George II Newcastle Silver Bun Pepper


Stock: 7044

Date: 1728

Maker: Robert Makepiece

Country: England

A rare little antique sterling silver pepperette of plain design and having reed borders. Classic baluster shape. The pull off...

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A rare little antique sterling silver pepperette of plain design and having reed borders. Classic baluster shape. The pull off lid has pretty piercing. Weight 116 grams, 3.7 troy ounces. Height 13 cms. Newcastle 1728. Maker Robert Makepiece I.


This pretty little silver pepper is in excellent condition with no damage or restoration. The silver marks underneath the base are clear and easy to read, the top is unmarked. 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: Robert Makepiece

There is a Robert Makepiece listed as a Newcastle maker in Jackson’s “Gold & Silver Marks” page 498. His distinctive “R.M” mark is dated as having been entered on the Assay office plate in 1728-30 however Jackson notes that the mark was probably in use some time before that date. The following details have been taken from Grimwade’s “London Goldsmiths 1697-1837”. Robert Makepiece I could possibly be a relative of the pre-mentioned Robert Makepiece but we've seen no documentation to that effect. Robert Makepiece I, admitted to the Newcastle Guild of Goldsmiths in 1755, free from Goldsmiths Hall by redemption 1759. Livery 1763. Recorded as working 1767-75 but no mark is known for this period. Also working with Edward Carter in 1777. Mark entered in partnership with Richard Carter as plateworkers 1777. Another mark in partnership with Daniel Smith and Robert Sharp 1778. Elected to court 1787. Warden 1792-4. Prime warden 1795. Robert Makepiece II, apprenticed to his father 1776. First mark entered with his brother Thomas II 1794. 2nd mark alone 1795. Livery 1791. Court 1801. Warden 1812-14. Prime Warden 1814. Died 1827.

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