) and Mary (b. 1744) and a son Thomas (b.1747). Whipham died 1785 and was succeeded by his son Thomas. Thomas junior was free by patrimony 1768. Livery 1769, Court 1777, and Prime Warden 1790. He died 1815.

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